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Sick of it All - Nonstop

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Sick of it All - Nonstop (Re-recordings)
Record Label: Century Media
Release Date: November 1, 2011
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
Hardcore and debacles: it's almost like feeding flesh to the sharks. Face-offs in the pit, tough guy mantras, and esoteric loyalties in phrases like "if you're not now, you never were" have all played their roles. In 1990, NYHC's Sick of it All and Born Against butted heads as tempers flared during an NYU radio broadcast. But on the other side of that dare-to-cross fence, there's enough elitist rupturing unity to curb the fake nonsense. Therefore, when Sick of it All repeat the unity call: "sister/brother we'll brave the outside world" ("Us vs. Them"), there's no timelier campaign for a fragmented world than Nonstop. A re-recorded version of the band's toughest-skinned compositions, it takes on both the rallying and rectifying with one swift blow, especially with Danish metal producer Tue Madsen back in action.

The recording, like vocalist Lou Koller's mean-mugging bravado, cuts the hyperbolic shit. Its beats are magnified and grander than ever and Koller's strong-as-steel words re-coated with a simple sheen. Because of this it's trickier to mentally revisit those over-sized white tees, mother shaming crew cuts, and thugged out bandanas, but it's all there: on the album cover Sick of it All stand undivided, marking their permanence in the early hardcore era. Time may have eroded, but Nonstop cements that they're incapable of it.

Metallica were the master of puppets; Propagandhi, the masters of political soapboxes; and Sick of it All continue to be the masters of all out war. Wasting no time to reintroduce us to that infamous '89 KRS-One cameo on "Cloberrin' Time", Kris Parker's camaraderie is a gruff bellow: "KRS-One, Sick of it All, fresh for 2012 you bitches." Koller caps it off with a gratifying "suckas", in such a way that reminds us of their immortal existence, right in between Madball and Cro-Mags.

Pete Koller has down-tuned his guitar an entire step, perhaps to slip more corrosion inside every nook and cranny. In contrast to the subtle role of the bass, Koller's untouchable words of virulence are rowdy and commanding on tracks "Scratch the Surface"; and gang vocals ever-focused and freshened on "The Deal" and "Friends Like You". "Us vs Them" gives us an arena feel of woah-ohs, and the grand finale "Built To Last" reiterates the band's longevity in the ranks.

Out of the twenty war hungry tracks on Nonstop, a majority are from Sick of it All's iron-fisted full-length debut Blood, Sweat and No Tears. It's not dressed up in flashy gear or talking a big game, because they're a huge part of having kick-started that game. Sick of it All are a pledge of brothers to the sisters, brothers to the brothers, and fathers to sons, demonstrating that passing age doesn't have to mean passing out.

Recommended If You LikeSick of it All; retaining the oldies but goodies.

Breakdown1. Clobberin’ Time
2. Injustice System!
3. Sanctuary
4. Scratch The Surface
5. Us Vs. Them
6. The Deal
7. Just Look Around
8. Ratpack
9. World Full Of Hate
10. Pushed Too Far
11. GI Joe Headstomp
12. Never Measure Up
13. Chip Away
14. Busted
15. Locomotive
16. My Life
17. Friends Like You
18. Relentless
19. No Labels
20. Built To Last

Purchase Nonstop

 
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12:57 AM on 10/24/11
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"KRS-One, Sick of it All, fresh for 2012 you bitches."

Oh, please. Give me a break.
02:38 PM on 10/24/11
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Always respect for SOIA.
03:12 PM on 10/25/11
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Saw Sick of it All open for Rise Against and they have definitely still got it. I feel they haven't had a classic album (Built to Last is likely their closest) so this is a great collection of tracks for people looking to get into them. Hopefully the updated sound will help the music click with new listeners too.
Take the night off might be a newer song but should have definitely been included on this.
06:59 PM on 10/25/11
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Saw Sick of it All open for Rise Against and they have definitely still got it. I feel they haven't had a classic album (Built to Last is likely their closest) so this is a great collection of tracks for people looking to get into them. Hopefully the updated sound will help the music click with new listeners too.
Take the night off might be a newer song but should have definitely been included on this.
Thanks for your comments, Steve. They do still have it, and I'm sure you'll pick it up, haha.
11:17 AM on 12/11/11
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thats sad that sick of it all had to OPEN for rise against. most certainly should have been the other way around.

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