(8/10) I assume that "With Regrets" is more than just a name for a record. I think it's also Expire's way of saying goodbye after seven years of hardcore punk. In those years Expire grew to an important band that reached a wider fanbase, still beloning to the undergound.
The story of Expire started in Milwaukee in 2009 and the band published their debut "Pendulum Swings" in 2012. "Pretty Low" followed before the band announced to stop with Expire, still releasing the third chapter of their short but intensive journey, a trip that was build on many live shows.
The new album is a short one and a mighty goodbye-message. Thirteen news songs got a spot on the tracklist that is with 22 minutes short and to the point. The guys don't get lost in frill and furbelows, they play extremely hard with singer Josh as the raging landmark of Expire's sound.
"With Regrets" combines aggression and groove to an explosive mixture. Tracks like the "Regret" or the merciless opener "Fighting the Slip" clearly show why the band gained importance over the last years. But the best two tracks, at least for me, is the roaring "Fair Weather Friend" are the brutal "Turn to Dust".
"With Regrets" marks the ending of a really cool band that stopped at their peak - a fact that demands respect and shows the quality demands the guys have towards themselves.
- Fighting the Slip
- Divide and Conquer
- Hidden Love
- Live or Die
- Fair Weather Friend
- Turned to Dust
- The Harsh Truth
- Beyond My Reach
- Fear in Control
Label: Bridge 9
Release Date EU: September 23rd, 2016