Album Review: The Bronx/The Bronx (III)

By on Monday, 3rd November 2008 at 6:06 pm

The Bronx Tone UpWith the release of The Bronx’s third album (thoughtfully entitled “The Bronx III”) the punk scene definitely has a new titan on the block. The hardcore sound produced by growling guitar riffs and vocals full of aggression has actually seen the band tone down. Earlier records produced by the band were truly wild while this latest addition has an element of control to it.

Of course, there’s still plenty of aggressive punk to be found on the disk. The majority of the record still carries most of the raw intensity of their debut album, and songs like “Digital Leash” show that the band still contains the same energy that drove them the first time around. Other tracks such as “Young Bloods” almost sound like pop compared to more blunt tunes like “Inveigh”.

The album definitely fits the classic Bronx sound but at the same time the guys seemed to have matured their approach with great variety. Singer Matt Caughthran’s trademark gruff yell is sometimes replaced with a mellow croon which brings a nice depth and break from the bands typical sound. The album seems to be a genuine improvement for the band but it also seems that the LA punks can develop even more for their next release. The more commercial sound should turn a lot of heads but it is not one to play to your grandmothers.

The big question is where does the band go from here?

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