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Classic Album Review: Agnostic Front | Dead Yuppies

The old dogs haven't learned any new tricks on their 11th LP. Not that they need to.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


If anything ages faster than child stars, it’s punk bands.

But here are Agnostic Front, celebrating their 20th birthday and still barking up a storm like they did when they were young pups. Dead Yuppies, their 11th full-length, is, by my count, their 11th disc of straight-on, full-throttle, hypercharged hardcore power and outrage. The hellbent-for-leather drumming, the buzzsaw guitar riffs, the street-gang choruses and Roger Miret’s bellowed Noo Yawk vocals will be familiar to anyone who’s listened to a hardcore album made before 1990. But so what if these old hounds haven’t learned any new tricks? After all, they’re the ones who invented most of them in the first place. The only one they haven’t learned, it seems, is how to play dead.