Implants - From Chaos to Order
Record Label: Cyber Tracks
Release Date: May 07, 2013
There is something distinctively nostalgic and 90’s about Implants first record, From Chaos to Order. The vocals, the guitars and the lightning fast drums are exactly the stuff that made 90’s skate punk so enjoyable and the best releases so memorable.
Over a decade after its heyday skate punk had hid somewhat of a stalemate with most bands either disbanded, uninspiredly repeating themselves or in the case of Strung Out advanced their sound away from what made their first records the behemoths they are.
With members such Rob Ramos (Strung Out) , Jim Blowers (Pulley), Chris Del , Chris Dalley (Both former members of Ten Foot Pole ) and Ken Conte (Brown Lobster Tank) combining their talents and an obvious yearning for days past, it should come as no surprise that the record takes the best of skate punk records past and combines it to make a blistering and enjoyable throwback to better times.
Released on El Hefe’s (NOFX) new label Cyber Tracks Implants debut From Chaos to Order boasts twelve songs of pure skate punk brilliance taken straight from the latter part of the 90s.
Opener ” Life Passes” was released over a year as a demo and still proves to be one of the best songs on the record. The track is a perfect example of what skate punk should sound like: High pitched vocals, speeding guitars, Rob Ramos Solo included, sunny melodies and fast drumming (Some might even say comically fast…). The song is topped with somewhat overused, but still effective “Live-your-life-now” lyrics. The following “Blinded” falls in the same category, with great vocal harmonies, Ramos’ typical leads, but also displays the records sole downside for the first time: the vocal harmonies in the chorus are a tad too much. The brilliant solo towards the end makes more than up for it though. The harmonies truly become annoying in the chorus of “Through the Window”. The song starts of well, fast paced drumming nice guitar melodies, and vocals reminiscent of later Fenix TX and Deviates, but once the second chorus arrives, all the good impressions fly out the window: The harmony vocals are just cringe worthy and annoying.
Where bands such as Bad Religion, Pulley and Strung Out successfully employ three piece harmonies in their chorus to create atmosphere, Implants unfortunately fail miserably that time, straining the listeners nerves and making the listeners fingers reach for the skip button.Fortunately the song is a lone dissenter and the rest of the songs on the album follow the same concept that made the individual band members other bands great: high pitched, nasally vocals, personal, yet not whiny lyrics, fast drumming and Rob Ramos on guitar playing a solo or two per song.
Fans of the bands the members of Implants are/were in and anyone with a fondness for 90s skate punk should give this a go. Implants play the kind of music that made labels like Epitaph and Fat so great in 90s/early 00s.