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Rise or Die Trying

September 18, 2007 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Label: I Surrender Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2007 I Surrender Records
  • Total Length: 33:31
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  • ASIN: B000V90X7K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,700 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I'm a sucker for good drums, and I really love Jackson Massucco's fast paced drum style and use of double bass pedals.
Ian D. Wathen
That being said, this fully explains the volatility of their tempo, and ferocious breakdowns which pretty much sums up the entire album.
Kyle M. Lane
Once spin in your cd player will be enough to ensure that this will be racking up hours of your life for some time to come.
LeftManOut

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LeftManOut on January 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
What better line could encapsulate this recording then the very line mentioned within the second verse of "Prepare To Be Digitally Manipulated?" Because it seems that with a record like this Four Year Strong is geared to cause more than their fair-share of trouble.

A quick synopsis of the band? Take the mosh-hardcore rhythms of a band like Bury Your Dead (of whom Guitarist and Vocalist Dan O' Connor was previously a member), the melodic hooks of New Found Glory, the symphonic elements of a band like Reggie And The Full Effect, and a lethal dosage of humor, throw them all in a blender and then crank the juice. That's not some overly-pretentious analogy description either, that's really what these guys sound like.

Although they've had a string of releases coming before this album (name 2005's "It's Our Time"), "Rise or Die Trying" is most officially regarded as FYS's debut effort. And what an effort it is. 11 songs of pure catchiness, balanced by a backdrop of hardcore ethic and attitude, and a demeanor that doesn't really take themselves too seriously. The listener can tell these guys love what they do, and they have such a great chemistry together because of that.

So after the brief but successful introduction track "The Takeover," "Prepare To Be Digitally Manipulated" comes out the gates strong with its beefy guitars and instantly catchy synth parts. Dan O'Connor and Alan Day both see a fair share of time on the mic, and their trade-off dynamic allows for many songs like "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Hell" and "Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die" to keep a fast pace, yet never seemed rushed or sloppy. Their guitar parts aren't too shabby either, combining bits of metal, punk, hardcore and emo all very precisely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Hendrick on August 6, 2008
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This one of the best albums i have ever played in my life. I discovered four year strong a couple months ago on purevolume and havent stoped listening since. This is a spectacle of happy hardcore at its best. The live shows are even more amazing. The guitars and double bass driven drums pound while the vocals are on point. The lyrics are on another level. This music will have you moshing with your buddies and screaming the lyrics till your voice is gone. Buy this album.. or buy ten and give them to your friends and family. Even grandma approves.
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By Kimberly Messer on August 22, 2013
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If you're looking for an upbeat album to listen to while driving with your windows down, this is it. Be ready for an intense excitement.
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By Mindy on March 26, 2013
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This is, in my opinion, four year strong's best ablum. It delivers their signature sound while advancing from "it's our time". Although their musical style has changed since composing "rise or die trying", this album is what put the band on the map, and it is a must have for FYS fans everywhere
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By Ben on June 11, 2011
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By far the best pop-punk/melodic hardcore album of 2007, if not the last decade! There is no album I can more highly recommend. For fans of Set Your Goals & A Day to Remember.
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Great instrumentation, arrangements, melodies, and some interesting lyrical moments throughout the CD. The overall sound mixes elements of metal with cool breakdowns, pop with catchy lyrics and melodies, post-hardcore with nice chord progressions and guitar moments, and good ol' sloppy American rock with the overall charm of this fun CD. The majority of the songs are awesome, but there are a few filler tracks that caused this CD to only get 4 out of 5 stars. However, there are several incredible songs that could be listened to over and over such as "Abandon Ship Or Abandon All Hope," "Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die," "Bada Bing! Wit' A Pipe!," and "Beatdown In The Key Of Happy," that make this CD well worth the purchase! This CD is for fans of Forever The Sickest Kids, Motion City Soundtrack, New Found Glory, and A Day To Remember.
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Spastic breakdowns, hilarious song titles, humble lyrics, and a good case of metalically zany powerpop consists of the alias known as Four Year Strong. From the firepits of the underground, this five-piece hardcore/pop-punk outfit has made a relatively unknown run of 6 years, dating back from their debut self-released "Glory EP", and another full-length CD released in 2005 titled "It's Our Time" distributed through Open Your Eyes Records. As far as the metalcore-influenced pop-punk, guitarist Dan O'Connor is from the tough-guy hardcore manifest known as Bury Your Dead. That being said, this fully explains the volatility of their tempo, and ferocious breakdowns which pretty much sums up the entire album. While most songs seem down-right affable (in a good way), the condluding song "Maniac (R.O.D.)" distinguishes itself as the synopsis of the band's outlook; shouting "I've always heard that the good die young, there's little time left to prove them wrong" harmoniously over an old-school hardcore breakdown. The refrains are incredibly anthemic and true to the core which makes the album so identifiable. This leaves the rest of the pop-punk bands out there a foot-note in Four Year Strong's young but strong legacy.
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