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.

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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Customer Reviews

4 out of 5

86 Ratings

Hell yeah !👊🙌👏

defANsince96,

Love it ! Can't wait for the full cd

Worth the wait

VeganSkeleton,

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.

About Transplants

Punk rock veterans Tim Armstrong, Travis Barker, and Rob Aston formed Transplants in 2002. This supergroup was a friendly experiment, for Armstrong made a name for himself with Rancid and Barker was enjoying success with blink-182. Aston was a friend of theirs who moved to Los Angeles, but eventually music was at the center of their bond. Armstrong and Aston jammed for fun for the next two years, but recording made things more real. Transplants had something -- something good. Barker was ecstatic with the results, too. The band's hard-edged self-titled debut appeared from Hellcat in October 2002. Haunted Cities was the follow-up. Issued by La Salle in June 2005, it featured guest shots from Sen Dog, B Real, and Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. A fall tour in support of the album, however, was subsequently canceled and the guys announced their dissolution in late 2005. After spending time working on various other projects, including a group Barker and Aston formed with rapper Paul Wall called Expensive Taste, the trio reconvened in 2010 to begin work on another album. It took awile but the stripped down and punk-driven In a Warzone was released in early summer of 2013 by Epitaph. ~ MacKenzie Wilson

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