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Last Lights - No Past, No Present, No Future Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8.5
Musicianship 7.5
Lyrics 9
Production 7
Creativity 8.25
Lasting Value 8.75
Reviewer Tilt 9.5
Final Verdict: 84%
Member Ratings
Vocals 6.7
Musicianship 6.6
Lyrics 7.2
Production 6.45
Creativity 6.85
Lasting Value 6.75
Reviewer Tilt 7.25
Average: 68%

Last Lights - No Past, No Present, No Future

Reviewed by: Alex DiVincenzo (05/25/09)
Last Lights - No Past, No Present, No Future
Record Label: Think Fast! Records
Release Date: April 28, 2009


"Massachusetts is a coffin / I was born in a corpse"

Being from Massachusetts, I've had the pleasure of seeing a lot of great hardcore bands come from the Bay State. Some of them go on to nation- or world-wide recognition, while others never make it out of local VFW halls. Last Lights, a band based out of Worcester, seemed destined for the former. The ferocious quintet formed in the summer of 2007, before releasing a demo, a self-titled 7", and a split 7" with Bad Habit. The band was making quite a buzz in the local scene with their intense live shows. They had the passion, dedication, and raw talent that many bands lack.

"My generation was born controlled / Hope I die before I get sold"

Tragedy struck on December 5, 2008 when vocalist, lyricist, and primary songwriter Dominic Mallary abruptly passed away as the result of complications from Last Lights' previous night's performance. His untimely death at the age of 24 was undeniably tragic, but he lived life passionately and died doing what he loved. Following his passing, Think Fast! Records, the label with which the band had just signed, announced that they would release this, a discography album entitled No Past, No Present, No Future. The album combines the band's ten previously released songs with a new instrumental track recorded by the remaining members in January of 2009 as a tribute to the fallen frontman.

"Fuck you, I don't agree with a life lived less than free"

Mallary's poetically nihilistic, socially-conscious lyrics read like lines out of Fight Club. He sings about his disdain for the world around him, be it dead-end jobs, crime on the streets, or society in general. One thing is made clear through his words: Mallary lived his live by his own rules and did so passionately. I don't mean to focus solely on Mallary, but even if he hadn't passed away, this review would be very much the same. He truly made Last Lights what they were with his heartfelt lyrics and vicious delivery, while the band backed him with fittingly aggressive, punk-influenced hardcore music. Sonically, the band is not a far cry from classic hardcore/punk bands such as Black Flag and Minor Threat.

"The lack of feeling is also a feeling / but don't press my face to the floor and call it a ceiling"

Some say that the greatest hardcore bands only release one album before breaking up and falling into obscurity. In that respect, No Past, No Present, No Future will undoubtedly be the Last Lights' swan song among those lucky enough to discover it. It's truly a shame that the band was only able to record about twenty minutes of material, because this showcases just how impressive they were. If the band was this good a year after forming, one can only imagine what they would be like a couple years down the road. Although Mallary is no longer with us, he will forever live on through his words and music. I believe that's exactly how he would have wanted it.

"This is my prayer: no past, no present, no future"

Recommended If You LikeAmerican Nightmare/Give Up the Ghost, Ruiner, Colin of Arabia, Black Flag

myspace.com/lastlights
 
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09:27 AM on 05/25/09
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live.
Feenay! Fee hee hee hee heenay!
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Great review, great record. RIP Dom.
09:48 AM on 05/25/09
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excellent review for an excellent album.
RIP Dom, one of the most talented songwriter's in the mass. scene.
greatly missed.
09:56 AM on 05/25/09
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Your holy grail is a cup of piss.
09:56 AM on 05/25/09
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RIP Dom. Amazing record.
09:58 AM on 05/25/09
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They're from Worcester, eh? Pretty close to me.
10:08 AM on 05/25/09
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Your holy grail is a cup of piss.
Verse chorus verse chorus verse
10:19 AM on 05/25/09
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if I go to Newbies today I will be picking this up. such a bummer Dom died
10:26 AM on 05/25/09
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What happened the vocalist?
10:26 AM on 05/25/09
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Your holy grail is a cup of piss.
That's a great line, but I find it interesting that it seems to be directed at humanists (it is, right?). Usually you'd expect punk bands to be somewhat made up of humanists.
10:34 AM on 05/25/09
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TELL ME IS THERE ALL THERE IS


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11:07 AM on 05/25/09
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great fucking record. i've never felt lyrics like i've felt with last lights. i still get goosebumps every listen. the album cover and all the art inside is also amazing. R.I.P.
11:07 AM on 05/25/09
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Good review. Good band. Good dudes.
11:29 AM on 05/25/09
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What happened the vocalist?
The band was opening for Four Year Strong. Dom always had a lot of energy, and he'd flail about, wrapping the chord around his neck and whatnot. Something happened that doctors believe to be related to that action, resulting in seizures and loss of consciousnesses. He dies of a brain aneurysm less than 24 hours after the show.
12:26 PM on 05/25/09
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The band was opening for Four Year Strong. Dom always had a lot of energy, and he'd flail about, wrapping the chord around his neck and whatnot. Something happened that doctors believe to be related to that action, resulting in seizures and loss of consciousnesses. He dies of a brain aneurysm less than 24 hours after the show.
Oh jeez that sounds horrible. RIP Dom.
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