Of all the words used to describe Western Addiction, positive feels the least fitting. After all, the San Francisco quintet plays decidedly aggressive West Coast hardcore topped by the scratchy yowl of vocalist Jason Hall. But positive appropriately describes the content of the groups third full-length. Yes, its called Frail Bray, and yes, song titles include "Utter Despair" and "Deranged by Grief."
But the actual theme of the album more-so resembles hope and rejuvenation. Make no mistake: Western Addiction hasnt gone sunshine and rainbows. Frail Bray remains as aggressive as its predecessors.