Album of the Week – Four Year Strong – Rise or Die Trying

Good lord this album is just a pure slice of pop-punk gold

Celebrating it’s tenth anniversary Four Year Strong are currently re-releasing the album on exclusive print runs as well as touring the world in celebration of the album…and boy does it deserve it.

The album that arguably put Four Year Strong on the map, it’s jam packed with everything I would say makes a top pop-punk album: Big riffs, Catchy Choruses and Gang Vocals .

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Now it’s no secret i’m a sucker for big riffs and this album has them by the fist full, Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die; probably the most known track from the album; is the prime example, from the opening of the song to the break down in the middle, it’s everything what gives the band it’s identity so much so they have named a song Beatdown in the Key of Happy. There are so many more examples I may as well just write out the tracklist for the album.

Catchy Choruses is something Four Year Strong never fail to come up with, Bada Bing! Wit’ a Pipe! Is a prime example of their ability to come up with a chorus that you just want to learn straight away to be able to sing it every time, Maniac (R.O.D.) Is just another example of a sing-along chorus that incorporate gang vocals so perfectly.

I wouldn’t go as far to say this is Four Year Strong’s best album in their collection but it’s good fun and it felt only right to honor it on it’s 10th anniversary, if you’re one for collecting vinyl then this is one you definitely need to add to the collection.

Weekly Playlist – 23/10

The Weekly Playlist is back again for another week, featuring a variety of rock music from the latest releases to some absolute classics you may not have listened to in a while.

This week we have new releases from Frank Turner, Roam and Waterparks, as well as the latest single from Weezer called ‘Happy Hour’ which will feature on their new album Pacific Daydream. We also have classics from Guns N Roses, Metallica and Van Halen which was also a cracking track to play on Guitar Hero with the banging solo at the beginning of the song.

Also introducing Finn Doherty to this week’s playlist with his song ‘Bruv’ a singer/songwriter local to Norwich and North London.

Check it out below:

Tracklist:

  1. Rise Against – Intro/Chamber The Cartridge
  2. While She Sleeps – Hurricane
  3. Guns N’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle
  4. Metallica – One
  5. Royal Blood – Lights Out
  6. Foo Fighters – These Days
  7. Green Day – Jesus of Suburbia
  8. Slipknot – Duality
  9. Waterparks – Blonde
  10. Neck Deep – In Bloom
  11. Finn Doherty – Bruv
  12. Weezer – Happy Hour
  13. Frank Turner – There She Is
  14. ROAM – Playing Fiction
  15. Tonight Alive – Temple
  16. The Sherlocks – Live for the Moment
  17. Primal Scream – Loaded
  18. Four Year Strong – Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die
  19. BlackWaters – Fuck Yeah
  20. Liam Gallagher – Greedy Soul
  21. Van Halen – Hot For Teacher

Bands re-issue albums in limited edition pink for charity

Rock record collectors, this will be definitely something you will be interested in!

Running for the fourth year now, ten bands will be re-issuing their albums as a limited edition pink vinyl, with all proceeds going towards sponsoring Gilda’s Club NYC.

This will include Metallica’s latest release Hardwired to Self Destruct, Mastodon’s Emperor of Sand and Four Year Strong’s ten year anniversary release of Rise or Die Trying.

You can find all of the albums up for this special limited re-issue up for pre-order on Banquet Records website