Stray From The Path
16 September 2013
This is the seventh album from the New Yorkers and Anonymous threatens to take Stray From The Path to the forefront of their scene. From the first memorable refrain in ‘False Flag’ of, “F. E. A. Are you listening,” Andrew Dijorio spits various lyrics detailing the entire gamut of anti-establishment-oriented views with righteous punk fury. The next song is called ‘Badge & A Bullet’. You get the vibe and it’s as convincing a political statement as you’re going to hear this year.
Musically, of course it’s a hardore record but the way Dijorio raps and screeches his lines over wailing guitars and chunky, grooving rhythms just shows how heavily they’re influenced by hip-hop-oriented bands like RATM, for instance. It’s the way hardcore has always been and what Stray From The Path are doing is just how it is in 2013.
Like announcing that you met your girlfriend on a dating website, writing a song about the vagaries of Twitter is a bit of an odd one. ‘Counting Sheep’ does just that however, and it leaves an odd taste as Dijorio incites gang vocals about hashtags and retweets IRL. The song is going to date about as well as Friends Reunited has.
Guest vocalists appear in the form of Jesse Barnett of Stick To Your Guns’ gruff, frantic vocals contrasting heavily on the sauntering meander of ‘Radio’ and Jason Aalon Butler of letlive. on ‘Scissor Hands’, who is a much better fit. Once you get over a wonderful, “BLEH!” after 14 seconds that follows a personal rap, Dijorio sings of personal betrayal for pretty much the only time on the record before giving way to Butler’s shriller rasp. It’s a very good song.
Watch the video to ‘Badge & A Bullet’ by Stray From The Path:
The title track closes the 40 minutes of Anonymous and its brooding intro gives way to massive grooves, massive mosh and pretty straightforward hardcore (including another wonderful, “BLEH!” – there are several). All the homages that have been melted down here, along with the occasional curious/questionable moments, mark Stray From The Path out as one of the more interesting hardcore bands knocking around at the moment. It’s time to take note.
Sounds like: letlive., RATM, angry young men
Top tracks: False Flag, Badge & A Bullet, Scissor Hands