Released on July 14, 2006
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Merge Left’s debut full-length CD, Divided Nation, blends influences from bands such as Anti-Flag, Rise Against, and the Bouncing Souls into a remarkably catchy sound that will attract fans of these bands as well as anyone with an appreciation for tuneful, enthusiastic, and energetic political punk rock. The title track kicks off the CD, starting with some ominous guitar riffs before quickly dropping into a mosh-driving rage at the current state of the nation. “Millennium Challenge” follows, a call to progressive action framed by a rebel yell-inducing intro and a machine gun finish. Throughout the remaining 11 tracks, the band continues the blistering pace, raging politics, and insanely melodic song-craft that is Merge Left. Turn it up loud; no, louder; roll down the windows, sing along. Raw, intense, thought-provoking—Merge Left delivers a riotous celebration of youthful enthusiasm and idealism in an aural package full of energy and rage: Divided Nation.