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Album Review

Like the hardcore band's 2008 release, Travels, Defeater's 2013 outing is an ambitious concept album, which may sound sketchy on paper, but — considering the success of punk concept records by Green Day and F****d Up — may not be such a stretch. Letters Home traces the story of a Jersey native facing the trials and tribulations of World War II, and follows suit as the fourth chapter in their series of albums with the same theme. Like the other three parts, this is a monstrously powerful record filled with anthems and punishing vocals. It can take a while to deconstruct the narrative, but when ignoring the weighty plot, the songs' key themes of mortality, love, and loss still manage to make an impact.

Customer Reviews


this is my first exposure to defeater and i couldn't be more blown away. i mean dang. they are crazy good. if you're a fan of la dispute or the story so far, you're gonna dig this.

Always good.

This band never disappoints! Buy the album!


Amazing band, Amazing record. This record seems darker and heavier than their other ones.
Nothing to complain about. Everything to brag about.


Formed: 2004 in Boston, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Boston, Massachusetts hardcore group Defeater originally formed in 2004, and, after some lineup changes, eventually landed on vocalist Derek Archambault, guitarists Jay Maas and Jake Woodruff, bassist Mike Poulin, and drummer Joe Longobardi by 2008. Conceptually-inclined from the very beginning, their debut album, Travels (2008), introduced a narrative which chronicled an unnamed, post-WWII working-class family and their complicated, dysfunctional relationships. Initially signed to Topshelf, Defeater...
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