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Age of Ignorance catches Our Last Night in the full throes of reinvention, trying out new strategies while keeping the best elements of its past approach. Screamo eruptions and bone-crunching breakdowns are de-emphasized in favor of a more nuanced sound colored by ‘80s-influenced synth textures. Matt Wentworth’s clean vocals and guitar work increasingly emphasize pop hooks and soaring choruses, backed by lean, agile playing by bassist Alex Woodrow and drummer Tim Molloy. Though Trevor Wentworth has less opportunity to unleash his trademark harsh singing here, he does assert himself with a vengeance on “Liberate Me.” The album has much to say about both societal breakdown and personal torment—the title tune is a particularly scathing attack on The Powers That Be. Tracks like “Fate” and “Invincible” grapple with the madness of modern life, while “Reason to Love” rips the bandages off a wounded romance. Eclectic and inventive, Age of Ignorance is the work of a band just starting to find its true voice.

Customer Reviews

It's different but in a good way

I have been listening to Our Last Night since their fist album and have watched them grow, this album certainly has a different sound to it, it has a lot less screaming and a lot more of the clean vocals I have always loved from them. It's great to hear both Trevor and Matt singing at once.

If you are considering buying this album and you want the same old Our Last Night you will be saddened most likely, however, if you go into it exepcting something different and wonderful you will be very happy.

"Meh" On All Fronts

First, and most noticeable, Age of Ignorance is huge change for Our Last Night. But the question must be asked : is this a change for the better? Well, not so much. Of course, there will always be complainers, and an artist can never satisfy everyone's needs, but there seems to be an overwhelming consensus on the mediocrity of OLN's latest endeavour. Returning fans of the band may be shocked at the drop in quality that they've become accustomed to with the last two albums, and those new to Our Last Night will most likely just shrug it off as "just another conspiracy theory band". And, for the most part, this is exactly what's become of them. The lyrics and songwriting, quite contrary to the members' thoughts and intentions, are elementary and run-of-the-mill. It's tradional punk-esque writing that adresses the "corruption" of the world and it's people. Nothing too groundbreaking, and definitely not as subtle as past lyrics. Of course, it was the band's intention to have more "in your face" lyrics on this release, but in this case, a subtle touch would have been the better route to take. As for musicianship and instrumentals, nothing has changed too much, thankfully. Matt's leads are still fierce and innovative and the drums are still just as hard-hitting as ever (though, "Invincible" shows extreme influence from earlier bands of similar style, such as Linkin Park). However, what struck me as most different were the actual vocals themselves. There's not so much screaming this time around, which would've been fine, if not for the God-awful decision for Trevor to take up lead vocals and cast Matt more into the background. Trevor is far from a good singer, and every line sang seems forced and unnatural. Overall, the album is listenable, but it doesn't hit home or break ground at any point, with the exception of "Liberate Me" : probably the only track that holds true the spirit of Our Last Night's older works.

Meh

Why is it that I loved every song on the past albums, but only like two on this. I get that bands change and know it's a good thing, but there is something missing

Biography

Formed: 2004 in Hollis, NH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

New Hampshire-based post-hardcore band Our Last Night was formed in 2004 by brothers Trevor (vocals) and Matt Wentworth (guitar, vocals), along with childhood friends Alex Woodrow (bass), Colin Perry (guitar), and Tim Molloy (drums). Combining the melodic structures of emo with the guttural sounds of hardcore, Our Last Night sporadically toured the New England area for three years, releasing several EPs and self-made demos along the way. These recordings found their way to Epitaph Records, where...
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