On full-length number three, the guys in Defeater continue with their story about a dysfunctional wartime family. Whereas previous albums centered round the story of one brother each, this time around they focus on the father’s violent earlier life.
All of the characteristics of Defeater's sound are present and accounted for once again. Opener "Bastards" is a mid-tempo hardcore song that comes with Derek Archambault's mighty roar, sweet dueling riffs and hard-hitting drums, courtesy of new drummer Joe Longobardi. There are a couple of fast fuckers on here as well in the form of “Hopeless Again” and “No Faith”, while the band’s particular brand of slower, cathartic hardcore is showcased nicely in "Dead Set" and "No Shame”.
While the surprise that came with “Travels” might have worn down by now, there’s no denying that Defeater are still capable of churning out solid hardcore songs that don’t even need a guest performances by Blacklisted’s George Hirsch on “No Relief”. It just makes it all the sweeter!