Edison, New Jersey's The Mongoloids have been around now for the better part of a decade. After numerous member changes, two LPs and a number of splits and EPs, the band is back with Mongo Life on Six Feet Under Records.

Since their inception The Mongoloids have been a love 'em or hate 'em band. Like a lot of people I didn't like them very much initially, but eventually they grew on me. But somewhere along the way I lost track of them. If I hadn't reviewed their last EP it would have been five years since I last gave them a good listen. I'm not exactly sure which members have come and gone since that last record, but whoever is playing the guitar is doing a good job with the riff driven songs. It isn't anything at all complicated, but it reminds me of classic NYHC. The vocals have always been the focal point for The Mongos and usually the deal breaker/maker for most listeners. At this point they have becoming one of the more endearing qualities of the band for me. Even if you don't like them you can't deny the way they separate The Mongoloids from every other band in the hardcore scene.

For the most part the record is pretty enjoyable, but there are certain parts that I just can't stand. The chorus to "Did You Figure Out An Anthem?" rubs me completely the wrong way. I can't even tell you why exactly, but I can't stand it. They also throw in a pleasant surprise to close out the record with an acoustic country song as the title track. It's pretty well done and written and I can appreciate going out on a limb like that.

If you still haven't check out The Mongoloids I'd suggest finally getting around to it. I don't know that I would recommend starting with this record, maybe Time Trials would be a better starting point, but if you like that there is a better chance you'll enjoy this. Like everything this band does, this record is an acquired taste, but I feel like the time spent is worth it.