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Album Review

Taking a forceful step forward from their A Writer's Reference EP, Halifax have noticeably upped the aggression factor on The Inevitability of a Strange World. While their songs are still pop-punk blasts of energy, this time the guys throw in some piss and vinegar that gives them a much harder, tougher feel without resorting to screamo antics. Energetic drumbeats fuel this fierce attitude throughout the album, but in that passionate way to rile up the mosh pit rather than like the hostile aggression of bands that just want to kill their ex-girlfriends. Don't be fooled, though: lyrically, the band can also spout bitterness — "Listen sweetie/You never meant that much to me/Hope your eyes can see what you did to me/You'll always be my enemy" — but it's probably nothing that good friends or a new, healthy relationship couldn't fix. With its opening Van Halen-esque riffs, searing guitar leads, and a spirited background chorus of "Hell yeah!," "Our Revolution" plays like Halifax were really a hair metal band raised on blink-182. Other songs follow in the same vein — they're not blatant classic rock ripoffs, but upbeat rockers like "Under Fire" and "Anthem for Tonight" are, well, just plain anthemic. And not only does "Hey Italy" prove that breaking up is still no reason to not flail about, it also shows that Halifax should stick more to the boisterous side of the pop-punk formula, as many of their later attempts to slow things down do nothing more than give listeners a chance to catch their breaths. Overall, the album fits in nicely with the Warped Tour majority — "I Told You So" sounds like a lost song from Brand New's early years — but there's something about The Inevitability of a Strange World that seems like it should've been released during Drive-Thru's heyday in the early 2000s to really make a lasting impact.

Customer Reviews

HALIFAX is AMAZING.

Title explains it all. Favorites would have to be Nightmare, Our Revolution, UNDER FIRE (favorite, as you can tell), Anthem for Tonight, Promise Me Tragedy, and A Tint of Rain. I've got all of their albums, and I can't stop listening to any of them! THEY ROCK. Hard to believe there are only 2 other reviews. Oh well. 100000 stars.

No one? Really? First? ok.

I have a system for looking into new artists. If i hear about them enough that i recognize thier name in a list, i have to give them a go. Halifx is there, and their sound is ...interesting. I'm suprised no one else left review for a band that is as far above average as Halifax, but then again, i never understand you people.....

Really????

I can't believe that only one other person has commented. this is a great album by a great band. i recommend nighmare and our revolution

Biography

Formed: 2002 in Thousand Oaks, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Halifax is a five-piece pop-punk/emo-rock band out of Southern California. Comprised of Mike Hunau (vocals), Chris Brandt (guitar/vocals), Tommy Guindon (drums), Adam Charles (guitar), and Doug Peyton (bass) by the mid-2000s, the group owed much of its rabidly loyal fan base to constant touring and huge amounts of Internet exposure on sites like www.purevolume.com and www.myspace.com. The band formed in 2002; later that year they issued Start Back at Start, a fairly typical emo-pop offering, on ECA...
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