Choking Victim
No Gods, No Managers


5.0
classic

Review

by Karl Malone AKA The Mailman USER (10 Reviews)
May 28th, 2007 | 166 replies | 17,779 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With lyrics dealing with things such as shoplifting, smoking crack, suicide, and even Satan, "No Gods, No Managers" is a fun and catchy album showcasing the abilities of one of the ska-punk genre's most overlooked bands.

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

Choking Victim were a ska-punk band from the C-Squat in the lower east side of Manhattan, New York. They are credited with helping to launch the "Crack Rocksteady" subgenre along with fellow bands Leftover Crack, Morning Glory, INDK, and the Crack Rock Steady 7. Along with their Satanic imagery, Choking Victim were known for their highly controversial lyrics that sent themes of atheism, anti-police, and using drugs to the public only for the purpose of being offensive. Despite all of the controversy surrounding this band, Choking Victim manage to make their one and only full-length album, "No Gods, No Managers", (released on Epitaph records) unforgettable.

It seems that casual listeners of Choking Victim really only have one major bone to pick with this album, that being Stza's vocals. It's understandable that the vocals could be a turn off to some people that are used to cleaner singing, but once you pay attention to the intelligence of the lyrics, your irritation seems to go away. Songs such as 500 Channels, Money, and In My Grave, contain lyrics that would impress the harshest of critics and show off a more serious side of Choking Victim. Then there are also those songs that are just meant to be offensive and fun, which is what Choking Victim does best. "Crack Rock Steady" directly talks about killing police officers and insults wealthy and upper-class people, while "F*ck America", as you would guess, is basically one big middle finger directed at the country and its government.

One common misconception about Choking Victim (and Leftover Crack as well) is that they cannot play their instruments. Every single person involved in the recording of this album does their job very well, playing elements of hardcore/anarchist punk, ska, reggae, and rocksteady. The rhythms of each song are very memorable, mainly due to the outstanding bass work of Shayne, who especially delivers on "500 Channels", "Suicide", "In My Grave", and "Hate Yer State". And while Erza is certainly no guitar virtuoso, he definitely gets the job done, providing us with catchy riffs. Skwert (the drummer) might be the most under-appreciated member of the band. Listening to some of his fills and beats, you'll realize that much of Choking Victim's sound is owed to him.

Sadly, Choking Victim broke up the first day after the recording for "No Gods, No Managers". The members each went on to join different bands, most notably Leftover Crack and INDK. While you'll see this album taking a lot of heat from people who aren't fans, I and many others have to come love this album and recognize it as a definitive part the 90's punk scene. I give "No Gods, No Managers" a 5/5 for it's originality, catchiness, and socially conscious lyrics.

At the time of this recording, Choking Victim were:
Stza- Lead Vocals/Guitar
Shayne- Bass/Vocals
Erza- Lead Guitar/Vocals
Skwert- Drums/Vocals

Recommended tracks:
500 Channels
In My Grave
Crack Rock Steady
Hate Yer State



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londoncalling457
May 28th 2007



2590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First review in awhile and also first real non track-by-track.

slep
May 28th 2007



1604 Comments


Wait what? You reviewed it as a 5 and gave it a 2?

londoncalling457
May 28th 2007



2590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hm, it shows up as a 5 on that side thing next to my review. But yeah, it's meant to be a 5..I'll see if I can get that fixed.

londoncalling457
May 28th 2007



2590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ok that's better.

slep
May 28th 2007



1604 Comments


Ok then, good review. I'm going to download this.

Catchthe22
May 28th 2007



95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

a few highlight songs but other than that meh to me

tom79
May 28th 2007



3363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, if a little overrated. Good job on the review, this needed one.

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
May 28th 2007



4926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I never saw the big deal with Choking Victim/Leftover Crack. My friends love them but they are just meh to myself.

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

tom79
August 18th 2007



3363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I take it back. This album is awesome.

PhoenixRising
August 18th 2007



277 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty good, but DEF overrated. These guys get too much hype.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
December 18th 2007



4926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I take back everything I said about Choking Victim, but Leftover Crack are still okay at best.

londoncalling457
December 29th 2007



2590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I agree, I like Choking Victim 1,000 times better than LC.

chewytapeworm
February 5th 2009



492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Truly awesome record. In comparison to Leftover Crack (and, actually, a hell of a lot of punk records) this owns!

StickmanSouffle
March 10th 2009



286 Comments


This looks pretty sex.

thebbqshrimp
July 2nd 2009



1207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

one of the greatest punk albums ever recorded. i agree with everyone who says that choking victim is better than leftover crack, and i'm a HUGE fan of leftover crack... guess that just says how big a fan of this album i am.

PanasonicYouth
July 6th 2009



7411 Comments


Crack Rock Steady, are you ready to stop the rotten blue menace? Let's go kill us a cop. Crack Rock Steady, are you ready? Living above the law!



combustion07
November 14th 2009



5334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't believe I never checked this out before, this album is awesome

Prolapse
August 26th 2010



4370 Comments


this is weird

Dryden
August 26th 2010



12928 Comments


satan

Prolapse
August 26th 2010



4370 Comments


i thought this was gonna be metal wtf



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