Like many fans, I was severely let down by last year's The Bright Lights of America. It felt as if the major label machine had finally stolen the wheels from Anti-Flag's well-oiled big rig. Uninspired, forgettable and very by-the-numbers, The Bright Lights of America just left the band as a shell of its old self.
Thankfully, 2009 brought a heaping of new horizons, because the band ditched RCA and signed with SideOneDummy, a label who has been working wonders with The Gaslight Anthem & Fake Problems, just to name a few. I will admit Anti-Flag has had their hits and misses in the past, and I've certainly enjoyed their rawer punk past and their new-millennium more-polished aggression. For Blood and Empire was a triumphant punk rock album for the major...[read more]