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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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Blown Away

Although I completely and utterly loathe any kind pop/skate punk music and I find that the bands that produce that kind of music completely generic and most of the time don't even know what the word anarchy means and what punk was founded on I really found this album one of a kind. The singer's got a great punk voice that is completely unique, sounding almost like a high-pitched screamo. I wouldn't buy the entire album, some of the songs sound a lot alike, but I would buy New Noise, The Refused Party Program, Protest Song '68 (best song off of the album), and The Apollo Programme Was A Hoax. But if you are looking for a good bargain, just buy the whole album, you'll save money and almost every song is really well done.


Quite simply this is a must own for any fan of punk/hardcore. Not every track is perfect on its own but everything fits within the conceptual scope of the album. New Noise is a true classic, The Shape of Punk to Come and Summerholidays vs Punkroutine are great. The final track The Apollo Programme Was a Hoax is hauntingly beautiful. To truly experience the message of the album it should be listened to straight through.


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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