When you think of fast thrashy skate punk, I’m going to guess Sweden isn’t probably the first place that comes to mind, but after listening to DS-13 (short for Demon System 13) that might change. These Umeå, Sweden punks certainly do their home country justice with their release of Thrash and Burn.
Thrash and Burn is a quick listen with 10 songs finishing in a mere 7 minutes, but with their scathing, adrenaline junkie fueled punk rock, anything more would probably result in an overdose.
With their English tongue in cheek lyrics, DS-13 provides a ripping commentary on everything from racists (“Shoot the racists!”) to all the tough guy hardcore bands signed to Victory Records (“Pathetic wankers/Think they’re hard/Macho insecurity/Got no place here”).
If you dig fast aggressive hardcore that’s all go no slow, you can’t go wrong with Thrash and Burn. Fans of Bones Brigade and Cut The Shit will find refuge here.
DS-13 – Straights And Drunks
More punk rock for your thrashin’ heart:
Cut The Shit – Marked For Life
Bones Brigade – Endless Bummer
LxExAxRxN – First Lesson
Out Of Print.
Sweden’s Refused have been blowing up all sorts of headlines this year with the announcement of a reunion and playing a few shows. I never realized they had so many fans, and it seems like the majority of people I talked to dig their groundbreaking The Shape Of Punk To Come as their favorite album. Confession time: I don’t really like The Shape Of Punk To Come. Maybe I need to give it another chance, but I’ll take their 2nd album Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent over it any day.
SFFD was released back in 1996, and is much harder and heavier than Shape. On SFFD Refused were just toying with the experimental song formations and patterns that eventually made them famous. Even with this experimentation, SFFD is clearly a hardcore album, as proven with fast ripping songs such as “Life Support Addiction” or “The Slayer”. Songs such as “Hook, Line, And Sinker” and “Crusader of Hopelessness” manage to stay heavy while slowing things down a bit, making for a much sludgier hardcore sound.
Whether you like their later work or not, Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent is a solid hardcore album that any punk fan should check out.
Refused – The Slayer
Scenester 101: How To Be Hardcore
Paint It Black – Amnesia
Black Flag – Damaged