Album: Victory Lap
Genre: Punk Rock
Review by Steve Jenkins
Punk rock music has always been a great outlet for expressing your opinion on serious problems occurring around the world, whether it's political or otherwise. But there's been a steady decline of bands stepping up to the plate and making their voice heard, but Canadian punk outfit Propaghandi are certainly an exception and a cut above the rest.
On their newest album, Victory Lap, they're back with studio album number seven and it's been 5 years since their last release, so they've got a lot to say. Sending important messages with plenty of rage, energy, emotion and pure heartfelt moments. Whether you're into politics or not, there's no denying that their music is certainly something you can get behind with how interesting and intelligent the lyrics are, as well as the impressive level of musicianship. Accompanied by thrashy guitars, ska-style groove, razor sharp drumming and even some metal influence thrown in there, the end result is just awesome.
Victory Lap offers up a dose of mostly everything they've ever incorporated into their sound over the past 15 years or so, featuring thrashy energy and melancholy emotion. It's nothing game changing, nor have they switched up their sound that have made them so well respected, but for the lack of innovation they make up for it with absolute top-notch song writing. With standout speedier tracks such as “Comply/Resist”, “Letters to a Young Anus” and "Failed Imagineer" to the melancholic breather of “Nigredo” and benign “Lower Order (A Good Laugh)”. Victory Lap relinquishes an excellent balance of different moods, making the LP engaging from start to finish. There's no denying that Propaghandi have brought a very heavy and important message with them on this record, but they deliver it with a little more of a uplifting spirit this time around rather than something more sombre.
The musicianship on offer here is exceptional, from the groovy bass playing, the thunderous drum fills, to the fantastic guitar solos and unforgiving tempos. Instrumentally this record, unsurprisingly, offers a countless supply of stellar moments, and really showcases the talent in the band, dare I say, more so here than anywhere else. Victory Lap is hands down the best sounding punk album I've heard all year and I think this deserves as much attention as possible. You're definitely going to have a great time listening to this album, and you might actually learn something. Don't let this album slip past your radar, listen to it now.
8.5 out of 10.
Watch the official video for "Failed Imagineer" below:
Victory Lap is out now via Epitaph Records.