Refused
The Shape of Punk to Come


5.0
classic

Review

by Attis USER (12 Reviews)
September 21st, 2012 | 58 replies | 2,458 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Give it a 5.

3 of 6 thought this review was well written


The Shape of Punk to Come was one of the very first albums that laid the foundations of the perfectionist nature of punk that was yet to emerge, a vastly superior subgenre of primitive punk that became known as post-hardcore. The album title's allusion to this musical shift serves, on a purely textual level, as a testament to the band's visionary tendencies and high level of intellect. Indeed, one would be hard-pressed to find a single aspect of this album that, at the time it was released, didn't show the revolutionary concept Refused had always aspired to execute.

The riffs became more meaningful, carrying weight and purpose that was at the time reserved for only the most experimental bands in rock music such as Opeth. The guitar interplay became a dominant feature of future post-hardcore (or post-punk, if you will) as the guitarists alternated between mind-numbingly technical math riffs, gut-wrenching wails and abrasive post-progressive avantgarde sprawled out dissonant chugging shreds. The usual generic angry shouts were abandoned in favor of a more human approach, with the vocalist (sub)humanly shrieking from the bottom of his heart, spitting out lyrics that one never even dared to imagine to hear in punk one day, such as "We lack the motion to move to the new beat. YEAAAH, we lack motion!". Indeed, it is not very difficult to see where the vocalists of the more emotional variety of hardcore such as Discordance Axis, Pianos Become The Teeth or Defeater got their inspiration from. But frankly, can we blame them when the results were this perfect? The drumming gained focus and strength, no longer applying to the rules of underdeveloped 80s punk scene. The production underwent one of the most radical changes in music. Gone were the walls of noise pioneered by Misfits or the lo-fi aesthetics brought to the table by Dead Kennedys. Instead, the production turned bright and sharp, allowing the talent and artistic vision (special thanks to BaselineOOO for pointing this out| to shine through with every passing riff and every moment of silent contemplation.

While we all love La Dispute and Thrice, it is vital to remember the roots of their classic style of music, the band that started it all. I urge you to download this album, in hopes that one day you will 5 it as hard as I did.



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Attis
September 21st 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Pos if you find the time.

KILL
September 21st 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

life it seems will fade away

Ethics
September 21st 2012



4112 Comments


I'll give it a 4 and pos your review.

MichaelSnoxall
September 21st 2012



12163 Comments


No time to pos gotta thrash

MichaelSnoxall
September 21st 2012



12163 Comments


you never pos my reviews anymore, Base.

MeatSalad
September 21st 2012



13387 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album is better when you disregard the lyrics

SCREAMorphine
September 21st 2012



1704 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not a bad review, pos.

Tyrael
September 21st 2012



20395 Comments


Isn't this like the 5th time your posted this or something

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ILJ
September 21st 2012



6544 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

album is good

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HenchmanOfSanta
September 21st 2012



1656 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Discordance Axis is emotional hardcore?

Attis
September 21st 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What kind of question is that? Of course they are.

ChuckyTruant
September 21st 2012



15572 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is uhh post-hardcore?

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JackSparrow
September 21st 2012



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Post-hardcore was around in the 1980s with Rites of Spring, Embrace and Fugazi then continued with bands like Quicksand in the 90s, not sure why you think this was the start of it.

Attis
September 21st 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Their previous album had hints of it too but this is where they fully established the genre.

Attis
September 21st 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Rites of Spring and Embrace are emocore, and Fugazi is hardcore. Haven't heard Quicksand.

ChuckyTruant
September 21st 2012



15572 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i wouldnt really count this as post-hardcore

Youtellme
September 21st 2012



1351 Comments


It's hardcore that influenced Post-Hardcore

ChuckyTruant
September 21st 2012



15572 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

well that makes sense

JackSparrow
September 21st 2012



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hey chuck did you hear the new ABR Christmas song 'Sleigh Ride? There wasn't a news article but its streaming on their website.

HenchmanOfSanta
September 21st 2012



1656 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What kind of question is that? Of course they are.
They're a grind band.



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