man… this album is so damn invigorating, its like sticking your head out of a window into the coldest most refreshing breeze ever.
Its really hard to believe this album came out in ‘98 but even more staggering are the ammount of people who have never heard it, but listen to the bands refused had influenced.
This is just pure fist raising danceable absolutely furious hardcore, but there are alot of surprisingly moving moments that arent bent on ripping your head off. When dennis sings ” I got a bone to pick with capitalism, and a few to break!” (and his accent only further adds to the enjoyment factor for me…for some reason or other) you just have to scream along. This album is political yeah… but the politics are more from a personal standpoint, speaking of how things such as arrogant dictators, or corporate smothering, and droning thankless full time jobs affect ones life and desires.
I couldnt say enough good things about this record, even the ugly parts make the whole thing so engaging… they are not the most mind bendingly technical musicians, but these kids could play, but alot of the really complex stuff is kind of subtle. the songwriting on this album is so unconventional and refreshing, and completely satisfying, which proves that you really dont have to care about what meshes well together, but emphasise on instinct.
This is one of the rawest and most beautiful moving albums I’ve ever heard, and its damn catchy at parts too… just buy it. it will grow on you. It makes me want to sabotage a corrupt precinct or something. this is everything you love about rock music… just buy it or steal it or whatever, youd be missing out if you didnt.