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Fuel for the Hate Game

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Album Review

The second, and arguably best release from Gainsville's Hot Water Music, is this driving LP that opens with five of the best tracks the band has ever recorded. Swinging, complicated basslines and the throaty vocal screams of singers Chuck Ragan and Chris Wollard punctuate pummeling tracks like the opening "220 Years" and the fantastic "Trademark." The crunching dual guitars never let up, and the drumming is strikingly hard and original, only adding to the overall power of the record. Fuel for the Hate Game is raw and unrelenting, but it is also a refreshing release of energy, and an infectious one at that. This is the record that saw the band rise to the top of the hardcore/punk scene, and, years after its release, it is still as deserving of credit as it ever was. The tail end of the album starts to drag off a bit, a slight move downhill that some might say continued on ever since this record, but it doesn't take away from the unyielding rock that makes up the majority of the 11 tracks included. Many have copied but none have really achieved the urgency and integrity of this record, making Fuel for the Hate Game a truly standout recording. ~ Peter J. D'Angelo, Rovi

Customer Reviews

This album gets me goin

I love this cd. the dual guitars and constant catchy bass fills flow great with Chuck's and Chris's almost raw voices. Favorite songs on this are definately Turnstile and Freightliner. I love the change of pace and both yelling lyrics in the chorus. In 220 Years, the guitar outro is great. As well as the bass in the background, rambling along. I cant get enough of this cd, a real shame the band's done.

This is pure HWM

Along with never ender, forever and counting, and moonpies for misfits, this is a definate to buy and listen to over and over. I found the "sleeping fan" (track 6) over the internet 5 years ago and i could not ever stop listening to Hot Water Music since. Chris and Chuck's driving duel vocals are what adds to this aggresive yet emotative raw music. I think that everybody should try this out.

pretty damn good

i heard this song on tony hawk's pro skater 3 and it was SWEET!


Formed: 1994 in Gainesville, FL

Genre: Alternative

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

The Gainesville, Florida-based post-hardcore quartet Hot Water Music were formed in 1994 by bassist Jason Black, drummer George Rebelo, and singer/guitarists Chuck Ragan and Chris Wollard. Debuting in 1995 with the 7" "Eating the Filler," they soon returned with the EP Push for Coin, rounding out the year with the release of their first full-length effort, Finding the Rhythms, on No Idea. Fuel for the Hate Game followed in 1996, but in the wake of their third album, Forever and Counting, Hot Water...
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