REVIEW: Stick To Your Guns – ‘Disobedient’

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Artist: Stick To Your Guns
Album: Disobedient
Genre: Hardcore Punk
Label: Sumerian Records

Even though they may have taken the world by storm with their critically acclaimed 2012 release Diamond, an extra step was needed in order for Stick To Your Guns to solidify their place in the punk rock and hardcore world as one of the most important acts in the scene. That step is showcased in Disobedient, a punk outcry filled with uplifting lyrics and genre-changing melodies. While keeping relentless riffs and screaming vocals intact, the band has evolved to a more polished overall sound with solid production that expands on their previous releases.

Starting off with the opener “It Starts With Me,” the album leads right into the crushing “What Choice Did You Give Us?” that screams for reform and suggests that the masses can make their own decisions. Then comes the first glimpse of the album fans initially got with “Nobody,” showing maturity in a band exploring their sound in a melodic way. The soul-crushing “RMA (Revolutionary Mental Attitude),” which features a guest spot from Toby Morse (H2O), has one of the more striking “metal” progressions found on the album that is reminiscent of older STYG material.

The eclectic track “Nothing You Can Do To Me” boasts fast-paced and brutal verses — including imposing vocals from Walter Delgado of Rotting Out — to a chorus that is awe-inspiring in its growth with the band’s sound. “To Whom It May Concern” is the one track that didn’t really catch my attention personally but still shows the maturity STYG set out to prove themselves with within melodic-driven measures. “The Crown” brings the aggression right back and shows vocalist Jesse Barnett’s clean vocals soaring throughout the song, showing a wider versatility with his delivery.

“I Choose Nothing,” easily the heaviest song on the record, features a sample of Charlie Chaplin’s infamous and always-relevant speech from 1940’s The Great Dictator, just before an all-out explosion occurs from all five members, eventually leading to an intense breakdown featuring Scott Vogel from Terror. With the ongoing “it starts With me” theme shown in title track “Disobedient,” the record closes out with the comprehensive “The War Inside.” The song is a summation of all of STYG’S recent albums in terms of musical delivery.

Overall, Disobedient lived up to the hype with the three-year wait since the release of Diamond. I can understand the hardships of putting this record out because of its delicacy and importance in the scene and how revered the band’s music has become over the years. With producer John Feldmann’s guidance and production chops this record should not be overlooked, but “obeyed” by the masses to fathom what it’s like to take a stand in what you believe in to further your life’s expectancy in achieving your goals and making a difference for generations to come.

SCORE: 8.5/10
Review written by Ryan Kappy

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  • zachlawrence

    Even though they may have taken the world by storm with their critically acclaimed 2012 release Diamond, an extra step was needed in order for Stick To Your Guns to solidify their place in the punk rock and hardcore world as one of the most important acts in the scene. That step is showcased in Disobedient, a punk outcry filled with uplifting lyrics and genre-changing melodies. While keeping relentless riffs and screaming vocals intact, the band has evolved to a more polished overall sound with solid production that expands on their previous releases.

    Starting off with the opener “It Starts With Me,” the album leads right into the crushing “What Choice Did You Give Us?” that screams for reform and suggests that the masses can make their own decisions. Then comes the first glimpse of the album fans initially got with “Nobody,” showing maturity in a band exploring their sound in a melodic way. The soul-crushing “RMA,” which features a guest spot from Toby Morse, has one of the more striking “metal” progressions found on the album that is reminiscent of older Stick To Your Guns material.

    The electric track “Nothing You Can Do To Me” boasts fast-paced and brutal verses, including imposing vocals from Walter Delgado of Rotting Out, to a chorus that is awe-inspiring in its growth with the band’s sound. “To Whom It May Concern” is the one track that didn’t really catch my attention personally but still shows the maturity Stick To Your Guns set out to prove themselves with within melodic-driven measures. “The Crown” brings the aggression right back and shows vocalist Jesse Barnett’s clean vocals soaring throughout the song, showing a wider versatility with his delivery.

    “I Choose Nothing,” easily the heaviest song on the record, features a sample of Charlie Chaplin’s infamous and always-relevant speech from 1940′s The Great Dictator, just before an all-out explosion occurs from all five members, eventually leading to an intense breakdown featuring Scott Vogel from Terror. With the ongoing “it starts With me” theme shown in title track “Disobedient,” the record closes out with the comprehensive “The War Inside.” The song is a summation of all of Stick To Your Guns recent albums in terms of musical delivery.

    Overall, Disobedient lived up to the hype with the three-year wait since the release of Diamond. I can understand the hardships of putting this record out because of its delicacy and importance in the scene and how revered the band’s music has become over the years. With producer John Feldmann’s guidance and production chops this record should not be overlooked, but “obeyed” by the masses to fathom what it’s like to take a stand in what you believe in to further your life’s expectancy in achieving your goals and making a difference for generations to come.

    i fixed your spelling mistake :p good review XD helped me right mine for the paper ^^

  • zachlawrence

    :/

  • zachlawrence

    never mind you meant eclectic XD