Mesa, Arizona’s Authority Zero originally released “Stories Of Survival” in 2010 on Suburban Noize Records but us Europeans had to wait up until now for it to be available over here. Not too many reggae-infused tunes this time around (save for the occasional track like “Big Bad World” or “The Movement”), but all the more fast rhythms and loud guitars.
It’s all very well made and comes with hooks and choruses in all the right places, plenty of variation between fast and more laidback tunes yet somehow the band never manages to reel me in. It’s the kind of formulaic punkrock that Authority Zero has been cranking out for years alongside a thousand other punkrock bands. “Struggling For Survival” might have been a more fitting album title.