No Turning Back "Stronger" CDPosted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 @ 5:48am » permalink
With killer tattoo-themed artwork extremely similar to that of their last album, "Stronger" is the fourth full-length from prolific Dutch hardcore act No Turning Back (on Reflections Records), and "stronger" it is indeed, representing somewhat of a return to form for the band. Of course things continue in that same vein of straightforward NYHC-styled material, but with a more balanced set of memorable, energetic songs. The 14 tracks in 31 minutes range from short, fast, 30-second blasts of traditionally oriented hardcore to your usual two- to three-minute compositions with killer breakdowns and some more of that Madball-ish groove that the band started to stray away from on 2006's "Holding On". Are there a shitload of bands that sound like this across the globe? Yeah, pretty much, as there have been for well over a decade now. But when it's done right, it's done right, and that's just all there is to it. No Turning Back's been on the right track for 11 years now, and despite a few minor falters along the way, when they hit the mark, there's no doubt about it, and this album is arguably their finest to date. Slick artwork, solid songs, great vocal performance, strong recording… good stuff. That's all there is to it.