In a Warzone

In a Warzone

by TransplantsTransplants


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The punk rock super group of Rancid's Tim Armstrong, blink-182's Travis Barker, and roadie-turned-rapper Rob Aston made a splash with a couple records in the early 2000s before going their separate ways in 2005. The albums were an interesting mix of hip-hop, dub, and punk rock that featured Barker's powerful drumming, Aston's barking raps, and Armstrong's sonic experimentation. When the trio got back together in 2010 to begin working on new material, they stripped down their sound and focused on the punk rock aspect, making In a Warzone sound more like a Rancid album than a mash-up of the three musicians' interests. Apart from two tracks that fold in some rapping and hip-hop swagger (the almost Sugar Ray-sounding "Something's Different" and the old-school rap-rock "It's a Problem"), the order of the day is pounding, angry punk with Aston doing more singing than rapping, the guitars howling and lyrics that touch on politics and not giving a fuck. Fans of the first two albums that liked the chances the band took and appreciated the variety and flavor of the songs might feel a little let down here, but punk rock diehards should be happy with the hardcore-inspired songs ("Silence," "In a Warzone") and the overall snarl of the voices and guitars. There's also plenty of Armstrong's patented woozy slur and his myth-making Clash rock to keep his devotees satisfied, though it's hard not to wish he did all the singing. It's sort of unfair to Aston to be teamed with one of the most distinctive voices -- he does a decent job keeping up but really it's like having an all-star pitcher on your team but sending out a journeyman hurler out to pitch the big game instead. That being said, there are enough good songs and enough energy on hand to make In a Warzone a solid release; less interesting than previous efforts, but still fun in an aggressive way.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/25/2013
Label: Epitaph
UPC: 0045778726325
catalogNumber: 87263
Rank: 55367

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Transplants   Primary Artist
Tim Armstrong   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Paul Wall   Vocals
Travis Barker   Drums,Group Member
Bun B   Vocals
Nick Pritchard   Handwriting
Equipto   Vocals
Elvis Cortez   Guitar
Kevin Bivona   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Rob Aston   Vocals,Handwriting,Group Member

Technical Credits

Estevan Oriol   Back Cover,Band Photo
Transplants   Composer,Producer
Nick Pritchard   Layout
Mister Cartoon   Logo
Kevin Bivona   Engineer
James Ingram   Engineer
Paul Slayton   Composer
Christopher Holmes   Engineer,Additional Production
Rob Aston   Layout
Liligrow   Cover Art
Ilych Yasushi Sato   Composer

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