Gotta love Canadian punkrock scene. So many awesome bands, so many awesome labels, and of course awesome people who make the scene possible there! Shift-D from Ontario were formed in the mid nineties but went on hiatus until 2013.when they reformed again. This is their new record out now on Thousand Islands Records and I listened to it and reviewed it for this webzine!
The record contains intro plus seven songs of melodic hardcore punk. This band is very technical and knows how to handle their instruments but still they left that punkrock somehow careless and free vibe in their songs and I love that vibe on the record. After the intro the opener “Recovery” makes you recover from the bad day and you listen to that fast and melodic punkrock song and forget about all the shitty problems. “Reasons” is a mid tempo melodic punkrock song with a lot of emotion behind it and it is one of my favorites on this record. “Crowns and Anchors” is another heartfelt song with a memorable and catchy main guitar melody and I don´t know why that melody somehow reminded me of a mixture of country song and Hawaii hehe. The vocals on the record are awesome, neither snotty nor too melodic, just right, and the backing vocal harmonies are killer, too! “Straight to Hell” is a fast, more aggressive and technical punk song with political lyrics told in personal way, as far as I understood it. “Sorry” is a punkrock song that made me somehow sad because of the lyrics and the vibe. “Vicious Memory” is another song that had a strong impact on me, being intense melodic anthem. The closing “One Man Show” surprised me with reggae beat and I loved how the overall vibe of this record is kinda sad and made me somehow nostalgic and sad, but also full of hope. Awesome record!
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