Year of the Fist may be new to me, but they’ve been around for close to ten years now. Once I figured out that their vocalist was in Fabulous Disaster (I miss you, Pink & Black sub-label of Fat Wreck) I was stoked to give the new record a listen.
Revive Me is an eleven song LP that starts out with the powerful “Ghosts.” The album’s namesake is screamed throughout the song mixed along sickly sweet vocals. The contrast is alluring. “Block Out the Sun” has a very different feel with vocals delivered in a different cadence. The band’s versatility is really sold with the last track, “I Want Your Love – Piano Version,” because, well, it’s a piano version. It’s not often you get to listen to a warm, rich piano crooning out a ballad on a punk album. It’s rad.
The album is heavy, fast, and dramatic. The vocals remind me of Fabulous Disaster for obvious reasons, but these songs are definitely grown up and darker. Their energy is contagious and I’m sure that’s only multiplied during live shows.
Overall, I give this album 6 fist bumps.