Ignite and Sick of it All…Posted on Friday, May 19th, 2006 @ 11:55am » permalink
You know, I've never been a huge Ignite fan for various fairly insignificant reasons. In the mid-90's when they were more prolific they were a great live band, and I did have a few of their records, but the only one I kept over the years was the "Past Our Means" EP, which I still love. But the recording on "Call on My Brothers" never did it for me, and everything I heard from "A Place Called Home" seemed 50/50, so I never bought it. So when I learned that the band had signed to Abacus Recordings and was going to be putting out a new record (Which I believe is their third full-length, but only their second new release in the last decade – shit, it's been like six years since the last full-length!), I was curious, but skeptical to say the least. Hell, I really didn't even know they were still active! Well, I have to say, I'm shocked, because "Our Darkest Days" is fucking great, and within minutes surpassed "Past Our Means" to become my favorite Ignite release to date.
In many ways I can only partially refer to this as a hardcore record. I don't know, I mean, sure, there are a good number of hardcore styled songs in the zippy and melodic vein that Ignite has always traveled, but a lot of the songs are so god damn catchy and so god damn melodic that it's just insane. I mean, any mainstream "alternative rock band" or whatever could record a handful of these tunes and probably make millions. And that's no insult to Ignite at all, I'm not making any accusations with that statement. Those unbelievably infectious and memorable songs – driven largely by Zoli Teglas' unique voice and soaring harmonies, the dude's just a great fuckin' singer – are by far my favorites, and really make this album what it is. They even drop a cover of U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" – which is probably the 5,000,000th cover of that song, but damn if this isn't one of the better ones. From a logical perspective there's simply no reason Ignite shouldn't become immensely huge based on the quality of these songs ("Let it Burn" and a few others, in particular, fucking blow my mind they're so jammed with hooks), but since the reality of what bands do and do not succeed at that level is certainly not a logical process… who knows? All I know is that these fuckers better not wait another six years to do a new record if they're gonna keep cranking out jams of this quality! It's not for everyone, but I fuckin' love it!
Don't even try to tell me you're not singing along to that shit, 'cause you'd be lying. Shut up, buy it, and exercise those vocal cords: