Die Young Never Stray From Their Chosen Path
Thankfully, it ends strongly with "Return to Earth." The final notes of 'Rite of Passage" lead into a nice, cleansing silence that erodes into the finale. Of all the songs that appear on Chosen Path, "Return to Earth" feels the most like an example of positive growth for Die Young and a sign of hopeful things to come. All the explosive rage that fuels the record sands off the edges, making the last song a sharper, more accurate weapon.
"So much I can't explain -- like the madness of man." sings Albaugh. "Perhaps we're born just to suffer in vain, but I'll do what I can to make my peace and transcend." Die Young is still hard as hell. They couldn't be anything else and still be themselves, but after a long rest it's clear the band choosing a new path to walk from under the shadow of former problems.
Die Young performs Saturday, April 19 at Walters with Vulgar Display, Snakeway, Walk The Graves, United Races, Blunt, and Badrat. The concert is to benefit Pets for Vets, which trains shelter dogs to aid veterans with post traumatic stress disorder. Chosen Path is available on the band's Bandcamp page for $5.