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The Flatliners | Cavalcade

Fat Wreck Chords

From the opening chords of this Ontario punk quartet’s third full-length, Cavalcade hits the gate with a full force of uncontrollable audial magnitude. Armed with a lyrical complexity embedded within a handful of catchy choruses, the group reveals much more depth than one would typically attribute to a punk band, as the years of refinement and development have paid off for these guys. Lead singer Chris Cresswell’s voice evokes both the euphoria of glory and despair of defeat, each being common themes found throughout the album. Rest assured though you’ll still find them thrashing their way through the record, with tracks like “The Calming Collection” and “Monumental” as notable highlights. Another standout song would have to be “He Was A Jazzman,” which exhibits the band’s ability to produce a track at a slower tempo without sacrificing their hard-hitting essence or compromising their raw aggression. Throw in the few Spinal Tap sound bytes for good measure and I’m sold.

-Sean Logic


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