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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the Canadian punk rock duo sees Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler dropping the 1979 suffix (which was added in 2004 due to a dispute with DFA Records) from the band name.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Sep 5, 2017
    90
    Outrage! finds them actually enjoying the process of writing and experimenting with the potent formula they concocted back at the start of the millennium.
  2. Sep 7, 2017
    80
    While The Physical World was a stunning comeback, this album cements Death from Above's place as one of the great rock bands of their era. It's a vital document to wave in front of anyone who says rock is dead, because one listen to any DFA song is enough to prove that argument DOA.
  3. Kerrang!
    Sep 11, 2017
    80
    This one's a reduction of their dense, danceable punk rock into two main groups: lairy and louche. [9 Sep 2017, p.52]
  4. Q Magazine
    Sep 5, 2017
    60
    Outrage! Is Now makes a convincing fist of them not sounding like a band pushing 40. [Oct 2017, p.100]
  5. Sep 14, 2017
    60
    Grainger and Keeler are now more than six years into their reunion, but it’s still hard to listen to these songs without making knee-jerk comparisons to their early work (which, let’s face it, offered more thrills). That being said, Outrage! Is Now shows that they’ve shifted into a new phase of their career – one in which they’ve honed their craft and matured into seasoned pros.
  6. Magnet
    Sep 18, 2017
    40
    The duo is only revisiting what made Death From Above faves 13 years ago without realizing how poorly it has aged. [No. 146, p.55]
  7. Sep 19, 2017
    30
    The band rarely have anything interesting to say.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Sep 14, 2017
    8
    Although Outrage is Now! doesn't pack the same hit-for-hit attack as DFA's original EP, it does something just as exciting, it evolves pastAlthough Outrage is Now! doesn't pack the same hit-for-hit attack as DFA's original EP, it does something just as exciting, it evolves past the doldrums of The Physical World and into a familiar raw territory - one that the bad thrives in. DFA in the land of metal. Expand
  2. Sep 8, 2017
    7
    Quick Track-By-Track Review
    Nomad: 7
    Freeze Me: 8 Caught Up: 8 Outrage! Is Now: 6 Never Swim Alone: 6 Moonlight: 7 Statues: 8 All I C
    Quick Track-By-Track Review
    Nomad: 7
    Freeze Me: 8
    Caught Up: 8
    Outrage! Is Now: 6
    Never Swim Alone: 6
    Moonlight: 7
    Statues: 8
    All I C is U & Me: 8
    NVR 4EVER: 8
    Holy Books:7
    Final Score: 72/100 or 7/10
    Even though this album is somewhat repetitive, I have to admit that it was better than I thought it was going to be. The album itself starts off in a quite interesting direction but it never seems to evolve from that direction, still, the album is extremely pleasing to listen to and should satisfy any casual listener due to the sheer talent at hand.
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  3. Sep 9, 2017
    7
    This album has the same problem as the Physical World, the duo's last album, which is that while it has a ton of energy and rock swagger, itThis album has the same problem as the Physical World, the duo's last album, which is that while it has a ton of energy and rock swagger, it is too polished and often comes off like it wants to be played on Top 40 Modern Rock radio, lacking in the noise punk grit of their landmark debut. And this one being less riskier than the last because of how similar it sounds. But this is still a solid outing from the band regardless. The band still knows how to deliver a rock song with energy and swagger, like I said before. It's not much of a risk, in fact it's pretty safe unfortunately, but there is some enjoyment to be had here. It is a formula that works. Expand
  4. Sep 9, 2017
    4
    The new album is very disappointing. It has a heavier sound, but the band just don't do it justice. Was hoping for more stuff like Holy Books,The new album is very disappointing. It has a heavier sound, but the band just don't do it justice. Was hoping for more stuff like Holy Books, my favorite song, which came out as a single. I kind of got that, however the songs that similarly lack danciness in favor heaviness here just don't work out. The rest of the songs are just bad.

    Nomad is alright. Really a good opener song if you haven't heard all the singles. Really shows what's to come. Other than that I'd give it a 7
    Freeze Me has really grown off of me. At first I liked it but it doesn't really have anything interesting in it. The riffs are OK. Light 5
    Caught Up reminds me of Royal Blood. I hate Royal Blood. I mean they arguably ripped of DFA and now they're basically ripping of RB. 4
    Outrage! Is Now is probably the least outrageous song on the album. Because it's pretty slow. The chorus is meh. It's OK. 6
    Dear god I despise Never Swim Alone. It has some OK points in it but then I immediately realise how bad of a song it is. The squealing vocals yelling what seems to be a parody of teens or the internet and a plea for a better generation is incredibly annoying. I mean they probably meant for that but not the way it comes across. The chorus/refrain is sort of interesting but then the Super Mario bass riff brings all the pains back. Light 2
    Moonlight is actually very cool. 8
    Statues was and still is my least favorite song on the album. It's everything wrong with the rest of the songs here. BORING! 2
    All I C Is U & Me is just OK. I'll give it a 5
    NVR 4EVR (despite the title) is actually quite enjoyable. It suffers from the same faults that most other songs here do, but it doesn't completely fall on its face. 7
    And FINALLY my favorite song Holy Books. It really does this new heavier style justice. 9

    So overall very mixed bag. Disappointed but I hope to see what they have in store for the future.
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