A couple years ago, while aimlessly walking around at the Warped Tour, The Exposed‘s frontman Tony Corrales lured me and my uncle over to the band’s merch tent. He handed us a pair of headphones so we could listen to what was, at the time, the band’s new album “In the Face of Resistance,” saying we’d like it if we were into bands like the Bouncing Souls and Rancid. After a few seconds of listening to the album’s first track “RCP” (Rebel City Punks) I was hooked and my uncle was as well. The band’s music was unlike anything else I had heard at the time, and the way they fused catchy ska-laden verses with punchy punk rock choruses blew me away.
Now, years after that blisteringly hot summer day at the Warped Tour, I am sitting here writing a review for The Exposed’s brand new album “Static Armageddon.” The catchy hooks, awesome rock-n-roll style guitar riffs, and all-around phenomenal instrumentation this record is jam-packed with make it, in my humble opinion, even better than the masterpiece “In the Face of Resistance” was.
Though all of the songs on this record are amazing in their own unique way, I obviously can’t talk about each individual track, so I’ll simply discuss a few of my personal favorites, which include the album’s first track “Young, Dead & Remembered,” the fourth song “To Your Demise,” and many others.
In spite of the first track’s title sounding extremely melancholy, “Young, Dead & Remembered” is extremely upbeat and happy sounding, sporting lines like “Time’s a healer – I need time of my own,” backed-up by fantastic vocal harmonies and whoa!s. And with a powerful chorus proudly shouting “No one else can tell you what you already know. I wouldn’t say they’ve got me by the throat,” the album’s fourth track “To Your Demise” will surely serve as inspiration to those of us who have become apathetic or unwilling to try.
Of all the songs on “Static Armageddon,” the punch-packing title track, fully loaded with a driving drum beat, ripping punk-n-roll style guitar riffs, and whoa!s and hey!s to boot, is by far, my favorite. (The fact that the title of the song is so bad ass works in its favor as well)
So, overall, this album is almost flawless. The fast songs are great, as are the slower ones. My only complaint is that there are absolutely no songs with the band’s signature brand of ska-punk on this record. I suppose I can always go back and listen to “In the Face of Resistance” if I wanna hear songs with that sound, though, so the issue isn’t a complete deal breaker for me.