Album Review: Four Year Strong/ Rise Or Die Trying

By on Thursday, 6th November 2008 at 3:16 pm

With influeneces that span from hardcore originators Gorilla Biscuits, to Florida’s pop punks New Found Glory, this Massachusetts five-piece have taken thier favourite sounds from pop punk harmonies to hardcore riffing and melded them into one hell of a bruising music formula.

The band are definitely for fans of Fall Out Boy and in fact Four Year Strong are signed to Pete Wentz’s record label, Decaydance. The songs on the latest album are all worthy of high chart positions in my mind and the one that stands out has to be “Bada Bing Wit’ A Pipe”. Its catchy vocals are hard to dislike and the up tempo melodies add fantastic spice to the track.

It must be noted that the band members have a great range of talent with a tremendous range of sounds. Some of their tunes are poptastic while others like “Beatdown in the Key of Happy” thrive with heavy guitar riffs that could fit in with a Trivium track. The album never pauses, not even for a second. The slowest song is “Catastrophe,” and even on that song, the band has only taken the speed down about half a notch.

Listening to Four Year Strong makes me tired. You might think that’s a negative thing to say about a band. In this case however, it’s a compliment. I get tired because I imagine all the mosh pits, gang choruses, and synchronized handclaps that a Four Year Strong show must be full of.

Head over to thier myspace and have your ears perplexed!

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