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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come LP

What is it?
Number 13 on Kerrang's all-time most influential list of albums, the Shape of Punk to Come shows Swedish hardcore merchants Refused in blistering form.

Why should you listen?
It's undoubtedly a quality LP but manages to fall short of an absolute classic for some reason that's hard to define. It sounds very current in a hardcore, semi-screamo kind of way and you can hear the influence in many of the current crop of Kerrang friendly hardcore bands. Having said that it's an odd, disjointed mix of styles and arrangements ranging from the screamo tonsils of 'Liberation Frequency', the gentle acoustics of 'The Apollo Programme...' and the electronic tinged 'New Noise'. It's nothing if not interesting in it's combination of choppy guitar/power chords and shoutyesque politically aware lyrics. Give it a listen, it will probably be a surprise one way or the other.

What's it like?
It's like a Swedish Red Wedge on steroids.

What's the best song?
I prefer 'New Noise' if only for the little 'woooo' noise the singer makes after a couple of big riffs.

Who does it sound like?
Watch half an hour of Kerrang TV and it sounds like everything you've just watched, but in a good way, (not a Blink 182 way).

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