OKC's American Hate give us eleven new tracks on Our Love Is Real, which I'd call a huge step up from previous recorded works. It's readily apparent that American Hate has upped their game in every respect on this LP - from the songwriting to the production to the packaging, this really feels like an album. The band operates in a crunchy, deliberate midtempo punk stomp, washed over with heavy guitars and guttural vocals that really cling to the top of the mix. There's a dense, pop feel hiding all throughout this LP, decidedly roaring its head in "Lament", which is probably the most eclectic composition across the album. I believe American Hate shares members with Cherry Death, which hints at some of the production moves and tuneful writing that pops up across the record. And while there's nothing groundbreaking about this record, musically, the full package is what really puts American Hate a notch above the rest. Packaged with a photocopied zine-style lyric booklet, mastered by Mikey Young for maximum effect. Not Normal.