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Ignite – A War Against You – Album Review

A War Against You
Release Date:  8 January 2016
‪‎Century Media Records‬‬‬‬
Review by Matt Bolton

Ignite return with their 6th studio release, a strong comeback from 2006’s Our Darkest Days, making such an impact that Machine Head covered the title track and album opener Bleeding on the B-side of their Killer be Killed single. Zoli’s distinct voice is what sets the front man apart from other hardcore punk vocalists. Opening track Begin Again welcomes the band back with open arms and we have an instant classic on our hands with that killer voice and more hooks than Mike Tyson.

Nothing can stop me is a great first single with a real fighter vibe, written about a friend who battled cancer, something I can relate to, having won the battle. Both, This is a War and Oh No Not Again showcase the chugging bass of Brett Rasmussen and some awesome hard hitting riffs and solos by Brian Balchack and Kevin Kilkenny. The latter being a catchy sing a long punk anthem. Drum extraordinaire Craig Anderson has kept busy behind the kit with hardcore legends Strife and his drumming on the album is flawless, punking it up and pulling off more changes than the Melbourne weather.

The album doesn’t let up with two back to back highlights; the thrashing You Lie and infectious Descend. Ending with a hidden track sung in Hungarian. It’s great to end the album in the bands native tongue. After seeing Zoli front Pennywise, release stellar album 2011’s All or Nothing and pull it off live, there is nothing the man cannot achieve. Zoli is most comfortable with his band and is back where he belongs. Ignite fans rejoice! Ignite are here to stay! Crank it!




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Matt Bolton

Matt Bolton has been a long time contributor for SF Media and now writes CD Reviews and Gig Reviews for HEAVY. Boltz, as he is known is responsible for his regular column for HEAVY, that being HEAVY Roots. Boltz has a diverse taste in music when it comes to anything HEAVY. Regularly going to concerts and collecting vinyl, trying to get back to playing guitar, music has been a huge part of his life ever since receiving a Beach Boys cassette for Xmas from Rudolf. He believed in Rudolf back then. Now everything from Reggae to Black Metal is blasting through his speakers. His favourite bands range from Mr Bungle, Acid Bath, The Dwarves, System of a Down, Pantera, Inquistion, Melvins, Peter Tosh and Alice in Chains. Winning the battle with the big C, Dimebag Darrell’s tunes helped him through the fight in long hospital stays. ‘Strength beyond strength’ tattooed across his collarbone has a deep meaning and the metal pumps through his veins. Boltz lives and breathes metal. \m/