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Album Review

Stray From The Path – Subliminal Criminal

Stray From The Path

Political metalcore at its very best: it’s seething, intense, and couldn’t be more relatable.

Released: 14th August 2015

Rating: ★★★★

Keyboard warriors, the lot of us. In an age where it seems easier to send a whirlwind of turbocharged tweets to @theestablishment, attempting to make a difference by using your voice has almost become a spectacle of the past. Stray From The Path’s latest release ‘Subliminal Criminals’, addresses exactly that.

Known as a band who use their influence to call-out the villains of the modern world, the offering is political metalcore at its very best: it’s seething, intense, and couldn’t be more relatable.

From the slaying of unethical capitalists in ‘The New Gods’ to the relentless stab at privatised healthcare in in ‘Outbreak’, the album depicts the people’s rights in a way that will leave you wanting to storm the streets in a blind fit of rage, as you flash the V-sign and confront anyone who gets in your way. Who said the spirit of punk was dead?

In ‘Badge and a Bullet Pt II’, the musicians take on corrupted cops with brutal riffs, stormy snares and an in-your-face attitude. Whereas ‘First World Problem Child’, featuring Architects’ Sam Carter, touches upon privileged white folk and how they openly speak-out about the complexities of racial and political issues.

But it’s not just the wider community that the Long Island four-piece are unleashing their onslaught upon. In stand out track ‘D.I.E.P.I.G.’, they bring the topical-angst closer to home by scathingly slamming fellow musicians who use their position to take advance of young, underage girls. Name dropping the likes of Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins and Front Porch Step, vocalist Andrew Dijorio (Drew York) spits fire with “Hey Predator, what do you say? Did you land a girl half your age?”.

Their loudest, angriest and broadest record to date, if ‘Subliminal Criminals’ has taught us anything it’s that revolutions don’t happen with a 140-character limit. Emma Matthews