Album Review: The Flatliners – New Ruin

5/5

The Flatliners are bringing a chaotic good time with their newest album, New Ruin. The Canadian melodic punk band have outdone themselves on their new release. Each track is a great listen, featuring the composition of master musicians while delivering an energy that is unmatched in the genre. After being a band for 20 years, it’s nothing short of impressive that they get better with each release.

Each song on New Ruin acts as a singalong. Every track is a blast to shout along to, and Chris Cresswell’s raspy, yelling vocals help that by being infectious. Energy propels this album forward. No matter the tempo, subject matter, or track position, every song has this pulsating energy emitting from it, and when you put it on to listen to it, you’ll see exactly what I mean.

Opening on an explosive anthem, “Performative Hours” wastes no time getting down to business. Blaring guitars rip through this song, leading you into the album. Each instrument feels angry and follows suit with the guitars. It’s a perfect opener for the tracks you’re about to hear.

Songs “Heirloom” and “Recoil” were my favorites. The flow of these songs is very pleasing to the ear, and they have some of the best guitar riffs on the album, I think. They’re catchy, yet have a “fuck you” attitude to them. Give these songs a listen if you don’t want to listen to the whole album. These will get you to check out more from New Ruin.

“Under a Dying Sun” was a phenomenal closer for New Ruin. The six-and-a-half minute song is a slow build until it bursts at the midway point. The composition of the entire song is well done, masterfully crafted, and places a nice bookend on the album. It’s a great way to close the show.

New Ruin is a fantastic release from The Flatliners. The energy they’re able to put on an album must translate well to their live shows. Every song is a blast to listen to. I found myself wanting to listen to more songs after the 11 tracks were up. I’m hopeful for an EP of b-sides or something else to give me more of a fix. New Ruin is great, and you should listen to it as soon as possible.

Be sure to give New Ruin a listen when it drops August 5th on Fat Wreck Chords.

Check it out here.

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