They are back! The future of these Cali punks was uncertain for a bit when lead singer Jim Lindberg recently left the band. Ignite’s singer, Zoli Teglas, took over vocal duties and does pretty well filling the shoes of Jim, though of course some fans will be absolutely up in arms about this. The sound is still Pennywise but resembles more of a hybrid between Pennywise and Ignite. Some fans may dig it and others will cease their Pennywise romance as a result. The lyrics get a little preachy at times but the messages address some important issues and demand action. Instead of the usual punk ethos “life is shit,” this albums take a better approach “life is shit… let’s make something of it!” The four cuts in a row “Let Us Hear Your Voice,” “Seeing Red,” “Songs of Sorrow” and “X Generation” are infectious and empowering with some nice shout alongs to boot. Considering the change this band has gone through it is clear that Pennywise’s veteran status and experience has pulled them through a slump that could have been the band’s downfall. This is by no means their best album but for the fans that stick with their beloved Pennywise, you will not be disappointed. (Epitaph, epitaph.com) Scott Wolfe
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