REFUSED - The EP Compilation
One Review!!! One Freaking Review?!? This album is a prequel to one of the greatest albums ever made `The Shape of Punk to Come'. As the name implies it is various EP's first 4 tracks are off the `New Noise Theology' EP, tracks 10-17 are from the `Nut' EP, and tracks 5-9 I'm honestly not really sure about.
Now Refused, for those who do not know, are and aggressive politically driven band from Sweden... As far as their music goes it is aggressive punk / hardcore hybrid. (Their last Album `The Shape of Punk to Come' - was all this and oh so much more...) Now I'm not a guy who generally likes Punk/Hardcore music... (with the exception of Snapcase.... They kick some ass too) But Refused just `clicked' with me... the same way other great bands like `Opeth' and `Tool' have.
I think for Refuse it was there passion, their aggression and their message... All of those 3 things combined really just made Refused one of my favorite bands of all time. As a lyricist Dennis was a pure genius... denouncing most of our Societies traditions with pure lyrical anarchy. Tracks like: Rather be Dead, Burn it, Lick it Clean, Symbols and The Real are pretty much asking us to question what we've been taught and revolt against Societies Rules and Stereotypes.
Anarchy seemed like such a childish idea when so many crappy, 3-chord, spike wearing, drunken punk bands tried to embrace it... Yet Refused gave it a whole new sense of intelligence and appreciation.
Please don't overlook this album, the `Songs to Flame the Fan of Discontent' and especially `The Shape of Punk to Come'.
Refused is a true gem in the commercial world that has become Punk-Rock.
Favorite Tracks: Sunflower Princess, Burn it, Rather be Dead, and Everlasting
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