12 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you aren't familiar with Transplants, you might be surprised to hear how assuredly they attack their aggressive mix of punk, pop, and hard rock. But one look at who's in the group should explain it all. That's Rancid's Tim Armstrong and Blink-182's Travis Barker working with their buddy Rob Aston on a side project that's as much fun as their day jobs. The group formed in 2002 and immediately put out a strong self-titled debut, with the follow-up, Haunted Cities, coming in 2005. Eight years later, Transplants' third album, In a Warzone, has arrived. Here, Aston does much less of his old rap style, which only shows up on the near–easy listening "Something's Different" and the rap-rock "It's a Problem." The band mostly focuses on its roots. Old-school punk rage gives tunes such as the title track, "Any of Them," "Silence," and "See It to Believe It" an energy that recalls the best aspects of the late '70s, the early '80s, and the first punk revival in the '90s. There's not a bum track here. Transplants keep it relatively simple and work with great guitar sounds that don't bury the drums or the vocals.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

If you aren't familiar with Transplants, you might be surprised to hear how assuredly they attack their aggressive mix of punk, pop, and hard rock. But one look at who's in the group should explain it all. That's Rancid's Tim Armstrong and Blink-182's Travis Barker working with their buddy Rob Aston on a side project that's as much fun as their day jobs. The group formed in 2002 and immediately put out a strong self-titled debut, with the follow-up, Haunted Cities, coming in 2005. Eight years later, Transplants' third album, In a Warzone, has arrived. Here, Aston does much less of his old rap style, which only shows up on the near–easy listening "Something's Different" and the rap-rock "It's a Problem." The band mostly focuses on its roots. Old-school punk rage gives tunes such as the title track, "Any of Them," "Silence," and "See It to Believe It" an energy that recalls the best aspects of the late '70s, the early '80s, and the first punk revival in the '90s. There's not a bum track here. Transplants keep it relatively simple and work with great guitar sounds that don't bury the drums or the vocals.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
87 Ratings
87 Ratings
VeganSkeleton ,

Worth the wait

It's a Transplants record which means you get punk sound mixed with hip hop, saturated in both Armstrong's scratchy voice and Skinhead Rob's gritty lyrics. Barker is great behind the kit as to be expected and the album is fairly short - only 30 minutes. Album standouts are 'Something's Different', 'Come Around', and 'All Over Again'. War Zone lyrically attacks on all fronts and creates the hostile atmosphere that the title portrays and gets political at times which is a small departure from the usual threats and drug use. Skinhead Rob quoted the album's long release as "Some things are worth the wait, some are not" and in many ways fans will be satisfied as it has stayed true to it's sound where as everyone else will foolishly miss out on a great album.

defANsince96 ,

Hell yeah !👊🙌👏

Love it ! Can't wait for the full cd

happyhour ,

Dissapointed

As a big Tim Armstrong fan it hurts me to write this, I dont think much effort was put into this at all, doesn't come close to their other two albums.

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