Away from Now - Blackout

Away from Now hail from Victoria and have been on the punk scene for around 5 years. They have supported bands such as Against Me, Goldfinger, Good Riddance and Blueline Medic. Blackout is their debut album, they have previously bought out EPs which have been very well received. So I believe this is a long awaited debut album.


The band's sound is melodic, hardcore and sometimes could be described as a bit emo. Lead singer Luke's vocals sound grunty and can easily go from melodic to hardcore with ease. The band members are all influenced by different bands and you can hear that in this album. The title track 'Blackout' is a raw sounding energetic punk track with some chunky riffs, a great starter track to pull you into the album. The album continues in a similar manner throughout all the tracks, some however do focus more on the hardcore or on the straight out punk.


'Drought Line' is a good example of the emo sound I was hearing slightly coming through from the band, It's a slightly softer track with really melodic vocals, I could even see this being done acoustically and sounding really good for a bit of a change, another of these tracks is 'Integral To Life' it's a nice change from the hardcore sounds of the album and slows it all down a bit and you can really hear how decent the vocalist Luke is on this track.


The next track 'Hit The Ground' starts with quite a traditional rock sounding riff, however you can still hear the punk influence coming through. I quite enjoyed the riff of this song and think it would be a good live track. 'The Legend of the Lone Pine' starts out with some interesting guitar sounds before going into the traditional punk chord progression we are used to hearing.


This is a fantastic debut album from the Victorian band and I'm looking forward to catching them live next time they are playing in my area. My only critisicm of this album is especially when I listened to it on my stereo at home it seemed the vocals were very much overridden at times by the band. I still do recommend this album though if your into punk/hardcore and even if your not its great especially to support your local Australian talent.

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