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Anti-Flag - For Blood and Empire Review

by Mike Rapin

For all fans of Anti-Flag, the new album For Blood and Empire was anticipated as a possible downfall due to the fact that the CD was being released on a major record label (RCA Records). Luckily, for the fans, (and myself) the CD isn't bad at all. In fact, it's surprisingly good.

The CD in its entirety is filled with amazing bass and guitar riffs, some of which would make fingers bleed. The political mindset is, as is usual for Anti-Flag, thrown right at you with every song. Every song preaches for a greater cause and some kind of power pressing down on the people in some way or another.

Again, the entire CD is filled with happy-go-lucky yet not-so-happy tones and scales. The ever-backing drums only help to increase the feeling of almost being too good for the CDs own good.

Some songs catch the listener's ear by standing out from the typical up-beat feel. Songs like "This Is The End (For You My Friend)" definitely stands out with its repetition that creates a feeling of wanting to sing along for hours. "One Trillion Dollars" makes me feel like I'm listening to some odd f*cking country CD. I almost decided the song was bad because of its tone, too bad the lyrics make up for it five-fold.

But my favorite song on the CD by far has to be "Depleted Uranium Is A War Crime" due to its great Anti-Flag-ish punk feel and how interesting the song actually is. The audio-clips in the song left me feeling scared and leftist (yes, leftist).

Overall, the CD is good, but a bit typical for Anti-Flag even when the musical style waivers. I would say it's a great CD to have in the musical library (if you have one) and should be heard a few times whether you buy it or not.

Track Listing:
1. I'd Tell You But
2. The Press Corpse
3. Emigre
4. The Project For A New American Century
5. Hymn For The Dead
6. This Is The End (For You My Friend)
7. One Trillion Dollars
8. State Funeral
9. Confessions Of An Economic Hitman
10. War Sucks, Let's Party!
11. The W.T.O. Kills Farmers
12. Cities Burn
13. Depleted Uranium Is A War Crime

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Posted by bluecollaraddict:
its sad when bands like anti-flag sign to corporate labels. even sadder, is when they change their music to make it more radio-friendly. i think we all know what they are trying to do. by far AF's worst album. a total dissapointment. new fans will love it, but old fans that know what anti-flag was about in the beginning will feel cheated.


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