After an intro courtesy of the late Winston Churchill's "Blood, Sweat, Tears, and Toil" speech, "The New Pollution" recalls mid-90's DOWN BY LAW with it's up-tempo call-to-arms complemented perfectly by a chorus destined to become a crowd sing-along at future live shows. STORIES starts off right, grabbing you by the ears and strapping you in for the ride.
"Big Bad World" is a highlight of the record, a reggae-flavored number depicting the plight of the hard-working man "breaking their back for another day," slaving to make ends meet while being physically, financially, and emotionally abused by those above them in the corporate hierarchy.
"Movement" and "The Remedy" also veer into the reggae and ska realms, reminding you of how effective the band is when locked into a groove.
After nearly 20 years as a band, Authority Zero has aged well - not necessarily changing their sound, but becoming tighter and more polished over time.
STORIES OF SURVIVAL will be available on June 22, 2010 via VIKING FUNERAL, a joint venture by Fletcher Dragge of PENNYWISE, Ken Seaton of Hardline Entertainment, and SUBURBAN NOIZE RECORDS.