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Death Threat come back with an album that does and doesn’t sound like them. For God and Government is a lot faster and better produced album than the previous Peace and Security. Instead of the somewhat typical metal core that adorned the last album, the band takes a more traditional approach to hardcore that at first sounds uncharacteristic but it all works out in the end. The break downs are still brutal as ever but the build up is quicker and more complimenting to them. Instead of keeping the same mid-tempo throughout the song they change things up a bit by throwing in a lot of speed and it feels like a good progression in the bands sound. The same bitter and pissed off lyrics are back in full effect as well but instead of making them totally personal a few of the songs are more of a rally cry for hardcore and punk rock kids. Maybe this album is an indication of the band moving in a different direction while trying to cling to their roots. Come on, the band that wrote “Dead at Birth” and “Life Sentence” is now doing Op Ivy covers?
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