Propagandhi, the Canadian punk crew who’ve spent the past three decades
simultaneously shredding faces and educating the masses on left-wing political thought,
are back with their seventh full-length album, Victory Lap, out today on Epitaph
It’s been five years since the band’s last release, 2012’s mighty Failed States, but
Victory Lap picks up where its predecessor left off. That is, heavy on the hooks and
definitely, heavy on the metal. Right out the gate, the self-titled album opener bursts
with one of the tastiest, crunchiest riffs you’ll hear all year. The song is a biting take on
our perpetually self-sabotaging, asshole prone, short-sighted; empathy-free society. Or
as frontman Chris Hannah howls, “the day the rapture came, a forgettable event, the
clouds, they opened up, and not a single person went.”
Hannah’s voice switches from world-weary, to uplifting at the drop of a hat throughout
Victory Lap. His often pleasant tone, along with the infectious punk undertones of
Propagandhi’s music might lure the average, uninformed rock fan down the rabbit hole of
radical left-wing activism the band has advocated for decades. However, the brooding
metal heft so crucial to their sound is never far behind and at times the technical
quotient on Victory Lap gets downright proggy [which is a good thing].
The band sounds tighter than most of the scariest modern metal bands with logos you
can’t decipher ever will. Propagandhi’s rhythm section marches in lockstep unison on
“When All Your Fears Collide” while their usual guitar crunch gives way to ethereal
wonder on “Lower Order (A Good Laugh).” “Failed Imagineer” is another thought-provoking
Trojan horse of a tune. Buoyant enough to prompt mosh pits and fist
pumping, but actually highlights the plight of mentally scarred war veterans;
victims/pawns in the larger geopolitical chess game of western civilization.
Given the, uh…rather tumultuous political landscape of 2017 America, Propagandhi’s
new record feels especially relevant. Hopefully, the band’s lyrics and impassioned
performances will turn heads, and the frenzied adrenaline rush of these punk rock
ditties bathed in metallic splendor will motivate people to actually make their voices
heard out in the world. For Propagandhi, that’s the whole point.
To purchase Victory Lap, click here!