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Review: Stick To Your Guns – Disobedient

Review by Andrew W.
STYG are 5 piece melodic hardcore band from California and have been involved in the scene since 2003. Disobedient is the bands 5th full length studio album and it was released on February 10th, 2015 through Sumerian Records. Disobedient was produced by John Feldman (BVB, SWS, WCAR.)This record features a total of 11 songs with a surprisingly short run time of only 31 minutes. In this 31 minutes it is packed with many hardcore favorite guests such as Scott Vogel of Terror, Walter Delgado or Rotting Out, and more. The lyrics often talk about the hardships of life making it hit home for many. It seems with angsty lyrics like these that it is aimed more towards a teenage audience. The production is nothing special or over the top – which certainly is not a bad thing. It sounds raw, but not too raw. It sounds well produced, but not over produced and over edited making it very listenable for most.

The first single to be released off the album was Nobody. To be honest I had never even listened to the band until I saw the song being promoted on Facebook and thought I’d give it a try. Let me tell you am I glad I did. It comes in with a hard hitting, upbeat, melodic bass riff and drums behind it. It talks about becoming proud to be nobody and embracing yourself making it personally hit home. It’s catchy, upbeat, and is definitely a crowd pleaser. The next single the group released was RMA (revolutionary mental attitude.) This is a 1:28 long balls out, badass, hard hitting hardcore song. It’s upbeat and will definitely get the pit moving around and the crowd screaming “fuck the message.” Another song I’d like to mention is Left You Behind. It starts off very soft with just the vocals and guitar. It’s the kind of song that almost brings a tear to your eye, but doesn’t… Or does it. It’s sad sounding with depressing lyrics about being excluded from your family seemingly for leaving to tour. It does a good job of wrapping up the album, as it’s the last track, tying things together and bringing things to a close. As far as personal favorites I like the The Crown. There’s really nothing that makes it standout per say I just find it very catchy. It has a very melodic breakdown and a solid chorus which makes it quite appealing to me.

All in all this is a very good album if you’re a fan of the bands more recent works. It’s not my new favorite album or anything like that but it’s definitely a great one to have in the mix. Would I listen to it again? Definitely. The sound does get a bit tiring and repetitive after awhile but I still find it to be a great album that was given a lot of thought and effort. I might not listen to all at once over and over again but if a song from it comes on in my shuffle it will be staying on for sure. I recommend it for fans of Stray From The Path, letlive, older ADTR, and anyone who enjoys hardcore music. As for a rating I’d give it a 7.5/10 mainly because I would like it to be a little more dynamic. Most of the songs end up sounding the same plus sometimes it’s good for bands to try something new. Not everyone will like it but many will and it’s a great way to find out what else will work rather than just playing it safe making a sequel to their previous release, Diamond (which was fantastic.) To conclude, I’m glad I purchased it and find that this will be a hard record for them to top! You can pick it up at the link below as well as check out their FB page!

You can pick up Disobedient on iTunes now, and check out their Facebook page!


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