Top positive review
on June 5, 2004
I consider this Fugazi's best, but then again what they've done in the past few albums is quite different. Today they've got going a more melodic, softer art-rock thing. Don't get me wrong, I do hold their latest works in very high esteem, they're just very different. With this album it's all about unbelievablu intense rhythms. Not simply fast tempo. But a lock-step between the bass and drums that could best be described as junglelike, seen at it's best on the title track. I heard it for the first time 11 years ago, and to this day the song 'Repeater' has got to be just about the sickest, most primal sounding thing I've ever heard. I can see some connections with the emo world in this release, the only thing is emo tends to be looked at as an emasculated form of music. This is anything but. Joe's voice does almost coin that style of singing, but in such a way that when everyone else sounds whiny, he projects power.
The first EPs showed the promise of this band to release a work like Repeater. IMO, the next release 'Steady Diet' was their low point, their most meandering and lacked focus in the songwriting - I'd call it their most blatantly emo. Killtaker captured some of the greatness of this disc (Smallpox Champion is my favorite Fugazi tune) and then they gravitated toward the current sound.
This band is also fantastic live... I wonder if they still work with every promotor to get it down to $5 at the door? You gotta account for inflation eventually.