Hot Snakes
Suicide Invoice


5.0
classic

Review

by fogza USER (15 Reviews)
April 30th, 2012 | 10 replies | 3,231 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just plain, no frills rock and roll brilliance.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Punk rock - what a strange journey I've had listening to it. I remember trying out early punk such as the Ramones, and thinking: how is this as good as all the stuff it inspired? To me it sounded laughable when compared to modern copies.

The Hot Snakes are pretty much the pinnacle of raw punk rock, in my opinion - evolution at its finest. They took the no frills sound of the earliest punk bands, and added competency to the mix. Then they did some decent recording, and threw in vocals that were not an afterthought. Oh, and most of the lyrics are good too. Economical. Dynamic without using millions of effects. Songwriting. The whole shebang.

Rick Froberg. The man can shred - and emote without sounding like a disgruntled teenager. He can push a hollow, bitter voice out of the mix and it carries more weight than a thousand emo screams.

Then there is this album. I get the feeling the Snakes kinda disowned this one, but I'm not really sure why. It's clearly their best effort (and the others are stellar too). Not many of the tracks from SI made it on their live document, Thunder Down Under.

Listen to opener I Hate The Kids. The creepy harmonica. The poisonous rhythm. The insane build up, and the flat, hard truth of the final lines. I get chills. Who Died is a little gold nugget of aggression. The political release of Paid In Cigarettes. The cutting riffs of LAX. Bye Nancy Boy is a rollercoaster with that nail biting lead up to the bridge, couched in big rolling riffs. Some expansive drama in Suicide Invoice.

Like most great albums, this one ends with a killer triple punch. Why Does It Hurt actually sounds like hitting bottom - melodic to boot. Then there's the majestic, mysterious Unlisted, with that superb ascending chord progression and those odd curtains of guitar in the verse. Froberg sounds like a hammer when he delivers his damning kiss off. Finale is Ben Gurion, filled with lines that make your subconscious burst - you can see the desert bloom again amidst the confusion of tanks, sand, IMF bankers and ticker tape parades. Who knows what it all means, what the position is? It's one of those puzzles that keep you wondering and listening to the song, which is worth the admission price all on its own.

The rhythm section is thunderous and appropriate. The guitar interplay is great. The vocals are harrowing. It's smart without being ponderous. It doesn't overstay its welcome. It's candy that doesn't make you ill. It's senseless without making you stupid. It's just superb.



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artificialbox
April 30th 2012



628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

okay review, there are lots of places you put periods where there should be commas and some of these paragraphs could be revised and merged but other than that it's pretty good. This is one of my favourite albums of all time. So fucking good.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2012



7306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah. This album is great. Cool review.

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porch
April 30th 2012



8442 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good album

"They took the no frills sound of the earliest punk bands, and added competency to the mix"

their biggest and most obvious influence is the wipers album over the edge, and they weren't lacking in competency

Yotimi
April 30th 2012



6437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album. I think a lot of people won't check it out because of the stupid band name though

Cerbyrus
April 30th 2012



568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fucking superb album, and good review.

fogza
May 4th 2012



35 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks for the tip Porch, never listened to them. I'll put them on my list of what to check out. And yes, plenty of competent punk bands - I'm just saying not all the most well known ones were always that great.

fogza
May 4th 2012



35 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@ArtificialBox - it's my style. I don't like too many long, comma cluttered sentences. I mostly try to keep one or two ideas per sentence. "Should" is a strong word

Ethics
November 2nd 2012



4112 Comments


I HATE THE KIDS
I HATE THE KIDS
I HATE THE KIDS

WeepingBanana
November 2nd 2012



10040 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool album

EaglesBecomeVultures
March 28th 2013



5180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

unlisted is my JAM

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