Out of Order – Life Sentence
Randale Records, Rebellion Records, 8 Up Records & Bad Report Records
Out of Order are back! The 5-piece from Montreal, Canada are about to drop their 4th album which is the follow up to 2017’s ‘Stuck In The Mud’ and I have to say it’s an incredible listen. For anyone who hasn’t heard of the band they mix the chaotic sound of punk rock with powerful Oi! anthems and cite bands like Blitz, One Way System, The Exploited, Last Resort and Combat 84 as influences. In an interview I did with lead vocalist Scott Maracle in 2018 he stated “We’ve always tried to capture angry, balls to the wall punk rock “ and that’s exactly what they’ve done on the 14 excellent tracks on ‘Life Sentence’
I have been fortunate enough to have a copy of this album for a while now and every time I listen to it just gets better and better and is up there with the band’s previous efforts. Out of Order’s take on street rock ‘n’ roll is played at a fast and furious pace that is angry and brutal while remaining melodic and is great to sing and stomp along to.
‘Life Sentence’ gets off to a great start with the first 2 tracks ‘Camels’ and ‘Blood’ both of which have a UK82 feel to them and set the standard for the rest of the album. The band don’t rest on their laurels after a great start and the next 3 songs, ‘Berlin Wall’, ‘City On Fire’ and ‘Life Sentence’ show a band at the very top of their game and if the album ended there I would have now complaints. This album is so fucking good and there are so many great songs like ‘Bad Report’, ‘Colour of the Rose’, ‘Hard Times’, ‘No Heroes’ and the excellent final track ‘Fate’. The band have given us a killer album without a bad track in sight and I have to say ‘Winds’ and ‘Wasted Days’ are the 2 stand out songs for me. Both are incredibly catchy sing-along anthems that most bands would bite your hand off to have written.
The hard work that the band have put into the making of ‘Life Sentence’ has paid off and they should be extremely proud of it. For me, this their best work and is my album of the year so far.