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Universal Order Of Armageddon

Born Against Split 7"

The Born Against side is hella punky, with the second track, "Bit Part In A Bad Movie," picking up the pace from the relatively slow "I Am An Idiot." The Universal Order Of Armageddon side is quite a bit noisier and faster. The emotionally charged and hopeful lyrics blend with the aggressive music to create music that is as motivational as it is inspirational. Do I even need to say how wonderful it is?

"Self-titled" CD (Kill Rock Stars)

Rock at the brink of immolation. Maybe that's the best way to describe U.O.A. They always sounded like they were on the verge of something - maybe explosion, implosion, transcendence. It's anyone's guess. To me, it always sounded like the last fading vestiges of rebellion and hope, the remaining partisan elements slowly being hunted down and exterminated by oppressive forces, confined in barbed wire camps and ready to make another escape attempt at the first available opportunity. It's music which seems inhuman, yet simultaneously captures the essence of what it means to be alive at the end of the millennium. Maybe it's only fitting that the band broke up a while ago and this is their final testament. Everything you need to hear on one CD. Everything you need.

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Last modified on Wednesday, March 26, 2008