The Bronx – The Bronx (IV) The Bronx – The Bronx (IV)

bronxPreparing to review the fourth self-titled album from The Bronx was actually my first time hearing them. I had heard of The Bronx, but haven’t been listening to their genre of music in nearly a decade. Maybe because of that, the first few listens made their music seem somewhat out of fashion, nostalgic even. As with any style of music, the underlying core doesn’t necessarily change over time, it’s the listener who is more prone to change. Once I became open to listening to what The Bronx is doing, as opposed to comparing it to another time in my life, or the bands I listened to at that time, it struck me how good this album really is. It’s simple, heavy music, yet complicated enough to stave off any boredom. It’s in your face hard-core music, yet catchy, keeping you hooked.

The album kicks off just the way it should with “The Unholy Hand.” The grunge heavy guitar riff that opens the song is like a punch in the face. It comes out of nowhere with a ton of force, and the song doesn’t let up through it’s entirety. As with most songs on the album, there is so much going on at all times that it’s an aural assault. Shortly after “Along For The Ride” begins, it’s clear The Bronx is not a one-trick pony. As opposed to the previous track, this showcases some tricky timing, and a bit more melody. Both songs are equally good, but so incredibly different. That just shows the complexity of their writing and performance.

Most of the album showcases some sort of mix between the two aforementioned songs, in different and interesting ways. “Style Over Everything” and “Too Many Devils” are especially good examples, blending the force of the first track, with the complexity of the second track. They are both contenders for the best song on the album. They’re both heavy, have a lot of screaming, great lyrics, and incredible musicianship.

“Life Less Ordinary,” the second to last track slows things down a lot. Its slow guitar and bass riff bring things to a halt, and the vocal track makes it a fairly haunting song. The last track on the album, “Last Revelation” picks things back up a bit, but the album never really recovers fully. Both songs are quite good in their own right, but unfortunately drain the energy out of an otherwise perfectly heavy album. If one thing, it does leave you wanting to start the whole thing over again.

A lot of times, reviewing an album leads you to a point of you not wanting to listen to it anymore. Too many scrutinizing times through a record can jade the experience. Reviewing the newest self-titled album by The Bronx has left me with the exact opposite experience. It is practically all that I am listening to at the moment. Maybe it’s because the last songs don’t live fully to the potential of the rest, making me want to start from track one. Maybe it’s because the album has reinvigorated my taste for this genre. Either way, it’s a great record and has made me absolutely need to discover what else these guys have done.

The Bronx (IV) – Track Listing:

1. The Unholy Hand
2. Along For The Ride
3. Style Over Everything
4. Youth Wasted
5. Too Many Devils
6. Pilot Light
7. Torches
8. Under The Rabbit
9. Ribcage
10. Valley Heat
11. Life Less Ordinary
12. Last Revelation

The Bronx - The Bronx (IV), reviewed by Daniel G on 2013-01-31T07:58:12-08:00 rating 4.0 out of 5

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