IMX magazine volume 5, issue 3 *sept/oct 2006
// ON THE COUCH
-Reviewed by Mark Hofberg
Every once in a while you listen to CD by a new, up-and-coming band and once you're done listening to it you want to tell everyone you know about it. The Protester's Hymn by Fifty Stars Anger has been the album for me ever since I got it.
I found a link on the internet to their myspace.com
page where there were four songs to try out in the flash player. Just based on those few songs, i had to check out the whole album as soon as I could after that. The music and the band itself really intrigued me.
The music from those four songs are part of the 13-songs album that will keep you rocking from start to finish. If you're looking for a band that will have you stomping your foot listening to their music, this is the band you're looking for.
Fitting into the punk band label (more-so an authentic punk band, not the Sum 41, blink-182 pop-punk sense of the word), the tempo, the music and lyrics beg to played again and again. It's not too often I'd throw around the title of "next big thing" but if enough people can hear about this band, I have no doubt they could be one of the next big groups to come out of Canada.
The music from the Montreal-based band is very politically driven, as are the band members themselves. One scan of their website and that much is very evident with links to PETA, Amnesty international, War Resisters league and Free Vanunu prominently placed. A lot can be learned by researching what the songs are really about. Tracks like Evolution Zero, Right to Censor, Artificial World, and especially Mordechai Vanunu are good place to start.
Overall rating: 4.5/ 5
released January 17, 2006
-All songs and arrangements by Fifty Stars Anger
-Lyrics by Mike Morin excepted Evolution Zero written by Fred payeur and No future for us co-written with Fred Payeur
- Recorded and Mixed by Christian Donaldson at Studio le Garage
- Mastered by Mr. Bernard at BB Mastering
- Artwork and design by Sebastien Corriveau at sebast.net