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The Shape of Punk to Come

Refused

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Album Review

Many who listen to this album will say "Hey, this isn't punk" after not finding the power chords and I-IV-V structures that they associate with poppy skatepunk bands like NOFX and Lagwagon, but this is what revolution is all about — taking an industry of specifications and expectations and turning it fully on its head, yet holding on to some semblance of what once was. Refused are pure innovation and passion spouting Nation of Ulysses-esque doctrine while fusing together the bite and flavor of fist-raised, Dillinger Escape Plan-style hardcore with ambient textures, jazz breakdowns, and other such deviations. Choppy, beautiful movements, choked thoughts, and feelings of elevation — this is what punk is all about, although to the common ear it may not sound like it, and that is precisely one of the reasons why it is so potent. [In 2010, Epitaph reissued a Deluxe Version of The Shape of Punk to Come in a three-disc set, complete with a bonus live CD and a DVD documentary.]

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Do you even need an opinion on this band

In the wake of our existance, in our parades, and in our dances. Touch and be touched and behold the wisdom of the party program

Absolutely amazing.

I am surprised no one has boughten the whole album only song by son and also no one has written a review. This is 100% original, the album gives punk a whole new meaning and also shaped to what is now known as "screamo". Get it you wont regret it. New Noise... absolute masterpiece.

ahead of it's time

"The Shape of Punk to Come" transformed punk rock music the same way The Clash's "London Calling" changed the genre' in the late 1970's. After the release of "London Calling", bands where copying it's sound for decades. It is impossible to argue that this record has not had the same effect. As of July 2009, bands are still trying to recreate this album. This is the last great punk rock album. Often imitated but never immolated, this is record that should be enjoyed by all fans of music.

Biography

Formed: 1991 in Sweden

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

The influential Swedish hardcore band Refused was formed in 1991 by vocalist Dennis Lyxzén, guitarists Jon Brännström and Kristofer Steen, bassist Magnus Höggren, and drummer David Sandström. Debuting in 1993 with the EP This Is the New Deal, the group issued the full-length This Just Might Be...the Truth later that same year. The Everlasting EP followed in 1994, and in 1995 Refused returned with another EP, Refused Loves Randy. After 1996's Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent, they issued the...
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