Suicidal Tendencies has never been a serious metal band. Keep in mind this is the group who wrote “Send Me Your Money” and “Institutionalized”. The emotional range of every one of thier CD’s is diverse and enjoyable. Sure Cyco Miko cusses up a storm, and it’s hilariously well done! His vocals are slithering, insane and just plain silly all at once. The music here is buzzsaw metal, prime 90’s thrash with plenty of great guitar solos, thumping bass grooves and memorable riffs. Members who played on this realease have gone on to do big things. Brooks Wackerman(drums) is in Bad Religion now and Rob Trujillo(bass) has played with Ozzy, Jerry Cantrell and is now in Metallica. Don’t pretend you’re above this. If you’re an ST fan of any calibur, you’d have to agree this has more piss and punches than releases by Cyco Miko or Infectious Grooves around the same time. And it beats the hell outta “Freedumb”’s tamed down punk rock. Lots of memorable songs here. I can honestly I enjoy every last one of them. The manic attack of it keeps things interesting, wether you’re a pissed of 16 year old or a nostalgic 30 year old.Overall, I think it’s more worth it to shell out money for thier greatest hits CD. Or just start from the beginning and work your way up. But regardless… A great agressive intro to S.T. Prime musicianship, and a great show of range from the incomparable Mike Muir.
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Yeah, i can totally agree with almost every comment made about Suicidal For Life; the vibe of the album is a little off. I definitely would NOT go as far as to say that the band released a sub-standard record willingly. I mean, their previous album was waaaaay over-produced and commercial-leaning — S4L sounds like a reaction to that. Also, the recognition Mike Muir and the guys were (over)due was not exactly flowing forth at this point, so again, we’re left with some ticked-off dudes behind this record. It’s almost like they didn’t want a successful record that Epic Records could profit from — I think Warrior Soul had a similar problem with DGC on their record Chill Pill.
And furthermore, I seem to remember very little promotion, video rotation, etc., for S4L, which leads me to believe that Epic leaned on them to get a record ready, get it out, get it over with, get ST off the label — after all, Art Of Rebellion was a big investment for Epic, and it didn’t blow up. It’s stupid that ST/Epic went that route at all, since the album before AOR (fitting initials), Lights…Camera…Revolution! did really well. There was no reason to soften up and bring in Peter Collins to give them a radio-friendly sound. So suffice it to say, ST got the crap-end of the stick all around. So did the fans. Too bad. They had everything you could want in a band and you can hear them in a lot of the bands that are raking in money today. If you’re not now, you never were.
This cd plays like Mikes therapy session on a truch load of valumes.low energy,massive amounts of twisted thoughts and no real signs the ST of a few years before.I found this cd weak and lacking.Lackluster in musical proformance and lyrics are overpowering depessed thoughts and mumbleings.I think this was rushed and not well thought out.I don’t like giving this bad review but I think it earned it.
This Cd is soo good that i am buying it a second time. First one was stolen about 3 months ago and i find myself needing to hear it. If you need a pick me up type of bang your head, get the anger out music this is it. Awesome bass line after bass line. The whole cd just jams.MF
This is more like 4.5 stars, This CD probably gives me the strangest vibe out of all the ST albums, for some reason it always feels out of place compared to the others, I don’t know why either, sometimes I totally dig it and other times it doesn’t really click with me, I don’t know its weird like that.
The Music however is 100% right on, the production is REALLY good, its clear, and heavy as a mofo. This album has some of ST’s best riffs on it, every song has great music, just crank it up and it gets you going, The band was definetly on top of their game on this one. just listen to songs like “I wouldn’t mind” and “No F…’n Problem”, “Love vs. Loneliness”, and especially “What Else Could I Do?” which is my favorite track on the CD and on of my Favorite ST songs. I can’t express how much I love the music on this album.
Like I said the production is REALLY good.
Theres something about some of the songs that just don’t vibe though, they all have cool parts, there is not one BAD song on here, but songs like “No Bulls..t”, “Suicyco Muthafu..a”, and “What you Need’s a Friend”, get kind of repetetive, but they have cool elements to them, just the song as a whole is not that great. Vocally, it’s really good, lyrically its about Half n half, some of Mike’s work is brilliant, some of it is not his best.
Overall, I would recommend this to ANY fan of ST, it is a great album its just got a different feel to it, but most ST albums have different feels to them, I would not recommend this as a first album though, start off with “Lights, Camera, Revoloution”, or “How will I Laugh Tommorrw”.