REVIEW: Useless I.D. – State Is Burning – Fat Wreck Chords


LOS ANGELES, June 22, 2016 — What is not to love about the new Useless I.D. album, State Is Burning? It is a masterpiece. With their first since 2008, and second on Fat Wreck Chords, Useless I.D.’s eighth full-length record shows Israel’s favorite punk band still has that magic going. The album is set for release on July 1 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Every track is phenomenal. They can seemingly do no wrong with this release.

The opening song, “Land of Idiocracy,” starts the album in a really cool, unique way. The tune opens with Yotam Ben Horin belting out an angry, raspy roar that sounds so epic that it will give you goosebumps.

Then the instruments follow shortly after making for a big, fast, intense, raw, energetic, aggressive entrance. The sound hits you faster than the speed of light and, “BOOM,” you are sucked in and can’t turn yourself away from this album.

State is Burning continues to please the whole way through as it weaves the listener through a variety of both heavy and fast songs, as well as slower and more poppy, melodic sounding songs.

Useless I.D. offers something for everybody who loves punk rock.

The opening guitar riff on the fourth track, “How to Dismantle a Bomb,” is straight up awesome! There is no other way to describe it. That’s the best, most honest way one can put it.

Every song on this great album has something about it that is spectacular. It is a challenge finding something negative to say about any of this album. There’s nothing to hate. It’s all pure gold.

While “We Don’t Want the Airwaves” was the first song released from the album, Fat Wreck Chords could have easily chosen any of the songs since they all are potential singles catchy enough to make you sing along.


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