Strung Out
Transmission. Alpha. Delta.
(Fat Wreck Chords)

Transmission. Alpha. Delta is easily the best work Strung Out have done in years. Starting melodically forceful with “Rats In The Walls” – one of the top tracks of the record – TAD launches one excellent moment after another. “The Animal and the Machine” is highly energetic and rousing; “Modern Drugs” moves with an alternative calmness at times, while bursting enthusiastically during others; “Black Maps” has a somewhat epic structure and feel throughout; and “Tesla” features a chorus worth linking arms over. And then there’s still “Nowheresville,” “Magnolia,” and “No Apologies” worth gushing over!

Honestly, there’s very little to complain about with Transmission. Alpha. Delta. The record is full of hits; the writing is top notch, as are the performances. Old and new fans alike should be able to find a lot to love here. Strung Out haven’t been this damn enjoyable since Exile In Oblivion. (Nathaniel Lay)

Purchase Transmission. Alpha. Delta. here.

2 Comments

  1. Firstly, this record is a masterpiece. That’s all there is to it. Strung Out, arguably one of the best punk/melodic hardcore bands ever, has consistently matured and evolved over the last twenty years far better than most bands that stay together for that long do. I will say that they continually exceed my grandiose expectations with each new record they release. That’s typically a rarity, even in the best circumstances for bands whom I love. I appreciate that rarity and I’m incredibly thankful for that.

    As a side note, I’ve read a handful of reviews for Alpha.Delta.Transmission, and I must say, I was not aware of the such high level of distinction many of my fellow Strung Out fans and reviewers hold Exile In Oblivion. Which pleases me beyond belief. Exile has been one of my favorite records and has been my favorite Strung Out record since the day I bought it when it came out in 2004. I was nineteen at the time, with a heavy rotation of An American Paradox, Twisted By Design, and STWB in my life then. Then one rainy day, I bought Exile, listened to it once through on the way home in my car, and I was forever changed by that record. I’ve literally listened to it hundreds of times since. I always kind of thought I was a loner in that aspect when it comes to Strung Out fans. I just imagined the bulk of them liking or preferring the older records over the newer ones. I tend to draw the blurry line of “old” and “new” with An American Paradox from 2002. I’m sure there is an “old” branch of fans that prefers the early music, as well, I’m sure there is a “new” branch of fans that prefers the newer music, and I’m definitely sure there are those of us that just dig Strung Out and everything in between. But I know that all of us have a level of respect and admiration for this band that many bands never achieve. I haven’t seen them since the 2011 tour with Face to Face. They played a fair share of every record which was pretty fucking rad. I would love nothing more than to see them with this new record in their arsenal though. I think these songs would blow me away live. Keep up the stellar work, gents.

    • Obviously, I was implying Transmission.Alpha.Delta. Not the inverse. But if you still haven’t done it yet, BUY IT.

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