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Outbreak Failure


01. Down Not Out MP3 02. Handed To You 03. A.S. 04. Lessons Learned 05. Test of Time 06. Lost For Words 07. New Beginning 08. Giving Up, Giving In 09. Losing Streak 10. Behind The Screen 11. Built To Break 12. Chewed Up, Spit Out 13. Voices In My Head 14. Restless Minds 15. Wasting Away 16. Square One
2006 Bridge Nine Records
Our score 7

by Cory
7/22/2006

There's something to be said for hardcore acts more interested in blowing the listener away with their sheer intensity than blowing anyone's mind with technical prowess or style. Outbreak is definitely one of these bands and their latest album Failure is an unrelenting twenty-minute hardcore tour-de-force. Unlike many of their irrepressibly positive contemporaries, Outbreak have consistently focused on the negative side of things and this time have created a concept album of sorts dealing with failure (obviously), resignation and hopelessness. It's not a new concept musically or lyrically, but it's just so well done, I can't help enjoying it. Fans of fast, pissed-off traditional hardcore will definitely want to check out Outbreak if they haven't already. They play the style exceptionally well and provide all the necessary sing-alongs and mosh parts to assure both a fun listen on CD and suitably wild live show. Ryan O'Connor's vocals should be a drawing point to most listeners, as they are fairly unique for the style, sounding a bit like a cross between Kid Dyamite's Jason Shevchuk and a hardcore version of Joey Vindictive. The relatively high-pitched, sneering delivery could turn off some listeners, but I loved it. The Kid Dynamite comparison spreads into the music a bit too, but more in delivery than songwriting, as there is precious little melody in these sixteen tracks. Despite my previous statement that failure was no groundbreaking subject for a hardcore band, I think it is interesting to see an active band speak so candidly about the relative futility of what they're doing. It's as if they understand that their hard work and dedication can never truly be rewarded financially, but the album itself is a testament to their endurance in the face of that adversity. Interestingly though, the disc's closer features guest vocals from former Comeback Kid vocalist Scott Wade, who split with his band during the same period he recorded this guest spot. It's a fitting final note for Wade as well as for the album, giving a final concrete example of the sort of resignation the album itself deals with. Bottom Line: This is a rock solid hardcore record with more than enough listenability to make up for any lapses in innovation. Outbreak have delivered consistently since their debut EP and Failure is no exception. Again, while this record probably won't hold much appeal to someone without a strong inclination towards hardcore, it should definitely satisfy any fan of the genre.

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hxcobd_ 7/22/2006 10:37:39 PM

I always get the f*cking first post. Anyway, cool Maine band, so-so album


GymAndJizzuce_ 7/22/2006 11:02:01 PM

7/10 is fair. Fun band live, good dudes.


carl k_ 7/22/2006 11:10:13 PM

awesome cd.


anonymous 7/22/2006 11:26:05 PM

why is cory the only reviewer?


Rich_ 7/22/2006 11:44:04 PM

f*cking intense album...just picked it up today, nothing's changed, just great hardcore


ryaninstereo_ 7/23/2006 1:48:03 AM

good album. not as good as the previous. but still f*cking solid.


scandy_ 7/23/2006 10:06:59 AM

i enjoy it quite a bit


say10_ 7/23/2006 7:45:30 PM

i loved their last album. this one tho is kinda disappointing. bummer


sawtooth_ 7/24/2006 8:15:42 AM

the vindictives!


dingus_ 7/24/2006 5:32:36 PM

Kid Dynamite? More like the Bad Brains. Record is awesome.


anonymous 7/24/2006 8:02:02 PM

Im pretty disappointed with this CD and it was definitely one of my highly anticipated follow ups...ahha oh well though, still decent, and its not like the band gives a shit what i think anyway.


bigego_ 7/24/2006 8:17:49 PM

good fun cd cool neat kewl k%l


Baller_ 7/10/2007 9:56:31 AM

f*cking great CD, Intense from A To Z, same formula but great hardcore