Everyone’s favorite multi-continent hardcore punk band The Old-Timers are back with a retrospective greatest hits album covering their six year career that includes selections from full lengths, ep’s, and various compilations.
Since this is a greatest hits album, I’ve decided the best way to deal with the review is to pull from past reviews I’ve done of the Old-Timers releases as I’ve covered a few of them, so this review will also be a “greatest hits”.
In many ways, The Old-Timers are a product of the technology age since none of the band members are close to each other. Guitarist and bass player Donovan and singer Dave used to both be located in South Africa but not even close in country and Dave has now returned back to Scotland, and the drums have come from the US with most of the drums on this provided by Phil Harris of False Idle. Mixing and mastering have often been handled by Sef Idle at Simpul Studios in Idaho. There’s some irony in there somewhere about hardcore music, which if we’re honest is not the most complex, requiring the most modern technology.
As to what you’ll hear on the album…. Driving rhythms, fast guitars, great bass lines and drums and vocals shouted over the top characterize the sound here. Think the pace for some good old-school circle pits and some slower sections for pile-ons and sing-alongs, just good fun music. While the Old Timers are an openly Christian band in focus and themes and that may not appeal to everyone, the intensity of the vocals and the music really shows the conviction of the members and that combined with the overall speed and style and quality of the songs will have a broad appeal.