The Bronx - album review (4 stars)

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The Bronx (Island)

ROCK

Sick of a rock scene fronted by snivelling emo types? Then you need The Bronx in your life more now than ever. After roaring into existence in 2003, the Californian foursome show no signs of letting up with this second, brilliantly brutal effort which kicks off with their trademark pounding rhythms, visceral riffs and glorious growls. Yet it’s not all about the relentless assault this time around, as ‘Dirty Leaves’, ‘White Guilt’ and ‘Safe Passage’ show a more melodic, bluesy and even melancholic side to the band, while maintaining that intelligent, rage-fuelled edge. Think a modern day answer to At the Drive-In, without the noodling.

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