Refused
Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent


3.5
great

Review

by Ryan Flatley EMERITUS
July 22nd, 2007 | 45 replies | 16,165 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Refused stripped down and armed with a machine gun. Quick and relentless, yet fun in the same line of fire.

Refused, the practical leaders of the political music party in the late nineties, came out with an album that does not get the attention deserves. That would be their 1996 release entitled Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent. A raw and edgy release from the Swedish hardcore punk band that was a clear sign they were somebody in the musical spectrum.

Lead vocalist, Dennis Lyxzen, knew how to write witty and meaningful revolutionary-esque lyrics in a genre of punk that contains some bland and teenage styled lyrics (Anti-Flag anyone?). Dennis was in his mid twenties talking about destruction of governments, the overbearing force of the government, and even religious ideals. For instance, Lyxzen says in Coup D’Etat (oh yeah, so no one pronounces it wrong, it is pronounced ‘ku de'ta) that he will be the one to start the overthrow of the government and he will be the one to start the riots that will cause the downfall of a corrupted organization. Throughout his writings, Dennis wishes for a change in world’s policies and the basics of what should or will be done.

However, lyrics are only one of the pieces. The production is good even though it is not top quality; it flows with the overall feel of the album. The record begins with a chant (protest-like) and droning noises until there is a snare roll to jumpstart the energy-laced Rather Be Dead. It begins the one-two punch for the two best songs on the record. Both Coup D’Etat and Rather Be Dead contain the traditional hardcore punk essentials, but they make it their own style by making a more complex sound. They do have the occasional breakdown thrown in, but Refused know how to moderate their songs unlike a huge portion of bands out there. Nonetheless, they still know how to write creative and fun riffs without chugga-chugga every minute. The bass is smooth and shines when needed, whether it is the transition of a musical phrase or a little bridge, such that in Coup D’Etat and the introduction to This Trust Will Kill Again.

As far as the total sound of the songs, they are of a distinct 'Refused' sound. However, the intro of Hook, Line and Sinker oddly enough reminds me of a Mastodon song whenever it is randomly played on shuffle, which is bizarre considering their styles of music. However, most songs are easily recognizable as a Refused song, as they should be. Songs like The Slayer begins rolling at a furious pace as they are carried by the pulsating drums. Through the simplistic writing style, they make it more interesting that it really should be. They stuck with their roots of musical prowl and succeeded.

Taking into account the whole record, Refused at the time had not evolved their sound to what it could be in the future. This album was a huge building block for what was to come with their careers. They made a great album that would soon evolve to much bigger ideas and musical passages. Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent is essential to understand their work as a whole, because one record leads to another, and without this one, who knows what would have become of them.



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IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 22nd 2007



4926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm shocked no one has done a review on this album yet, so I decided why not. Sorry it's a little short, but I should have given you the jist of the album.

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DaveBum69
July 22nd 2007



699 Comments


I second on the being shocked, I need to get this, I have shape of punk to come and its amazing

GleamInRanks
July 22nd 2007



298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I started writing a review for this a couple days ago but it turns out I know nothing about Refused. Anyway, nice work, better than I could have done. As for the album, this is always switching between 4 and a 3.5 for me, though this is mostly dependent on if I listened to The Shape of Punk to Come recently or not. I thought the same thing about "Hook, Line and Sinker" too, crazy.

Aficionado
July 22nd 2007



1027 Comments


I should really pick this up. Good review if you cleaned up some errors in grammar.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 22nd 2007



7928 Comments


Hah, Gleam, I had a half-done review for this going too. Glad someone did it.

fiestamelons
July 22nd 2007



3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I find this sounds a little same-y but it's only really in comparison to Shape of Punk. I also can't stand the lyrics in Beauty but they could've been fresh in 96'.

It definatley deserves a 3.5, nice review.



Barreloflobsters
July 31st 2007



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I always get the beginning of Hook Line and Sinker confused with Twist of Cain by Danzig.

Hatshepsut
July 31st 2007



1997 Comments


I don't think this can compare to The Shape of Punk to Come.

PhoenixRising
July 31st 2007



277 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ Agree. Good album but Shape of Punk to Come is pretty epic.

iamrockzorz
July 31st 2007



1029 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First three songs are fucking godly.

antihippy
August 6th 2007



696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i liked this better than TSOPTC strangely enough.

Otisbum
October 1st 2007



1912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty sweet album.

Otisbum
October 6th 2007



1912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So this is still awesome.

Which of theirs should I get next?

Two-Headed Boy
October 6th 2007



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought this was reviewed before. :confused:
Really good album.This Message Edited On 10.06.07

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
October 6th 2007



4926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Otis: The Shape of Punk To Come.

It's much more progressive, as far as their style of music, not the actual genre, and one of the best albums of all time.

Otisbum
October 6th 2007



1912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll be sure to check that out then.

StrizzMatik
April 9th 2008



3175 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome record. Not as essential as TSOPTC but this album was still pretty ahead of its time in the hardcore scene back in '96.

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Iai
Emeritus
April 9th 2008



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Brilliant album. It surprises me how many people overlook this.

MrAwesome
August 24th 2008



17 Comments


It's not as kickass as I thought it would be, but it was pretty good.

Kiran
Emeritus
August 26th 2008



6000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I need to get this because Refused rule, released one of my favourite albums ever, and are Swedish.



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