American Steel has been around for a few years and â€œDestroy Their Futureâ€ marks the fourth full length released by the band. Individuals may think that their Fat Wreck Chords debut is their first, but they would be mistaken; this mature (in regards to arrangements and overall sound) band comes forth first on â€œDestroy Their Futureâ€ with â€œSons of Avariceâ€, which is a track that ties together a Cramps sound with something more current, something more like Lucero and Against Me! than anything else. The addition of a small piece of alt-country to the mix gives â€œSons of Avariceâ€ a full sound that assaults all senses equally.Â
â€œDead and Goneâ€ brings a slower, more New Romantic sound to â€œDestroy Their Futureâ€. This does not mean that there is not a Dexter Holland-type of vocals present during the track, or that the band does not come forth with an incredibly catchy chorus, but the band is masters of uniting styles that would normally seem separate. The nearest comparison that I could make to American Steelâ€™s sound during â€œDestroy Their Futureâ€ would have to be to late Alkaline Trio; the same unity of punk, atmospheric rock and echoing, distorted guitars is present during both of the bandâ€™s tracks. What sealed the deal for me in regards to this comparison has to be the fact that the lead singerâ€™s vocals are more than passingly similar to Alkaline Trioâ€™s â€œWeâ€™ve Had Enoughâ€. The added years between the bandâ€™s tours on Lookout and Fat Wreck have smoothed away some of the sharp crags that were present on tracks such as â€œRogueâ€™s Marchâ€.
What results with â€œDestroy Their Futureâ€ is something that still has the raw emotion and energy that was present in a â€œRogueâ€™s Marchâ€, but with increasingly intricate arrangements and a better sense for what pieces fit together the best during a track and what should ultimately be avoided. The resulting â€œDestroy Their Futureâ€ is the bandâ€™s best set of recordings to this date, and makes me confident that they will be able to further step up their game with the albums that will be released in the years to come. American Steel is yet another standard-bearer to the emotional, angry punk rock that has previously been championed by Against Me and Latterman, and has been a genre without a heading band since AMâ€™s lost of spirit and Lattermanâ€™s break up. Pick it up.
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