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Against All Authority - The Restoration of Chaos &... Album Cover
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Vocals 6.75
Musicianship 7.5
Lyrics 6.25
Production 6.75
Creativity 6
Lasting Value 7.5
Reviewer Tilt 8
Final Verdict: 70%
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Vocals 8
Musicianship 8
Lyrics 6
Production 6
Creativity 6
Lasting Value 6
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Against All Authority - The Restoration of Chaos &...

Reviewed by: Brandon Allin (11/16/06)
Against All Authority - The Restoration of Chaos and Order
Release Date: May 9th, 2006
Record Label: Hopeless Records

As conventional and unimaginative as equations often are, redundancy is by no means a sin, and while repetition may not stand a frontrunner in the art of innovation, a triumphant recipe is worthy of commendation alike any other. In the case of Miami, Florida's acclaimed, politically-charged, non-conformist quartet, Against All Authority, duplication has served as a beneficial election, and ultimately advantageous for the outfit's developing, subversive success. Factually, while the troupe's latest reiteration, aptly-titled The Restoration of Chaos and Order, may not attain a commercial fortune, Against All Authority have opted to remain undeflowered, and in truth, while that very determination may be unwise from a marketing perspective, the camp's devotion is admirable.

Yet, while the lot's newest wrinkle is far from inventive, The Restoration of Chaos and Order is bound to gratify the act's pre-existent fan base, and for that may devotees count themselves as relieved. Still, as satisfying as another page in a familiar book may be, I for one refuse to conceal my assumption that a tad bit of incongruity surely would not have injured the clique's meritable reputation. With the appetite for even the most insubstantial experimentation, and in turn, detectably diverse framework, Against All Authority may very well stumble upon the ingredients resolved for brewing economic fulfillment, despite it's controversial desirability. However, regardless of one's lust, the album's framework has been yielded, and facts hold considerably higher significance than petty daydreams.

With a precisely-situated, albeit customary, quote from our highly-controversial "leader," George Walker Bush, to initiate the show, what exactly is one predisposed to anticipate from Against All Authority's contemporary work? While it's doubtful we will uncover additional selective statements from our argumentive president, as envisaged, you will detect breakneck, legislature-themed punk-rock rebuttals in ample supply. On "Sweet Televised Destruction," the album's second offering, audiences will recapture lead vocalist, Danny Lore's, grainy, yet appropriate, approach, and truthfully, while the kingpin's appearance is far from indistinct, his procedure is compulsory. On "All Ages Show Tonight," the following attempt, Against All Authority do very little to diversify their prescription, as the track itself dawns laced with distorted guitars, coarse vocals, airing bass lines, and rank-ridden lyrical content. From a columnist's angle, while the combo's lyrics are nowhere near the level of thought-provoking, in comparison to their subordinates, they're nearly as far from atrocious, though lines including "just another punk alone in the city" can certaintly be spared. On "Radio Waves," the Miami quartet draw more visibily from The Suicide Machines, rather than associated mates-of-state, Less Than Jake. The track, a ska-centered number, is charmingly interweaved and bound with argent brass arrangements, all of which materialize courtesy of recently-departed trumpeter Alan Veronese.

As the album progresses, and our optimistic expectations for meager divergence are abolished, we find "Shut It Down," the record's seventh composition. While adolescent listeners, whose fists squander more hours in the air than anywhere else, may refer to the one-dimensional, punk-rock anthem as defectless, I endorse the notion that we remove a leaf from the group's crys and "shut this fucker down." Fortunately, while the release's midway locas was rather unrewarding, with their succeeding opportunity, Against All Authority serve a bulky order of redemption on "Sunshine Fist Magnet," a ska-tinged, punk hymn characterized by strategically-hitched gang vocals, turbulent harmonies, and a bristly rhythm section. On "Grinding My Life Away," the clot reminisces with a lump of early-90's punk outfits, though the piece is most notably suggestive of battle-scarred acts Suicidal Tendencies and The Vandals. Truthfully, while the structures found on The Restoration of Chaos and Order are eerily nostalgic of the sum's predecessors, and the numbers never administrate much in terms of headway, Againt All Authority's endeavors, though quite feeble, are rather pleasant.

Unfortunately, pleasant is about the only compliment the veteran act's congregation will be able to muster. While The Restoration of Chaos and Order is no less than a boisterous, exasperated, and delightful album, from a critical standpoint, it's difficult to bestow full-scale acclaim. To be blunt, while I will gracefully dispense minor applause for the cluster's latest delivery, it's too counterfactual to disregard the broad field aching for variation, and though Against All Authority will assuredly maintain a fixed seat in the hearts of loyal addicts, I for one will refrain from adducing the Florida-based musicians anymore than middle-ground. But, as the risk of being too "verbose," allow me to dumb this down; The Restoration of Chaos and Order restores nothing more than intermediate artistry.

For Fans OfThe Suicide Machines, Rancid, Suicidal Tendencies, The Vandals, and Less Than Jake
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11:00 AM on 11/16/06
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there's a few solid punk tunes on here.. but it's really nothing that solid in comparison. but cool review pal, see ya soon.
09:55 PM on 11/16/06
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Shit you are a reviewing machine...very good review. Sweet album art, too.
07:50 AM on 11/17/06
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Shit you are a reviewing machine...very good review. Sweet album art, too.
The fact that they're riding in a flying elephant makes it an instant masterpiece.
07:51 AM on 11/17/06
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a big deception for me
a few good songs
11:26 AM on 11/17/06
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yea not their best work

a little late on this one too
12:27 PM on 11/17/06
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Man, this cd is by far an instant classic.
I love every single song off this cd.
Even though it's really repeptitive, it's good, and what's wrong with good repetition?
06:24 PM on 11/17/06
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you are an amazing writer, really good. Sometimes I just read reviews for the writing haha, not for the band.
08:31 PM on 11/17/06
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you are an amazing writer, really good. Sometimes I just read reviews for the writing haha, not for the band.
Thank you very much.
08:31 PM on 11/17/06
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yea not their best work

a little late on this one too
I've always stood by the thought that it's better late than never.
10:25 AM on 11/18/06
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I would tend to identify with your subjective judgments of the compact disc exhibited by the tepid score evaluation but might I impart or suggest that the usage of an extended vocabulary normally deviating from the mean might detract from the overall conclusions and depictions of the record you're wishing to convey to the reader of this article. You obviously have a plethora and eloguent abundance of diction to utilize vis a vis your writing expressions and modalities. But come on homo sapien, this is a record review, not a thesis!
11:01 AM on 11/18/06
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I would tend to identify with your subjective judgments of the compact disc exhibited by the tepid score evaluation but might I impart or suggest that the usage of an extended vocabulary normally deviating from the mean might detract from the overall conclusions and depictions of the record you're wishing to convey to the reader of this article. You obviously have a plethora and eloguent abundance of diction to utilize vis a vis your writing expressions and modalities. But come on homo sapien, this is a record review, not a thesis!
Haha, this was funny - I don't agree with you per se, but I appreciate the humor :)
06:30 PM on 11/18/06
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I would tend to identify with your subjective judgments of the compact disc exhibited by the tepid score evaluation but might I impart or suggest that the usage of an extended vocabulary normally deviating from the mean might detract from the overall conclusions and depictions of the record you're wishing to convey to the reader of this article. You obviously have a plethora and eloguent abundance of diction to utilize vis a vis your writing expressions and modalities. But come on homo sapien, this is a record review, not a thesis!
I enjoyed your response, as well. I know I'm far too "verbose" on certain occasions, and perhaps even for my own good, but I have very descriptive style, and in my opinion, extensive description is a far more superior than the exact opposite.
04:23 PM on 11/20/06
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I enjoyed your response, as well. I know I'm far too "verbose" on certain occasions, and perhaps even for my own good, but I have very descriptive style, and in my opinion, extensive description is a far more superior than the exact opposite.

it's all good!
12:59 AM on 06/22/07
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Decent record, but will never come close to the greatness that was "24-Hour Roadside Resistance."
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