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PUP FRESH REVIEW: CONDITIONS “FULL OF WAR”

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Conditions - Full of War
Record Label: Good Fight/eOne Music
Release Date: March 26th, 2013
Reviewed By: Jared Ohgren

Being from Virginia, Conditions will always hold a special place in my heart. The 4-piece hails from a town just down the highway from me. Watching them grow as a band has been one of the most endearing experiences of my life. The members that make up this band are some of the greatest and most hardworking people I have ever met in my life, but I’m going to stop before I get even sappier. With two EPs, a full length, and an extensive touring schedule under their belt, and even a shroud of mystery over the fact of this album even coming out, the band is set to release their follow up to 2010’s Flourescent Youth.

Full of War is a change in scenery for Conditions. When the band released “Walking Separate Ways,” I was blown away. It was everything I loved about the band’s past: the thick and heavy guitars guided by vocalist, Brandon Roundtree’s, crooning vocals. However, this time around, there was a very apparent shift in the sound. The song structure, the melodies, and vocal delivery were a lot more poppy. I brushed it off and thought nothing of it. Then a couple weeks ago the band released another track, “Love Elusive.” To be frank, I almost hated it. It wasn’t what I wanted it to be. It wasn’t the band I grew up loving, but I accepted it – bands change.

Why did I just spend a whole paragraph talking about a band’s slight shift in sound? Because never in my life have I listened to an album and said, “This is definitely what ‘insert band’ should sound like.” However, Full of War nails that idea with a hammer. Conditions have created their defining album. The guitar work from Alex Howard is some of my favorite in the band’s catalog; Corey Thomas’ bass tone is phenomenally thick; and Ryan Tinsley, once again, drops my jaw with his drumming expertise. Every song on the album is fantastic in every way. Whether it’s a song about the loss of self (“Skeleton”), the personal consequences of being head over heels (“Best Mistake”), or the flaws of human desire (“The Descent of Man”), the lyrical content is married with the vocal delivery from Roundtree - you can feel the emotion in his voice as he sings.

Are my thoughts on Full of War biased because of my personal connection to this band? Maybe; but going into this album, I didn’t expect to love it as much as I do – I expected to not like it at all. Never in my life have I been more wrong about an album. Seriously, go pick up/check out this album on March 26th because I guarantee this band will become your new favorite band instantly. 

Verdict: ★★★★.5 /★★★★★

RIYL: All Time Low, Circa Survive, Sleeping With Sirens

Tracklisting:

  1. Walking Separate Ways
  2. Skeleton
  3. Open Eyes
  4. Best Mistake
  5. Love Elusive
  6. Wonderful Lie
  7. Everyday is a New Life
  8. The Descent of Man
  9. Long Division
  10. What We Wait For
  11. Not Giving Up…Not Yet

CONDITIONS IS:
Brandon Roundtree - Vocals
Alex Howard - Guitar/Vocals
Corey Thomas - Bass
Ryan Tinsley - Drums

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  1. lefty-sciss0rs reblogged this from kingofnaps and added:
    so excited for this!
  2. wornbytheweather said: you’re from VA?!
  3. kingofnaps reblogged this from pupfresh and added:
    A truly fantastic album. Please check this band out.
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