On the Impossible Past

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

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  • Summary: The third full-length release from the punk rock band from Pennsylvania is its first on Epitaph Records.
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I've having a horrible time Pulling myself together I've been closing my eyes to find The old, familiar failures I've been having a horrible... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Kerrang!
    Mar 12, 2012
    100
    On the evidence of their third full-length, this Scranton four-piece posses not one, but two examples [of good lyricists]. [19 Feb 2012, p.50]
  2. This is something that has no expiration date.
  3. Alternative Press
    Feb 15, 2012
    90
    On the Impossible Past is an inspiring exploration of life as it should be--but rarely is--lived. [Mar 2012, p.98]
  4. Feb 29, 2012
    90
    It might only be February, but you wouldn't look foolish calling this one of the albums of the year.
  5. Feb 17, 2012
    80
    They have managed to create an almost flawless punk album.
  6. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    On the Impossible Past is an impeccably crafted melodic hardcore record by a group ready for it's close-up.
  7. Feb 21, 2012
    70
    What results is another quality release that cannot help but make music fans excited for what this gifted outfit are to bestow upon us on their next offering.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Mar 5, 2012
    10
    Punk music as it should be. Great tunes one has a feeling know for always. And texts telling important stories. Inspirations heard everywhere,Punk music as it should be. Great tunes one has a feeling know for always. And texts telling important stories. Inspirations heard everywhere, the most obvious being The Clash, Talking Heads and Nirvana. Smashing Expand
  2. Aug 3, 2013
    10
    Fantastic punk-rock all around. Lyrically, it's outstanding, but the vocals drive it home and the instrumentation keeps it there. The rest ofFantastic punk-rock all around. Lyrically, it's outstanding, but the vocals drive it home and the instrumentation keeps it there. The rest of this is padding. Expand
  3. peo
    Apr 9, 2017
    10
    A **** masterpiece from the begining to the end.
    The songwriting of tom and greg is simply magical , the lyrics ,the energy of the guitars
    A **** masterpiece from the begining to the end.
    The songwriting of tom and greg is simply magical , the lyrics ,the energy of the guitars and the drums , the screams ....
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  4. Mar 2, 2012
    9
    Been listening to album for last 10 days. Grows more on me with each go. Very well crafted punk album with a number of serious hooks. BestBeen listening to album for last 10 days. Grows more on me with each go. Very well crafted punk album with a number of serious hooks. Best album I've heard since Nothington's last offering. Expand
  5. Aug 26, 2012
    9
    I've always known about this band but finally gave them a proper listen just a few days ago. That being said, it's in my top 3 favorite albumsI've always known about this band but finally gave them a proper listen just a few days ago. That being said, it's in my top 3 favorite albums this year. I've listened to it about 5 times already and it's not leaving my stereo anytime soon. It captured my attention the first time I listened to it, and for me that's rare. Takes me at least two or three spins to fully appreciate an album. The Menzingers are a fantastic punk band that should get more attention than they already have now. The lyrics are very well thought out and meaningful. This isn't your typical punk band that's very snappy and to the point, no. It's a punk band that incorporate deep lyrics and passion behind the words. It sounds like The Gaslight Anthem if Brian Fallon yelled a lot. Other than that, they're both very similar sounding. "Obituaries" is the standout track for me. All In All, On The Impossible Past is an incredible record. A- Expand
  6. May 18, 2012
    7
    These guys owe a serious debt to the likes of Blink 182 and Greenday. To be honest their sound is basiscally a less produced version of BlinkThese guys owe a serious debt to the likes of Blink 182 and Greenday. To be honest their sound is basiscally a less produced version of Blink 182. While the songs aren't bad (some of them are quite good in fact), they really lack originality. There's not much on show to set them apart from the rest of the Generic American Punk Rock bands out there. Expand
  7. Feb 21, 2012
    2
    Lyrics are somewhat interesting, but from a musical standpoint the album is contrived and boring, rather generic. Only one track on the albumLyrics are somewhat interesting, but from a musical standpoint the album is contrived and boring, rather generic. Only one track on the album stands out but even it has a ugly and disgusting feel to it . Expand

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