The Divided – World You’re Living In
Contra Records / Hostage Records
Reunited after 18 or so years, Noah Lysek, Pat Hall and the mighty Raybo formed a new Californian powerhouse named The Divided! Reinforced with Brian Celi (ex-Bonecrusher) and Richard Zaydel (ex-The Bindles), the three – all part of Bonecrusher’s heydays with releases like the life-changing “Working For Nothing...” and follow-up album “Followers Of A Brutal Calling” – released a brand new LP entitled “World You’re Living In”!
Released by Contra Records in Europe and Hostage Records in the US, it’s fair to say that these O.C. veterans released a sublime debut from start to finish! Reminding me of the aforementioned heydays, “World You’re Living In” was recorded in a single day and it shows – in a positive way! It’s highly energetic, explosive and it has that raw, unpolished edge – while sounding extremely boisterous and ultra-melodic at the same time! Massive!
With ten tracks total this rollercoaster ride of savage punk is over far too soon! Luckily “World You’re Living In” is highly addictive and you’ll find yourself flipping this record over and over again. Before you know it you’ll be singing along – not just to the choruses, but with your best Raybo-impression you’ll be singing along to the full songs – though you will obviously never sound as angry and aggressive as the maestro himself, what a brute!
Besides the graphical difference between the European and American version of this record, the more notable difference is the difference in the tracklist. Because where track eight and nine on Contra Records’ version are “No Hope” and “Madness”, track eight and nine on Hostage Records’ version are “Until The End” and “Let’s Get It On” – forcing you to get at least one of each. 100% worth it though, because with tracks like “Hitman Blues”, “In My Eyes”, “World You’re Living In”, “Voodoo Doll”, “Suicide”, “For Your Sins” and “Suffer” this record is absolutely phenomenal! Must-have!