Fugazi
In on the Kill Taker


5.0
classic

Review

by Well_Respected_Man USER (13 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 31 replies | 6,723 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Fugazi - In on the Kill Taker

Fugazi
Ian MacKaye - vocals & guitar
Guy Picciotto - vocals
Joe Lally - bass
Brendan Canty – drums

Released in 1993 In on the Kill Taker is lumped right in the middle of late and early Fugazi releases. The title comes from a piece of paper the band found lying in the street just simply stating “In on the Kill Taker" This is what I like to call Fugazi’s “Yellow" album and is questionably the D.C Quartets most depressing and noisiest record released. This record never fails to move me.

Does noise equal beauty? Or is it just a headache? Personally I find noise and feedback it to be one of the greatest forms of musical expression. It’s one of the few things that can still shock with its unpredictable movements, combustion patterns and just the sheer tortured tones it can produce. And of course Fugazi can pull it off with a perfect sense of dynamics and tight song structures. Moments like the end of “23 Beats" and “Instrument" are defined by this noise and feedback, without it I find it would be rather difficult to match the intensity that many of these songs posses.

All fans of Minor Threat should love this disc, it has a very hardcore vibe and “Great Cop" wouldn’t sound very out of place on your Minor Threat “Complete Discography". It’s common misperception that Fugazi are lighter than Minor Threat. Most of their later material is actually quite heavy listen to “Public Witness Program" and “Walken’s Syndrome" and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. Of course there are sensitive moments too. The depressing “Rend It" and pretty instrumental “Sweet and Low" are sure to mellow you out.

“Fragile stem
Asleep at the stoplight again
Red dressed in red drenched in red spreading red ever red
Fragile stem
Veering for control again
Change lanes explain how strain defers the impact of speed
On on past gone gone gone past on
Fragile stem
Made your own road again
Scars crash and glass made
You laugh you'd show it off to your friends
Fragile stem lay down your arms and then
Steer into the headlights like the dead light of the last sun you'll see
Steering into headlights and your gone"

I cannot praise these lyrics enough; Guy and Ian have such great wit and eloquent ways of stating thing. I didn’t even realize this song was about dying in a car crash until just recently when I checked the lyrics and now the song has a whole new meaning to me. Plus the opening riff is just awesome. The more you put in the more get out, very rewarding.

Overall In on the Kill Taker is an exhausting listen, at least for me. So much happens at such a frantic pace, it’s sometimes hard to keep up. Just trust me, it’s awesome. Oh, and if you aren’t familiar with Fugazi this may not be the best place to start but hell why not.

Recommended songs
Walken’s Syndrome
Smallpox Champion
Public Witness Program
Last Chance For a Slow Dance

Overall Rating 5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Zappa
January 1st 2005



355 Comments


Good review. I think I will check this out.

cbmartinez
January 1st 2005



2525 Comments


My favorite Fugazi CD. It takes time to get used to, but I think it's a great CD in its entirety.

Well_Respected_Man
January 1st 2005



75 Comments


I'm sharing this on soulseek as well in casee anyone is interested. (WRM)

Happymeal
January 1st 2005



330 Comments


This will be the first Fugazi album that I'll listen to, it looks very interesting.

Radio
January 1st 2005



1 Comments


I am also interested in listening to this album (or any Fugazi album for that matter).

looozer
January 2nd 2005



24 Comments


I would only have given it a 4/5. This is actually one of my least favorite Fugazi albums. However, I would give your review a 5/5 because it rules.

Zappa
January 2nd 2005



355 Comments


This is Fugazi material I prefer most out of all that I've heard, and I've heard most of "Repeater" and "The Argument."

Music Nerd
July 24th 2005



95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best Fugazi album. Thanks for the review. This is probley their most "Hardcore" album.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 28th 2005



2806 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This CD popped up out of nowhere in my house.

Maybe it's a godsend, i'm going to pop it in.

Happymeal
August 29th 2005



330 Comments


A bit hard to listen to for me sometimes but it really is a sweet album.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 29th 2005



2806 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Meh... not a godsend.

NEDM
August 29th 2005



1113 Comments


as simple as your format is... i love it.

cjstunna
December 22nd 2005



119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good album but 13 Songs is my favorite of their work

Music Nerd
February 2nd 2006



95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To codiak- There are no members from Minor Threat in it other than Ian Mackaye.

francesthemute121
May 27th 2006



14 Comments


Can't wait to get this album, I'm a big fan of At the Drive In so I think I'll probably enjoy this album

CheckersOnMyShoesYo
November 17th 2006



215 Comments


Music Nerd, i thought Guy Piccioto was in Minor Threat as well. i may be wrong.

EDIT: never mind, i was wrong, i dont know why i thought that, its early in the morning and im not exactly with it.This Message Edited On 11.17.06

f_u_c_t
November 23rd 2006



1406 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

some of you are right, and this album does have to grow on you, and its a good listen when it does. I wish some songs had a little bit more length to them though.

StallionMang
May 28th 2013



4269 Comments


Great review, I think your 2nd paragraph perfectly summed up for me why I love noise/feedback so much. I really need to check out more Fugazi.

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TheNexus100
July 15th 2013



2364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best fugazi

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Chortles
July 15th 2013



17508 Comments


5 it

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