Fugazi
In on the Kill Taker


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
January 13th, 2007 | 99 replies | 18,983 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "In On The Kill Taker" is a fantastic album and one of Fugazi's best but it doesn't come without its fair share of flaws.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

“In On The Kill Taker" was the album that gave me my first listen to the band Fugazi. Maybe because of this fact I consider it the most accessible, but the band has almost completely distanced themselves from their early hardcore beginnings on this album. In an age when Nirvana was preaching the '80s style of alternative rock to the world, Fugazi reigned as kings of the underground. This album was Fugazi's first Billboard charter and was probably the key to their increasing popularity. Where "Steady Diet of Nothing" showed that Mackaye and his group of D.C. alums could certainly provoke new emotions from the dead genre of hardcore, "In On The Kill Taker" was all about the experimental even if that meant including heavily "poppy" melodies throughout their music. This album marked a change for Fugazi as they adopted even more noise to help full their anguish and aggression, and in doing so, released one of their finest records.

Part of this album’s beauty is the track list. It begins with the upbeat number "Facet Squared" which is almost pop-punkish in its delivery. Essentially the tracking of the album begins it with the lightest material and by the end you're cast into Guy's own torments with the quiet brooding "Last Chance For A Slow Dance". The middle of the album is almost completely dedicated to the noise experimental side of Fugazi, especially the centerpiece and half-instrumental "23 Beats Off," a soundscape of harsh noise that supposedly reflects the deterioration of a relationship. One of my personal favorite Fugazi tracks found on "In On The Kill Taker" is "Rend It". With Guy’s brilliant performance, lyrically and vocally, walls of sound encapsulate his pleas of "Why don't you come to my house? Why don't you drag me right out?". It is truly one of the most beautiful yet aggressive songs in Fugazi's vast library.

While "In On The Kill Taker" probably holds the record for the most infectious Fugazi tunes, it also has some bland ones such as "Smallpox Champion" which almost seems by-the-book Fugazi. It's not bad in itself, but when its book ended by the full unleashed fury of "Rend It" and the brooding and dynamic "Returning The Screw," it just seems flat in comparison.

Fugazi certainly made their finest album to date at the time of "In On The Kill Taker" they still had not reached perfection. While "In On The Kill Taker" is a beautiful and very varying experience, some of the moments on the album seem a little too textbook of the band and also some of them drag on a little too far ("Sweet and Low's" subdued feeling kind of makes the closer of the album drag). Still, the band certainly has a very important and great record with this release, and compared to many other bands, it'd be a near classic. But with a band with Fugazi’s capabilities, it is in turn left as just a great solid release with its decent share of flaws.



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Intransit
January 13th 2007



2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review as per usual. This is a pretty good album, but I think The Argument, Repeater, and End Hits all trump this.

The Jungler
January 13th 2007



4827 Comments


A poppier side of Fugazi actually sounds like something I could like alot. I heard 13 songs the other day, and it was good, but not as good as I expected (I had heard Suggestion from it, and that and Waiting Room were really the only fantastic tracks on it) so maybe I should check this out.
Good review.

metallicaman8
January 13th 2007



4677 Comments


Pretty nice review.

Neoteric
January 13th 2007



3243 Comments


pixiesfanyo ftw.

How many Fugazi reviews to go now?

pixiesfanyo
January 13th 2007



1222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Four.

I might do Furniture though.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
January 13th 2007



2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best Fugazi album, imo.

Oddsen
January 13th 2007



1127 Comments


Good review. I've been trying to decide which of thier albums to get first

BringHomeTheBacon
January 14th 2007



248 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. I've never been able to get into this album that much. It's got its share of great songs (Public Witness Program, Smallpox Champion, Last Chance For A Slow Chance) but the middle of the album kind of bores me.

CheckersOnMyShoesYo
January 17th 2007



215 Comments


Good review.

This is Fugazi's best work in my opinion.

The Jungler
May 3rd 2007



4827 Comments


The Dischord catalog got added to Rhapsody, so this is the first thing I'm gonna listen to, then probably Embrace and Rites of Spring.
Is the Instrument DVD any good? The performance of Glue Man from that on Youtube is so sick.

gaber01
March 19th 2008



112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is pretty great, I just got it today. 13 Songs is still my favorite album by them, but this has taken the second place spot.

Nice review.

descendents1
March 19th 2008



702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You should listen to The Argument.

Shadowed Reflection
September 4th 2008



274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Whoah...Smallpox Champion rocks, dude. That's my favourite track from this album.

raclet12123
September 4th 2008



28 Comments


Awesome Review!!! I agree thats its the most infectious release and I feel overall the most punchy and strongest release of their carrer. I love this album!!! Its one of my favorites from Fugazi along with The Argument and Repeater! I actually think it combines the harder playing from Reapter with the more melodic twist of Argument! This Message Edited On 09.04.08

random
December 21st 2009



2260 Comments


This seems like a good place to start for Fugazi. I've never heard their music before.

Prophet179
December 21st 2009



234 Comments


Start with Repeater or End Hits.

SeaAnemone
February 24th 2010



19755 Comments


... going on a Fugazi spree and listening to most of their discog tonight. wish me luck

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

porch
April 15th 2010



8452 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Facet Squared melts my face everytime

porch
April 29th 2010



8452 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fucking love returning the screw

porch
August 27th 2010



8452 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album really deserves more love



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