17 years deep into their career, New Found Glory no longer requires an introduction. You know their story from Chad’s days in Shai Hulud, to their mega tours with Blink 182 and Green Day, and unfortunately including the controversy surrounding the departure of stable band member/guitarist/songwriter, Steve Klein. Determined to not crack in the face of adversity, the boys from Coral Springs, FL, who were seemingly left for dead with a tarnished legacy, have returned with their most appropriately titled album, Resurrection.

Throughout New Found Glory’s entire career they never strayed too far from the path that got them to the level of success and respect they earned. Sure they took some chances like writing an arena sounding album in Catalyst and what could be considered a mature record in Coming Home but their signature style always remained firmly. So going into Resurrection, the biggest questions were how they were going to pull it off without the use of a second guitarist and losing a key component to their song writing? Those questions appear to have been answered with some aggression. Gilbert, who is now the sole guitarist, has really taken over the reins and since he can no longer rely on a rhyme guitarist he has simplified the approach. Right from the get-go in the opening track, Selfless, it was made clear that his background in hardcore was going to get a chance to shine on this record. Coupled with a new, meaty guitar tone, the stripped down version of the guitar play that we’re used to sounds incredibly refreshing for a band with such an extensive catalog. With the exception of songs like Ready & Willing and Vicious Love, this is a much more agro version of the pop-punk kings that were used to.

To go along with being part of the music writing process, it has been long rumored that Klein was the key lyricist of the band. For seven albums, New Found Glory’s lyrics read like a John Hughes high school break up movie. Sure there was an exception to the rule here and there but the theme of love and heartbreak remained a constant fixture. Losing Klein’s go to approach proved to be a positive aspect from a lyrics standpoint. I’m not quite sure if who was responsible for the lyrics on this record but clearly they have a chip on their shoulder. Songs like One More Round, Stories Of A Different Kind, and Living Hell clearly lets the world know they are mad at something or someone. That overall pissed approach is the common message of the record.

Personally, I think it’s great that the band is fired up about something. It has done wonders to produce a very good album. As much as I was disappointed in Radiosurgery and figured that NFG was on their deathbed, the band found a way to resurrect (pun) themselves from what appeared to be a “going through the motions” state and have breathed new life into their craft. Time will tell how much of a replay value this record will get compared to their classics, but I think when all is said and done for New Found Glory, Resurrection will go down as one of their more praised records of their entire catalog.