With a spat of melodic hardcore acts these days, it’s tough to stand out from the crowd and even tougher to produce anything noteworthy. So has this latest release from My Iron Lung done anything to distinguish itself – or is it just another on the list of ho-hum releases this year?
Since everything that’s on the internet has to be true, I have to confess something: I haven’t listened to any Jimmy Eat World releases after Bleed American, which is what sparked my interest in their newest release Damage. The nostalgic part of me hoped for people in their underwear partying with the band, but then I realized that the guys in the band must be nearing 40, so that might not quite be the same, but I’d… I’d still watch.
Produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Flyleaf) and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge (Green Day, Paramore, Switchfoot), ‘Damage’ marks the Atlantic debut of one of America’s hardest-rocking bands. From the heavy, husky grooves of “Get Paid,” and “Put Down The Drink” to the metallic punch of “Original Sin” and the ringing dynamics of “Don’t Forget About Me,” the album reveals Emphatic as a remarkable rock outfit with both rare vision and abundant, aggressive energy.