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2010 release from the American Rock/Hip Hopsters. Survival Story is a vision of hope for a world facing its limits. While others revel in the dystopian, the Flobots remain committed to their ability to rise together. Navigating the coming years will require new tools. It will require narratives that cause us to reexamine our priorities, redefine wealth, and re-inspire ourselves. It will require that we come together in the face of death and write the story of our own survival. Paying it back, paying it forward. Lead single. 'White Flag Warriors', is a breath of fresh air against the backdrop of jingoistic, ole glory waving war. The band is courageous enough to wave the white flag, not for the sake of surrender, but for the idea of unarmed negotiations.
Alternative Press - "'Cracks In The Surface' sounds like it could have been a throwaway from CHECK YOUR HEAD. The song also houses one of the best vocal performances from Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit, the group's MCs."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.52) - "The violins and intermittent female vocals that pepper the band's album remain the band's own touch..."
Recording information: Blasting Room Studios, Ft. Collins, CO.
For their sophomore album, Survival Story, Flobots turned up their amps to show off their range and their Rage Against the Machine and Tool influences, which made them sound more like Linkin Park or P.O.D. With metal infused in their hip-hop and greater symphonic dissonance in their music, courtesy of violist Mackenzie Roberts and trumpet player Joe Ferrone, MCs Jonny 5 (no relation to Marilyn Manson's guitarist) and Brer Rabbit add depth to their flow, as they continually push positivity and political awareness. "Defend Atlantis" predicts the upcoming apocalypse due to a declining economy and environment, while Rise Against's Tim McIlrath passionately exclaims "We'd rather make our children martyrs than murderers" in the antiwar anthem "White Flag Warrior." ~ Jason Lymangrover
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