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From the Ashes
     

From the Ashes

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by Pennywise
 

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California punk and hardcore have always been fellow travelers with skate and surf culture; the convergent scenes had common beefs with suburban boredom and clueless authority. But as the Cali sound was discovered by a national audience, and surfing and skateboarding entered a new renaissance of extreme sport and big-money sponsorship, the original identification with

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California punk and hardcore have always been fellow travelers with skate and surf culture; the convergent scenes had common beefs with suburban boredom and clueless authority. But as the Cali sound was discovered by a national audience, and surfing and skateboarding entered a new renaissance of extreme sport and big-money sponsorship, the original identification with subculture and subversion was perhaps diluted a bit. But while corporatization is still a factor, in the 21st century West Coast labels like Epitaph and Fat Wreck have proven their staying power and independent spirit. Enabled by Internet savvy and genius marketing initiatives like the Vans Warped Tour, these labels and their bands have taken up the activism and subversion gauntlet once again, influencing a new generation of fresh-faced punks and X-Games skaters with ideas and attitudes that are anything but mainstream. Now 15 years on, Hermosa Beach punk veterans Pennywise have issued From the Ashes. It's a welcome, rocking return to form after some weaker efforts, but it also takes a page from NOFX's War on Errorism, promoting an agenda of awareness amidst its fist-pumping, sun-drenched anthems. The Cali bands' platform is one of wagon-circling. Fed up with conservative government, they encourage the punks and kids to pay attention to what's going on, but close ranks in support of each other. It's a reengineering of the original punk rock ethic in the face of a new enemy. Throughout "God Save the USA," the dynamic "This Is Only a Test," and the raging "Punch Drunk," vocalist Jim Lindberg rallies his troops. "They're draining the banks now but no one will tell you," he spits in the latter. "If you don't believe it then they already got you." All this consciousness raising is admirable. But what's even better is the stripped-down, classic Cali punk delivery system that Pennywise deploys throughout From the Ashes. "Something to Change" recalls vintage skatepunk, bitching about boredom over a breakneck brutally simplistic screed. Pennywise sums up its lengthy career, informed cynicism, and warning tone with the ringing power chords of closing anthem "Judgment Day." Lindberg asks, "Who ever knew there'd be days like these when the world could knock us to our knees?" It's the skill of a veteran band to recall its salad days while rocking the recruits, and still clock in at under three minutes.

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Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Epitaph / Ada
UPC:
0045778666423
catalogNumber:
86664
Rank:
113087

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From the Ashes 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
screw what the critics say, this album rules
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pennywise did it again - the boys once more came up with a pretty good album which connects fast beats with melodic guitar playin'... Yeah, some critic might say that the songs all sound the same and that the entire album sounds just like "Land of the Free" - and there's something true about such a statement - don't get me wrong: I love both albums but Pennywise actually sounds pretty much the same and fans of asymmetric punk rock won't like it as much as somebody who looks for good melodies that are not too primitive but stay in your head - I'm one of those who look for the latter for I'm fine with the way Pennywise do their job! I liked "Land of the Free" a little better when I got it - but to me "From the Ashes" is the best album of the year 2003 so far - and believe me guys - I got a lot of new albums of many, many awesome bands!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this album is an excellent addition to the Pennywise collection. In fact i believe that if they were to wrap up the show this would be the perfect ender. But please don't end Pennywise your artistic values are much needed in life
Guest More than 1 year ago
once again pennywise gives the world a peice of there mind and a new cd for me to buy like evry cd for the last 15 years kick arse better then almost every band (if u know a better 1 let me know) strong lyrics awesome guitar riffs and all not much left to say besides buy it know
Guest More than 1 year ago
I managed to hear this album before it has been released and it is easily as good as any other PW album with all of the songs being full of energy and raw power!!! there is alot of key tracks on this cd such as God save the USA, Somthing To Change, waiting and Punch Drunk to name a few!! but every song on the cd just makes you want to listen to it over and over agen! if you are a pennywise fan i heavily suggest that you buy this album as soon as possible or download some of the free tracks on the pennywise website atleast shay
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album rocks! Pennywise always manages to out-do themselves. I definitely recommend this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You know when you buy a Pennywise record that you're going to get something meaningful. These guys are the real deal. But throw in the free DVD, and you have twice as many reasons to get FROM THE ASHES. RUN, don't walk, to the BUY button on this page...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just bought this cd and what can i say it's one of the best cd's i have bought in a while all you pennywise fans out there should get this cd today
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd rox! seriously, i just started listening to pennywise like a year ago but i am hooked!! this cd is great if u dont have it already buy it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't stress to you how good this CD is and how you need to buy it. From the Ashes is one of the best Pennywise albums. Not only do you get a FREE DVD but you get 14 great songs too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new album from Pennywise kicks butt. I've waited a long time to hear something new from them, and they did not let me down. In classic punk rock style, From the Ashes f'kn jams!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great album! Not one boring song, all just good, fast punkrock. Pennywise has done it again! "Judgement Day" is just awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pennywise's new album, From the Ashes, is definetely the best CD that has come out from any band at all through all of 2003. Pennywise is a great band. The bonus DVD is also very funny and I loved the live performance of "My Own Country". Awesome cd!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We all need to rise up against the goverment and actully see whats going on and this is what the album is saying. (FIND THE TRUTH) PENNYWISE FOR LIFE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS SUCH AN AWSOME CD. I LOVE IT ALL THE FAST TRACKS ARE INTENSE AND FULL OF MEANING. ITS NOT AS GOOD AS LAND OF THE FREE, BUT IS STILL REALLY AWSOME
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. Being a fan since their self titled debut, It never ceases to amaze me, the way that this band continues to grow and get better and better. From the Ashes is a fantastic CD and for those who are not familliar with the band Pennywise....BUY THIS ALBUM!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
No matter what songs they're playing, no matter what Jim sings, Pennywise music has a point. Hands down worth the money. I listen to it everyday, and it brings me to a new light of understanding and questioning of our society, values, policies, abilities... and yesterdays. Thanks to PW for putting things into perspective!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pennywise once again shows us why they have been a mainstay in the music industry for the past 15 years. After returning to producer Darian Rundall, they hit hard with the same defiance, yet social awareness that has won them the praise of rock fans everywhere. Pennywise combines Jim's biting social commentary with the musical accompaniment that boy band creators everywhere would kill for. In summary: great lyrics(that actually mean something), great music, and splendid production quality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the Ashes is the best CD of the year! Two years after they release Land of the Free? Pennywise finally came back with this powerful, fast, cool songs. If you haven't checked this out yet, go and buy it today
Guest More than 1 year ago
once again pennywise have shown there awsome punk rock abilities.From the Ashes is the best cd Ive heard this year.executed nicely PW.
Guest More than 1 year ago
after all these years pennywise havent dropped their standards and still rule the punk scene
Guest More than 1 year ago
This alblum is the so good just like all the other pennywise cd's. It is super fast and if you don't have it go get it. Byron is the fastet drummer by far. Go get hooked by the word from the wise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Two words... Love It! I have friends who tell me they sound like they sold out or went corporate. I know one thing about music, if you stay the same, you will die out. That's what Pennywise and Punk is all about... change. It may sound different from their earlier albums. But their energy and most importantly, their message has continuity. That was what turned me on to them in the first place. I feel as if they're just growing, as a band and as people. That's my opinion on it. Now go get your own Mother F**ker. (stupid swear monitor) -Ben aka SlantEyedDescendent "The PW Army is here, and the revolution has begun."
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe after 13 years Pennywise can change yet still sound the same. It's awesome. Jim's vocals sound different, but still rock and the lyrics go straight to your heart and mind to make you think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is the best yet. They never seem to amaze me. Eb=very record has been great and full of emotion. Pennywise is a one of a kind band and I am sure that the next album will once again blow me away!!!