I recently read an interview where Sick Of It All singer Lou Koller mentions that kids always tell him how they like new albums from his now 20 year-old NYHC outfit, but how they LOVE the first record. His commentary is delivered in typical Koller deadpan humor: "Have they heard our old records?"
But non-believers should listen up right now. The new SOIA album, Death To Tyrants is simply fucking ferocious. I doubt there will be matinee-sytle, moshoholic hardcore record that can match it for the rest of the year.
The years have honed Lou's bloodthirsty yet-somehow-melodic scream to near HC perfection. The production is loud, crisp, and brutal without going into chugga-chugga metal territory. But what puts the icing on the cake is the lyrics. Ain't no typical "you stabbed me in the back" here. No, these are words forged by some very angry and intelligent adults who are very angry at some very real things.