"Liminal" (Pure Noise Records; 2024)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Belmont's "Liminal" is a pop-punk record with stellar (sometimes explosive) production, bouncing guitars and drums, and vocals that range from clean to occasional growls (sometimes at the same time). It's an album that demands your attention—I can't imagine trying to work or even drive with this stuff playing in the background (there's a lot going on)—but that's okay. If this is your sort of thing. Fans of The Offspring, Blink-182 and Green Day may find lots to like here; others may think it's just a little too much of the same.

But, as they say on "Seinfeld," there's nothing wrong with that, either way. If this genre is up your alley, then "Liminal," will be to your liking. If it ain't, it won't be. That simple. Me? I can take it or leave it. There are many shiny moments here, parts that make you sit up and pay closer attention, but there are other moments that are a little dull as well. Even when they are, however, you can't deny the band's energy.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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