ALBUM: Drive A – The World In Shambles

Release Date: April 5th, 2011
Label: Dead Conflict Records
Website: www.drivearock.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/drivea

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Drive A have released ‘World In Shambles’ two years later to follow-up their debut ‘Loss Of Desire’ released in 2009. Still following their punk-rock influences and rebellious ambitions, what can Drive A offer us this time?

The opener ‘Intro’ provides a little bit of a background story to the album by having a news report announce the band’s disappearance, and that they are to blame. From hearing this we can easily piece together that the band are going to be either rebellious or mischievous in some way. This is then followed up by the explosive introduction from ‘Revolt!’ forcing upon us a high amount of energy, a fast tempo and some heavy, but basic riffs structures along with a solid bass-line. ‘Revolt!’ stands and provides as a song that you can just go crazy to, making for an effective album opener.

Throughout, ‘The World In Shambles’ manages to sustain its energy as it progresses. Songs like ‘Let’s Have A Wreck’ and ‘Young Cunts’ are good examples of typical shout-it-out songs, both of which keep up their raw vocal style but use typical, repeated lyrics which make the songs a lot easier to get into.

As with all energy in an album, it eventually dips. Songs like ‘Demented’ and the album’s title-track still throw the same raw vocal style our way, but clearly turn down the energy in their playing. The riffs become a lot more generic and a lot less obvious and loud as previous tracks. This could be interpreted as them trying different things, or simple running out of ideas and being limited to their genre.

As the record draws to a bit of a close, we see definite signs of change in songs like ‘Empty Page’ and ‘Dead End Lives’ where they take a more generic rock band approach to their songs, however, by the time you reach this point in the album it feels like the same song has been left on repeat, and that everything is beginning to sound the same. Up to this point there is a definite dip in enthusiasm and any significantly good change in the album. The energy eventually picks itself back up in its closer ‘Salvation’ although, by this time it’s a bit late to recover, despite it standing as a good closing to the record.

Written by Matthew Collins