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  • Summary: This is the third full-length studio release for the Los Angeles punk band led by Keith Morris.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Apr 4, 2014
    90
    Wasted Years features another 16 blasters to add to your ‘essential punk’ playlist.
  2. Apr 4, 2014
    80
    It's a surprisingly varied record, the mood darkening towards the close, the band ever occasionally busting their habitual one-minute barrier. [May 2014, p.78]
  3. Apr 23, 2014
    80
    Chaotic and raw, it exemplifies the best of US punk rock. [May 2014, p.116]
  4. 70
    This is no-frills, passionate hardcore with a purpose. [May 2014, p.93]
  5. Apr 8, 2014
    70
    The band managed to keep the self-recorded Wasted Years crisp and orderly without editing any of the performances.
  6. Apr 8, 2014
    62
    Despite its scattered high points, though, it's hard not to think of Wasted Years as little more than the third most exciting OFF! record.
  7. Apr 7, 2014
    40
    There are basically no odd turns here, no tangents into unexpected territory and certainly nothing at will make you spin your head round for a second glimpse. That being said, it fulfils its remit with consummate ease and you'd be hard pressed to say it's unenjoyable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 2, 2014
    8
    Going surprisingly longer (a whole 6 minutes longer) than their last two efforts, OFF!'s newest album slides into some interesting sludge metal territory while still relying on the fast speeds employed in their work that make the band who they are today.. Ultimately it's another great album from a great band. Expand
  2. Apr 23, 2014
    7
    In terms of hardcore punk revivalism, this album does a pretty good job of capturing that tone, and will probably be the best album of the genre this year. OFF really stays in there comfort zone here and i cant complain. The album sounds pretty freaking good, but i'm not absolutely amazed. Expand