If you aren’t acquainted with Ignite let me set the table. They are often described as a melodic hardcore band. They hail from OC California USA, and formed in 1993. I personally was a big fan of their albums Call on My Brothers in 1995 (Conversion Records and later reissued on Revelation) and their EP Past Our Means 1996 (Revelation) which are both must haves for fans of the genre. They put out an album in 2000 and another in 2006 each furthering their progression of sound and has gotten them more appeal and allowed them to take their messages around the world on various tours and festivals.

Now on to this record!

1st impression: Holy Shit Zoli sounds good! I am hearing shades of Scorpions singer Klause Meine. I kind of need to hear Zoli sing Big City Nights at the Karaoke bar now. Production values are premium. I have no explanation why but I immediately thought of 2002’s Blindside record Silence when listening to this. I will have to unpack what the fuck that’s about at some point but I digress.

The rest of the review: Layered vocals make Zoli sound …AMAZING! I mean this guy could probably front a legit 80s-90s hair metal band! The music sounds great; it’s polished and has a mature sound. After the shock wore off I had a hard time putting in neatly into a box but its not an awkward album in the continuum of their career. The record seems to have trapped the warmth of the southern California sun and all the optimism that good weather and clean living can bring. A nice place to visit but not someplace I want to live. I guess that’s also how I feel about the record. I bet if I was healthier, both in mind and body, this record would be really a lot more important to me. As it stands, my cynical ass can just about appreciate the power of the performances and the talented song construction on display, but there are spots that are so radio friendly that I am filled with a chill thinking that they are pandering to kids…but then I realize this is exactly what I would want to give to a young teenager if they wanted to know what is best in life and they weren’t ready for, or capable of understanding, what the fuck to do with a VHS copy of Conan the Barbarian and a Carcass CD. On this record there are songs of warning, of reassurance, of the virtue of compassion, and of sticking it out with help. As is the case with the other albums that Ignite have put out, there is what I would describe as a critical eye towards history and lyrics seemingly written with a pen focused by thinking about a socially conscious position on the ills of western civilization, the danger to the environment, and the pitfalls of politics and government abuses of power.
In summary…the songs are PG. One can imagine hearing this coming out of the soccer coaches’ van while he drives the u13 boys team to a game or perhaps coming from the middle aged dude who’s on dawn patrol for some early sets of waves in his Honda Element. Despite that fact this middle aged dude found it enjoyable and I will be blasting this through my decent speakers in my decent car and enjoying the rich tones and cautiously hopeful world view of A War Against You from time to time.

Band Members
Zoli Téglás, (1994–present) – vocals
Brett Rasmussen, (1993–present) – bass
Brian Balchack, (1998-2000, 2005–present) – guitar
Craig Anderson, (1997–present) – drums
Kevin Kilkenny, (2000-2003, 2006–present) – guitar