Mob Mentality – Dedication
Laketown Records & Clockwork Punk Records
Pennsylvania’s Mob Mentality are back with a brand-new album and the follow up 2018’s debut ‘Carry On Tradition’ and it’s an absolute killer. ‘Dedication’ features 14 brutal and aggressive tracks with great melodies and sing-along choruses which show that Mob Mentality are one of the best American Oi! bands on the scene at the moment. Since forming in 2017 and after several releases I have to say that this is probably their best work to date.
Right from the opener of ‘Youth’ to the final ‘Law Of The Streets’ the band mean business as the deliver anthem after anthem with no fillers making for one hell of a listen. The album is full of catchy riff’s, well delivered lyrics, but what impresses me most is the band’s ability to give us brutal songs while remaining catchy and melodic.
I have listened to ‘Dedication’ several times now and there really isn’t a bad track and for that the band should be extremely proud. There are so many highlights on this record including the title track, ‘Lies & Propaganda’, ‘Overtime’ and the excellent ‘Battle Scars’ which is a brilliant sing-along anthem that I could listen to over and over.For me though the best track on the album is ‘Together’, a song about depression with the a strong and positive message of togetherness and not having to suffer alone. As someone who has suffered with this illness for most of my life I can relate to this song and find it extremely encouraging that more and more bands are covering this subject in their songs.
Mob Mentality have given us a superb American Oi! album that deserves to be listened to. I highly recommend this album from a band that is just getting better and better with each release.