Dante Nahai/Staff Writer
Pop punk band New Found Glory released their 10th studio album, “Forever + Ever x Infinity.”
This would be their first album release since their 2019 cover album, “From The Screen To Your Stereo 3.”
Back when “Forever + Ever x Infinity” was announced in February 2020, fans anxiously awaited for the June 19th release.
New Found Glory, or NFG for short, have been maintaining the same quality of music since their first album release back in 1999. They are based in Coral Springs, Florida.
For a genre that isn’t as popular as it once was, NFG still stays true to it by making their new album feel like the listener is still living in the golden age of pop rock.
Many of the 15 songs on the album come in hard and heavy with Chad Gilbert’s guitar riffs. Each guitar chord fuses with Cyrus Bolooki’s fast temper drum beats and Ian Grushka’s bass. The two collide and are complete with the vocals from the lead singer, Jordan Pundik.
Like a kick in the head, the songs grab you for a ride, only slowing down at the end of it just to pick you back up and lead you down another. The adrenaline rush of each song literally feels like it’s one headbanger after another.
Many of the songs have that pop punk theme of being with a girl and realizing how fast life goes by. The melody shows that teenage angst never truly leaves us.
Before the album’s release, NFG gave fans a taste of the upcoming album with their single “Himalaya.” The song encompasses what the whole album would sound like.
There are a few songs that give the listener a break. The more chill and mellow “More and More” comes in halfway through the album. The song feels personal, like Pundik wanted to have a one-on-one with the listener.
One of my favorite songs is “Scarier Than Jason Voorhees At a Campfire.” It’s a mouth full to say, but the song has a cute idea to it. The song is another falling in love story- how love is much scarier than watching cheesy horror flicks, and it will always come back to haunt you.
The album closes out on its longest song, “Slipping Away.” It’s another slow paced song that brings the album back to its feet. It speaks on the experience of losing someone close to you and not being able to make them stay.
The song also feels like it’s a message to NFG’s fans to thank them for supporting their music and getting them where they are today.
NFG made a roller coaster of an album, taking you for a ride with some ups, downs and an occasional loop-de-loop until it slows down to a halt.
Hearing their album makes me wonder when the next time fans will be able to see them in concert to headbang right along with them.