Get Loud! is the twelfth studio album from long-running New York band Agnostic Front. Part hardcore and part thrash, Get Loud! is a brief, loud addition to their list of entries into the old school crossover scene. Agnostic Front have some boast some solid musicianship on this 2019 release but ultimately, there’s not much to write home about.
Let’s get the compliments out of the way because I don’t have a tonne of them. The highpoint of Get Loud! is definitely the musicianship. Pummeling thrash songs like “Conquer and Divide” or the brief beatdown instrumental “Af Stomp” solidify the band’s reputation as an integral New York hardcore band. The song structure isn’t anything to write home about, but the band have a real talent for blending together multiple aggressive styles.
Have you ever heard that theory about how, in older Underoath songs, Spencer Chamberlain is starting every word he screams with an R? Well, that’s kind of what’s happening on Get Loud! Roger Miret sounds like he’s throwing extra W’s into the middle of words like they’re going out of style. The worst offender of this is “Spray Painted Walls.” Miret’s attempts to sound tough on the song’s chorus sound plain goofy and just take me out of things before Get Loud! even gets going. I’ve never been the biggest Agnostic Front fan, but has Roger always sounded this friggin’ weird?
At the end of the day, Agnostic Front’s Get Loud! is just very blah. The music is performed well enough, with some seamless transitions between hardcore and thrash. But between the silly sounding vocals and the pedestrian song structure, there’s not much there to warrant a relisten. If you’re a diehard Agnostic Front fan, give this album a listen. Otherwise, you can get your hardcore kicks elsewhere.
Written by Justin Bruce
*edited by Danielle Kenedy