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Ignite Our Darkest Days


01. Intro (Our Darkest Days) 02. Bleeding 03. Fear Is Our Tradition 04. Let It Burn 05. Poverty For All 06. My Judgment Day 07. Slowdown 08. Save Yourself 09. Are You Listening 10. Three Years 11. Know Your History 12. Strength 13. Sunday Bloody Sunday 14. Live For Better Days
2006 Abacus Recordings
Our score 8

by Cory
5/1/2006

After six long years, Ignite has finally returned with Our Darkest Days, their Abacus debut and first release since parting ways with TVT. Since recruiting unparalleled frontman Zoli Teglas in late 1994, the band has released record after record of socially and politically conscious hardcore that champions some of the most diverse and occasionally unpopular causes around. The fact is that no one sounds like Ignite and it's highly unlikely that anyone ever will. It should be obvious by now that they're among my favorite hardcore bands of all time, but I still can't call this record perfect. A handful of indulgent moments and a general lack of progression might turn off some longtime fans and the band's unique style might not sway newcomers. All in all though, Our Darkest Days is an excellent hardcore record. The disc begins with a one-minute song that serves as an introduction to the record. It could've honestly been attached to the following track and I wouldn't have noticed, but it's good nevertheless. The first full track is "Bleeding," which tackles one of the most obvious issues of the last six years, the Bush administration's use of 9/11 to further their own political agenda. Do we already know this is happening Yes. Are many bands with the intelligence to string together a coherent sentence without dozens of expletives singing about it No. One of my favorite things about Ignite is their ability to sing about politics and social issues in a straightforward and thoughtful manner. Some might call it "preachy," but I'd rather hear a grown man be angry about something worthwhile than the fact that his friends aren't straight edge anymore. Continuing on, "Fear Is Our Tradition" highlights Teglas' vocal ability with one of the album's catchiest choruses and intricately layered vocal arrangements. Most hardcore singers couldn't carry a tune if their life depended on it. Zoli has one of the most developed voices of any punk or hardcore singer I've ever heard. I could picture the guy singing power metal without a problem. "Let It Burn" follows up with another great chorus and some of the album's best guitar work. Much like similarly minded punk pioneers Bad Religion, Ignite's musicianship is often overshadowed by their powerful vocals and lyrics. While they may not possess the range of the aforementioned titans, Ignite are talented songwriters and musicians. Some might argue that melodic hardcore isn't exactly rocket science, but very few groups make it seem as effortless as Ignite. The record continues on up until the final two tracks without a weak point. The disc's second half is faster than the first with a handful of songs clocking in at less than two minutes. The fast and furious "Are You Listening" has one of the record's best riffs, "Three Years" begins with an acapella vocal hook that instantly draws you in, and "Know Your History" has great lyrics and one of the only showy bits of drum playing on the record right near the end. The last two tracks on the record are honestly a little confusing. They've included their cover of "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" by U2, which was released in Europe in 2001 as a bonus track on A Place Called Home. It's not that there's anything wrong with this cover per se, but given the joke that Bono has become in the last five years, it's become infinitely harder to enjoy anything U2-related. The final track combines an acoustic track "Live For Better Days" with a hidden track in a foreign language. I'm not really sure what it's all about, but all three of these last songs strike me as a bit indulgent, especially considering one has already been released and that Zoli has already released an acoustic album. That being said, they're still good songs. My only other detraction from the record is that in six years, Ignite seems to have focused more on tightening up their existing sound rather than expanding it or experimenting with it. For many fans, that won't be a problem, as there isn't much that most would want to change, but I would've liked to hear them try just a bit harder. Everything else about this record is impeccable. The recording is flawless, the performances are spot on in every case and the songs themselves are solid throughout. Bottom Line: Ignite are one of the only remaining hardcore bands from the mid-90's that have never compromised their beliefs or their music. While it may have been quite a few years since their last release, the band hasn't missed a beat, releasing another fantastic album that's at least as good as their previous full-lengths. Fans of newer melodic hardcore like Comeback Kid or Set Your Goals should pick this record up, along with Ignite's entire back catalog. Fans of Ignite's previous work will want to snag a copy of this record as well, as it is another high point in the band's already impressive career.

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ofgo_ 5/1/2006 9:17:41 PM

First.. sounds good, but the vocals.. not the best


deadwithfear_ 5/1/2006 9:19:14 PM

first


TheReapersSon_ 5/1/2006 9:31:54 PM

Ofgo, you are a f*cking dumb gay. This album f*cking rules from start to finish, and there isn't really a weak point on it.


seasnake_ 5/1/2006 9:57:49 PM

great band, great live, great review


chadster_ 5/1/2006 10:49:54 PM

Good review, great band, great CD


narsilxanduril_ 5/1/2006 10:53:59 PM

outside of new U2 being really bad, how is bono as an individual a joke? the guy has done more for human rights and helping people in the worst of places than really just about any one politician you can name in office. and unlike a lot of other celebrities with bumper-sticker causes, he's actually gotten somewhere with helping people in africa, because he does more than just interviews and magazine ads, but actively campaigning and being involved.


eadup_ 5/1/2006 11:19:53 PM

definately a couple of weak points on the album, but some ripping songs very reminiscent of a place called home. good review cory.


GLUCK_ 5/1/2006 11:52:09 PM

GREAT f*ckING REVIEW FROM A GREAT f*ckING REVIEWER! THE OLDEST LAMBGOAT REVIEWER BEFORE ME!


purple nurple_ 5/2/2006 12:29:33 AM

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Alex_ 5/2/2006 1:30:10 AM

this record is sooo f*cking good


bono_ 5/2/2006 2:11:59 AM

record gets a 10/10. First off, Sunday bloody sunday is redone and changed for this album thats why it's on there, plus they still play it live. The band has expanded musically without a doubt, its not even the same guitarists now. The song Fear is our Tradition was a california united song and they took that same direction with some of the others, i dont know what the else this dude wants them to do???... And as far as Ignite not sounding like anyone....no discredit to them, they were basicall


IronBalls_ 5/2/2006 3:17:28 AM

I would give this shit a 9/10. The album could have had a stronger ending to it which is the only half a point missing, the other half of the negative point i would say is that they DID experiment, just not in the right department.


IronBalls_ 5/2/2006 3:20:41 AM

actually f*ck it. the previous albums had a different type of variety among the songs. they brought something new to the table this time around. its a f*cking 9.5/10 album... again... only half a point taken away for the not so perfect finish.


TheReapersSon_ 5/2/2006 3:26:01 AM

This album is ended perfectly. End of story


yeahdude_ 5/2/2006 6:38:43 AM

the vocals are worse than i remembered


arababababa@hotmail.com_ 5/2/2006 10:24:06 AM

shit band, shit vocals, shit reveiwer


gore_ 5/2/2006 12:48:00 PM

^^^gay poster, lives with parents, end of story


TheWood_ 5/2/2006 1:35:01 PM

I heard "Bleeding" and was looking forward to this album. Then I heard "My Judgement Day" began to cringe. Although I haven't heard the entire album, I would consider the latter track a weak point; shit is horrendous.


Captain Howdy_ 5/2/2006 3:28:08 PM

You're all a bunch of asses for giving out so many reviews without clips...sure your opinions are well-informed...but bottom line remains: I likes what I likes. Back up your arguments with clips


zero_x_potential_ 5/2/2006 3:44:39 PM

good review, good cd


Vlade Divac_ 5/2/2006 6:42:09 PM

I saw these guys when I was 12 at my teen center and it was a charity show for some bears in Scotland. The money went for a trough for the bears to shit in so they didnt eat their own shit in some river. They showed me what hardcore was. Zoli is a genius and always gives a good message at every show. And hes like 40 and can bench press 2 Oprahs.


anonymous 5/3/2006 4:47:44 AM

Anyone who bashes the vocals obviously knows nothing about good music. Let's face it, shitty screaming only gets you so far, and Zoli does the clean sung vocals extremely well. Far from whiney or annoying, this CD is awesome, and a refreshing change from the usual bullshit plaguing hardcore nowadays.


justin_ 5/3/2006 10:25:45 AM

TheWood is a gay. great song, as are all of them. only sunday cover is out of place but f*ck it. gay.


ryaninstereo_ 5/3/2006 1:30:16 PM

zoli is an awesome vocalist.


bolognapony_ 5/3/2006 5:24:02 PM

Great f*cking album, even the whiny breakup song rocks. As for not experimenting...too many shit bands out there "experimenting" and creating garbage. I would rather a band nail their own style than to try something new and not quite nail it.


joehardcore_ 5/4/2006 12:05:10 AM

finally a hardcore record gets some love from this damn site.


dannyfitforbattle_ 5/5/2006 8:59:21 AM

gay


Génius_ 5/5/2006 2:30:30 PM

the best album ever


das_ 5/7/2006 1:38:28 PM

hardcore? this band recalls to me green days


dimmak_ 5/11/2006 2:54:18 AM

nice review


2cnts_ 5/11/2006 5:39:54 PM

SOLID f*cking record for those who like HARDCORE. cry about the vocals? you're ignorant. this shit is FUN and it KICKS ASS!


stmpd_ 5/11/2006 6:00:31 PM

i know theres a band with vocals a lot like this. i can hear it in my head but i can't think who it is. WHO HAS VOCALS LIKE ZOLI?


asshole_ 5/11/2006 11:15:22 PM

Another band that makes me pro-abortion. Actually, this record is an abortion. After hearing this, I'm praying for nuclear holocaust, genocide, and bird flu to triumph. I'd even vote for another Bush if it meant this band couldn't record anything else.


Klaus_ 5/17/2006 4:33:39 AM

stmpd! Could it be The Scorpions? Klaus Meine sounds a lot like Zoli. The music is different though... "Wind of Change"... Slumlords made a "great" cover of it. "Our darkest days" is a f*ckin great record. Ignite have improved so much in 10 years from weak to probably the world's best hardcoreband. I'd give this 9.5/10


Beaver Man_ 5/19/2006 8:58:47 AM

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yay_ 1/4/2007 2:22:42 AM

yay


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nycmangler_ 9/16/2007 11:56:20 AM

great cd! f*ck the nu-school haters!