A War Against YouCentury Media Records
By Cole Faulkner
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost a decade since Ignite released their landmark album, Darkest Days. In the interim, the Californian melodic punk act teased new material every couple years, but frontman Zoli Téglás’ brief stint in Pennywise as frontman put somewhat of a wrench in any new recording plans until his departure. Finally an album title was announced, and finally a firm release date was set. Still, there was some disbelief stemming from Ignite’s constant delays, begging parallels to Guns N’ Roses’ ill fated Chinese Democracy.
The thing about albums that take too long to see the light of day is that the community and fans tend to assume a sort of mythical, album of the year quality to be the outcome. This is seldom the case. In fact, a lot can change in a decade for a band, and more often than not, fans get an album that differs significantly from the album they thought they wanted or would receive; such is the case of Ignite’s comeback effort, A War Against You.
For A War Against You, Ignite puts their best foot forward by heightening many of their previous musical characteristics, but does so in a way that veers off from Darkest Days significantly. While the Ignite you may know and remember tended to exist in the precarious middle ground between Rise Against and Strung Out, the Ignite of today embraces their metal edge above and beyond that of past efforts. This doesn’t just mean upping the number of high flying solos every few tracks, but also encompasses Zoli operating vocally at a level of piercing highs with more in common with the power metal of their home on the Century Media roster than shoulder to shoulder with their former SoCal brethren. In other words, the tempo feels more hard rock than punk, and the vocals wouldn’t sound out of place in an Auxel Rudi Pel album.
A War Against You puts forth similar mechanics as Ignite’s previous endeavors, but synthesises them quite differently. Right from the start, the shrill, piercing call of “Begin Again” and “Nothing Can Stop Me” channels the iconic highs of theatrical power metal. The effect comes across squeaky clean without as much as a grain of imperfection, which is a minor but significant departure in Zoli’s vocal delivery. How fans will receive the change really depends on their preferences, but it’s safe to assume that those looking for something more in line with Pennywise will be left somewhat askew when the band fires up for one of many searing solos and soaring vocal bridges. By and large, the bulk of A War Against You aligns with this faction without hesitation or reserve.
Echoes of the Ignite of decades past surface primarily when drummer Brett Rasmussen unleashes a thumping, unruly beat. Take the title track for instance, which undergoes a break from clean delivery for a more ragged outcome. The political activist message roars to life with plenty of sweeping melodic choruses and shared bouts of gang vocals that lead into faint “woah-oah” at the tail end of phrases. “If this is liberation then we’re all insane,” shouts Zoli in the aptly titled “Oh No Not Again,” sparking the flame of a classic “Ignite” marching anthem. Perhaps the most meaningful song on the album, “Where I’m From,” also serves as an undeniable lyrical highlight. “I’m still a small town, hardcore refugee, so proud of where I’m from,” sings Zoli, as he pridefully connects with his humble Hungarian roots. Even with some of the changes mentioned earlier, the shear passion and genuineness of the prideful immigrant call overcomes many of the prior shortcomings of Ignite’s stylistic shift.
When a much anticipated album finally comes to light, people tend to judge it for what it isn’t rather than what it is. While I’m somewhat guilty of such an offense, the clear change in alignment between Darkest Days and A War Against You will be met by fans with mixed reactions. While there’s no fault in moving beyond a saturated decade old sound, the newly active Ignite is certainly for a new audience. And if A War Against You is any indication, this new fanbase can only grow as Ignite remains fully committed to giving their all in every note.
Orange County, Calif., punks Ignite detailed information regarding the upcoming release of a limited edition 7-inch and a new album.
The limited edition 7-inch titled Nothing Can Stop Me will drop Dec. 4, 2015. This release will include the band’s new song Nothing Can Stop Me off their upcoming album, and Bleeding and Sunday Bloody Sunday, from their Our Darkest Days Live DVD. Pre-order is available here.
Ignite will release their new full-length titled A War Against You on Jan. 8, 2016 via Century Media Records.
In support of the album, Ignite will perform two shows in Southern California. Following, the band will head to Europe for the EMP Persistence Tour with Terror, H2O, Iron Reagan, Twitching Tongues, Wisdom In Chains and Risk It. Check out the dates below.
Orange County punk act Ignite has announced official details for their next album. The band will release the album, A War Against You, on Century Media Records with their sights set on a January 8, 2015 release. The upcoming album was produced by Cameron Webb (Motörhead, Social Distortion, Alkaline Trio, Pennywise).
The band will be heading on tour in support of the album in January as part of the ‘EMP Persistence Tour.’ Dates are below.
Orange County punk n’roll outfit Lucky Scars, which features former members of Sense Field and Ignite have signed on with Spartan Records. Their debut for the label will be the Rock and Roll Party Foul EP, recorded by Jim Monroe who has worked with CJ Ramone and The Adolescents in the past.
Check out the EP cover art and track listing below.
Orange County punk act Ignite has announced details for their next album. The band will release the album later this year on Century Media Records. The disc will follow 2006’s Our Darkest Days and has yet to be titled.
The upcoming album was produced by Cameron Webb (Motörhead, Social Distortion, Alkaline Trio, Pennywise).
Hardcore group Ignite have entered the studio to begin work on their new album. They are currently in the studio tracking songs for the upcoming record with producer Cameron Webb (Alkaline Trio, Strung Out), who also worked on their last record Our Darkest Days, at Maple Sound Studios in Orange County, CA.
The album will be the first with Zoli Teglas back on vocals after his brief stint fronting Pennywise. They have not yet announced the label that will be releasing the album.
Ignite are also heading out on tour, with dates in the US and Europe announced. You can read the dates announced so far below. More date announcements are forthcoming.
“Teaming up with Cameron Webb again is the perfect situation for Ignite and for this album… We have a level of trust and respect for each other that has come from years of working together. He is basically a member of the band at this point.”
LA based punk band War Generation, featuring Jon Bunch (Sense Field), Brad Lehman(Maylene and the Sons of Disaster) and Craig Anderson (Ignite), have signed to Rise Records. Their debut for the label will be a full length titled Start Somewhere and Never Surrender and is due to hit stores on Sept 3rd.
The band are streaming a song from the album titled Done and Gone here.
Our Darkest DaysAbacus Recordings
By Jose da Costa
Ignite is one of those bands that seems to have been around forever, and I just never got around to listening to them much(I had maybe three songs on my computer), so I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this album. All I knew was that I liked what I had heard and I had been wanting an Ignite album for a while now. So their new release was a perfect opportunity for me to finally hear what they actually sound like. I must say, the vocalists voice isn’t as hard as I would have expected from such a influential hardcore band, it almost feels like it doesn’t belong at times. It sounds good though, probably because he knows how to control his voice as opposed to an incoherent scream(which I have no problem with). The songs are very fast though, so regardless of vocals that I don’t usually associate with, I was really enjoying it by about the third or fourth song. The guitar riffs are pretty fast, have absolutely no chuggy moments, and they seem to have spurts of technicality, although the riffs remain fairly constant. I had a problem picking out the bass like usual, it seems to be just back-up noise I hate to say, unless there’s something I’m missing(which is likely). Then there’s the drums, which didn’t stand out as much as they usually do for me, probably because this band is focused more on the vocals and guitar parts than anything else. The lyrics to the songs are pretty good, there’s a bunch dealing with war, some about personal toils, and a cover of Sunday Bloody Sunday.
I’m sure that if you’re already an Ignite fan, you’ll probably enjoy this album. I’m just not sure how much they changed from their last cd because as I said earlier, I haven’t listened to much by them. My friend who had heard either none or very little Ignite found that the guys voice was annoying. But I wasn’t that bothered by much, except that there’s “secret” material after the last song listed. Lately I’ve been annoyed by this, bands just don’t put an unlisted track in, there’s a gap between the finish of the last song that can last upwards of a few minutes and eventually goes onto some other song. Luckily on this cd, the gap was only about a minute, so I didn’t find myself sitting in silence unknowingly. The secret material on here is interesting, since the vocalist isn’t exactly singing in english, I’m not actually sure what he was speaking, but I digress. This was a solid release and I’m sure I won’t be the only one enjoying it in the near future.
Orange County’s hardcore act Ignite has premiered a trailer for their upcoming DVD, Our Darkest Days Live, which is due out June 19th.
The DVD features 21 songs performed live, a behind the scenes documentary of the band recording their 2006 album Our Darkest Days, as well as several music videos. The live performance was shot in Leipzig, Germany in 2008 when they were on tour with Terror, Strung Out, Death Before Dishonor and BurnThe8Track.
Watch the video below.
Southern California based rock band Nations Afire have made an explosive debut with the new single “I Am An Army,” from their forthcoming full-length album, The Ghosts We Will Become, which is due out later this year.
Nations Afire are a four-piece band that features current and former members of some of the most influential punk and hardcore bands from the past decade. Guitarist Chris Chasse has an impressive resume that includes a tenure with Rise Against (Siren Song of the Counter Culture ‘04 and The Sufferer & the Witness ’06). Vocalist/guitarist Nik Hill and bassist Brett Rasmussen are both long standing members of the Orange County hardcore outfit Ignite and drummer Todd Hennig was the percussive force behind Death By Stereo for three albums. Recorded at the legendary Blasting Room Recording Studios (Rise Against, NOFX, Propagandhi) in Ft. Collins, Colorado. “I Am An Army” is the first single from The Ghosts We Will Become, which will be released later this year. Utilizing years of experience writing, recording and touring with elite punk bands, Nations Afire meld their unique styles of punk, rock and hardcore resulting in an intense blend of fist pumping rock.
Nations Afire will support the new single with shows in Southern California in May. You can listen to “I Am An Army” streaming now at Altpress.com. Check out www.nationsafire.com for more tour dates and news about the band’s new album The Ghosts We Will Become. Tour dates can be found below.
Long running punk rock act Ignite has announced a European tour this summer with shows in Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. It has been six years since the band released their last full length, Our Darkest Days (Abacus Recordings).
Tour dates can be found below.
Orange County’s hardcore act Ignite are set to release their DVD, Our Darkest Days Live, on June 19th.
The DVD features 21 songs performed live, a behind the scenes documentary of the band recording their 2006 album Our Darkest Days, as well as several music videos.
The live performance was shot in Leipzig, Germany in 2008 when they were on tour with Terror, Strung Out, Death Before Dishonor and BurnThe8Track.
Zoli Teglas, lead singer for Ignite and recently appointed vocalist to Pennywise after the departure of Jim Lindberg, has just released a new album under his solo, rock side-project Zoli Band and announced intentions to tour (dates coming soon).
The Zoli Band release is a two disc set titled Red And Blue Album and it includes the re-release of the original Blue record and new songs on the Red. You can check out a trailer for the album below and buy it here.
Pennywise are also currently working on a new album. Read More…