At The Drive-In are nothing short of punk legends. The band aren't the unsung heroes, though; they're more like the villains with big plans for uprising. After finally reuniting with a conviction, At The Drive-In is back with a vengeance in in•ter a•li•a.
The band, for being more than two decades old, certainly has not lost any of its spirit. Right from the beginning, the electrifying riffs of 'No Wolf Like The Present' bringing a powerful drive to the beginning of the record, everything crashing in an epic fashion all at once. The song is epic and full of a confident, old-school anthemic vibe that never lets up. 'Continuum' follows through with more energy, the same such energy that continues throughout the record, to the very end with the awesome bassline of 'Hostage Stamps.'
in•ter a•li•a is a punk album by nature, so it's bound to get a bit extreme at times. 'Governed By Contagions' is one such moment. The lyrics are just brutal (though admittedly pretty mild for a punk song). It does throw off the album for me a bit, though - most of the song has a pretty cool vibe, with a certain aggressiveness to it, but then lines like "There's a woman eating her newborn under a tractor's frame / She says barren are the fields from the nephilim rain" give the song a pretty vile (yet quite poetic) tone to it.
At The Drive-In is back with a vengeance in in•ter a•li•a and really sound like they're ready to take on the world. This record is punk rock in a modern form with loads of undying energy and horror to go along with it. This is definitely one of the more unforgettable comebacks of 2017, but perhaps for not all the reasons you'd think.
Favorite Tracks: No Wolf Like the Present, Hostage Stamps, Pendulum In A Peasant Dress
Least Favorite Track: Governed By Contagions
Rating: 76 / 100
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