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Album Review

Regardless of whether or not the state of the world would had improved since their 2000 record, it's almost certain that Propagandhi would have found something to rally against for their fourth studio album. But the mid-2000s were very far from perfect, and with all of the era's questionable politics and injustices, it's no wonder Potemkin City Limits finds Propagandhi as outraged as ever. Even the album title makes a statement, as politically a Potemkin village generally alludes to a false construct that hides an unattractive situation. References like this start with the title, continue into provocative quotes and commentary in the liner notes, and then absolutely overwhelm the lyrics. So unless you simply enjoy the sheer passion behind the band's delivery, you better be up to speed on turn of the millennium politics to really understand the fuel of each song. (Don't worry, though, the guys thoughtfully include a plethora of reading material inside to help you along.) And though Propagandhi's past humor seems to be completely gone and replaced with raw anger and bitterness, the band still has plenty to say. Nothing is safe from their outrage, from military recruitment ("America's Army (Die Jugend Marschiert)") to hypocritical musicians ("Rock for Sustainable Capitalism") to war profiteers finally being held responsible for their actions ("Iteration"). Sentiments concerning the war in Iraq can be heard on "Name and Address Withheld" and "Fedallah's Horse," while a cold war between the U.S. and Canada is hypothesized in the lead track, "A Speculative Fiction." The frustration and disillusionment that seemed to be settling in throughout their last effort, Today's Empire, Tomorrow's Ashes, develops further within the angry constructs of Potemkin City Limits. Their message, however, comes across as no less focused or urgent because of it. On the contrary, the songs seem all the more pressing as performed with the weary energy of a defiant band fighting the good fight for almost two decades. Do the band a favor — read up on world events and take a stand. Propagandhi can't continue carrying the banner alone forever.

Customer Reviews

Potomkin City Limits

all i can say is wow ! this is one album you dont want to miss. great vocals and huge amounts of energy. i cant exactly say that i like a certain song, because the whole album is so good. but if i must. "Fedallahs hearse" full of energy ! "Iteration" this song couldnt be more dead on, especially times like right now." Die Jugend Marshiert" id say the best song on the album, the instruments are amazing, and the vocals just bring them up to a whole new level. dont miss this album, buy it, worth more than its sticker price!

It's good

I remember when I couldn't find any of their music on here. It's good they have the albums up now. Buy it, its good angry politipunk, without the whiny tone of alot of the junk out there.

Best Album

Potemkin City Limits often gets a mixed reaction among fans. The band has moved more into the progressive thrash genre (a genre that they've pretty much created) on this album and their are slower paced songs. Overall, this album may stick out like a sore thumb due to its extremely unorthodox sound, but there are moments on here where the listener feels a strong feeling of excitement and a sense of "that was pure genius." The lyrics are more indirect, but they are still very political (a major theme revoliving around the Middle East conflicts and the newfound sense of nationalism in America.) The album flows well, and Todd, who yelled and growled on his debut back in 2001, gives a more melodic approach, since most of the songs he sings on are slower paced. To me, this album is the perfect point between punk/hardcore and metal. To any punk fans who highly enjoyed metal, or vice versa, or anyone who likes punk or a distinctive punk sound, listen to this album.


Formed: 1986 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As one of Fat Wreck Chords' very first bands, Propagandhi have long been going against the grain of not just society, but even their own record label. Initiated by Chris Hannah and Jordy Samolesky, the band of radicals from Winnipeg, Canada, got together in 1989 and eventually played a show with NOFX. After talking with Fat Mike and realizing they shared the same D.I.Y. attitude, the band agreed to join his fledgling label. Ideally, the band would have loved to skirt the entire capitalist process...
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