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The Casualties

Under Attack

(Side One Dummy; US: 22 Aug 2006; UK: 28 Aug 2006)

New York punk outfit the Casualties returns with another hard-hitting, no-nonsense album that kicks off with the hellish title track. It sounds like the forerunner of hordes of screaming “emo” bands, with lead singer Jorge offering one guttural line after another. “Without Warning” is just as tight and frenetic, but slows down briefly in the middle. It’s one long, mosh pit-thumping party from start to finish, highlighted by “System Failed Us…Again”, the rambunctious “On City Streets”, and the punchy, Rancid-esque “World of Rumors”. Some of the tracks tend to repeat themselves, however, especially “Down & Out”. Nonetheless, if your idea of fun is losing your mind and bouncing off walls for 30 rousing minutes, bon appetit!

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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