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Refused - The Shape OfPunk To Come (DeluxeEdition)

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“Can I Scream?”

The question posed by Refused front man Dennis Lyxzen at the beginning of the track New Noise, is pretty much the tag line of a generation. Refused’s final album, released in 1998 and fully titled The Shape Of Punk To Come: A Chimerical Bombination In 12 Bursts, was as influential and genre defining to punk and hardcore as Nirvana’s Nevermind was to grunge.

The title of the record, intended as a reference to The Shape Of Jazz To Come by saxophone player Ornette Coleman, ironically became more accurate than the band could have ever predicated. The record has now been re-released in a deluxe package that includes a live album and the previously released documentary Refused Are Fucking Dead.

The record was originally released at a time when nu-metal was slowly fading away, sparking a change in the musical climate and paving the way for the screamo/post-harcore wave. The music is chaotic and raw and contains several different influences including jazz and electronica which are infused with political interludes and Lyxzen’s wild screams.

Although critically acclaimed the record was not a commercial success, despite its solid underground following, which eventually led to the band’s break up shortly after its release.

The break up is thoroughly documented in the accompanying film Refused Are Fucking Dead, named after one of the songs from The Shape Of Punk To Come. The film follows the band through the final year of their career during which they toured America, playing small shows in bars and basements.

The documentary is an honest portrayal of the pressures, both financially and emotionally, on the individual band members and climaxes with Refused’s final show, in a friend’s basement, which was shut down by the local police, all of which is captured on camera. Directed by guitarist, Kristofer Steen, the disc also includes live versions of all of the songs from Shape Of Punk plus music videos for New Noise and Rather Be Dead.

The final disc contains a live performance recorded in the band’s hometown Umea, Sweden on April 3rd 1998, which proves that the power of the band is amplified in a live setting as they blaze through a set composed mainly of songs from Shape Of Punk as well as some older tracks from previous releases.

Refused may be fucking dead, but The Shape Of Punk To Come will live on as one of the most important and influential albums of all time.

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MilkySheep

MilkySheep said on the 2nd Jul, 2010

Certainly is one of the greats and the re-issue is classy!

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 2nd Jul, 2010

This album is just so ridiculously good, makes so many decent bands look foolish.

sugarcoatedsour

sugarcoatedsour said on the 2nd Jul, 2010

spot on guys! absolutely amazing album on so many levels.

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 2nd Jul, 2010

I meant to check this album out years ago when I was first getting into "punk" but decided against it once I learnt it was classified as hardcore.

These days it sounds like just the sort of thing I'd be into so this reissue seems like the perfect excuse to get into them.

Eric the Black

Eric the Black said on the 2nd Jul, 2010

I heard some of the album when it originally came out and loved it. Somehow I never got a hold of it. I have seen the reissue in shops a few times but had other priorities.It is very high on my purchase list.

The Fool

The Fool said on the 2nd Jul, 2010

as much as i appreciate refused i can't help but think that t(i)nc are just a smidgen better (different genres i know bla bla)

BTIazza

BTIazza said on the 4th Jul, 2010

I meant to check this album out years ago when I was first getting into "punk" but decided against it once I learnt it was classified as hardcore.

These days it sounds like just the sort of thing I'd be into so this reissue seems like the perfect excuse to get into them.

Hardcore has been around a lot longer than scene kids will lead you to believe.

batdan

batdan said on the 5th Jul, 2010

why would you decide not check out an album because it was "classified" to a certian genre? good music is good music no matter what someone decides to label it.

BTIazza

BTIazza said on the 5th Jul, 2010



True dat.

Regardless. One of my all time favourite albums. Start to finish:
The say the classics never die...

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 5th Jul, 2010

It may sound silly now but for a kid who was justing finding his musical feet,one who'd only just heard the Sex Pistols for the first time,an album classified as "hardcore" punk sounded a little too much for me.

BTIazza

BTIazza said on the 5th Jul, 2010




Well that makes sense. Understood.

lost_my_muse

lost_my_muse said on the 6th Jul, 2010

Haven't really paid attention to them much. Only because what I have heard was not too inspiring. Def. HC (but not the good kind) don't know too many punks that would be into it though... imho you should check out the likes of Agnostic Front or Sick Of It All if you want some good hardcore/punk. Just sayin.

BTIazza

BTIazza said on the 6th Jul, 2010



Well, looks like you missed out.

We are talking about the shape of punk to come, not the shape of punk thats been.

craig123

craig123 said on the 7th Jul, 2010

watching MTV last night - and I reckon I would say I liked refused over Sick of it all... just sayin.

Mutton Chops

Mutton Chops said on the 7th Jul, 2010

Fucking love this album, quality from start to finish