Fucked Up
Year of the Dragon


4.0
excellent

Review

by Commodore Jesus Lean USER (116 Reviews)
April 18th, 2014 | 44 replies


Release Date: 04/21/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: David who?

I own a good chunk of Fucked Up’s discography. I think I have a dozen or so of their records, mostly their older stuff. I was always more of a “No Pasaran” kind of guy. I didn’t particularly care for David Comes To Life, mostly because I thought it sounded too rote and “safe” for Fucked Up, especially coming on the heels of their excellent, three chord prog-punk freak out Year Of The Ox, the fourth installment in the band’s long-running Zodiac series of EPs. Now it’s been four years since Ox and three years since David, and Fucked Up have already announced their full-length follow up for the latter, Glass Boys. That record, however, is prefaced by the latest installment in the Zodiac series, Year Of The Dragon, which is all-in-all a home run sure to please fans of all phases of Fucked Up’s evolution.

Listening to YOTD is listening to a Fucked Up brimming with new ambition and an almost creepy level of ultra-magnetic charisma. The 18-minute long title track is, simply put, the group’s most anthemic, brash, and downright nut-busting rocker since “Crusades.” I don’t typically want to pick up my guitar and play along to most new albums I hear, but the guitar work on “Year Of The Dragon” is so marvelous, I instantly picked up my Destroyer and started jamming. The song is replete with typical punk power/barre chord nod-a-longs, dastardly, meandering bridges, and soaring, blues rock-influenced, thoroughly engrossing solos, all anchored by rich, thick, and powerful tone. This is the kind of song you can play for your Sabbath-loving father, but still be able to bedroom mosh to when he leaves passes out after his day at the mill. It’s basically Fucked Up doing some great fan service, proving that they are aging gracefully, like a fine wine, or perhaps, more appropriately, a bottle of Crown Royal. As the song reaches its climax, Pink Eyes yells “We live with broken morals/We rest on fractured laurels/We don’t believe in anything/To hell with the pain it brings…Hold on for one more day,” in what is sure to be a finest chant-worthy moments in hardcore of 2014. He sounds way more like himself on this record than he did on David Comes To Life, or even on Year Of The Tiger, YOTD’s marginally confused older brother.

“I Wanna Be A Yank” is a tongue in cheek, 2-and-a-half minute burst of comical lamentation of Fucked Up’s Canadian heritage. It’s short and to the point, much like “Disorder,” the third track from this EP. While I do wholly believe that “Year Of The Dragon” is the best song here, these two short covers reaffirm the belief that Fucked Up can produce groovy, fun hardcore tunes in the vein of their early work.

Last time I reviewed Fucked Up I drew comparisons between them and The Mars Volta which, at the time, made sense to me, but now I realize that might have been a little more than slightly retarded of me, so I would like to apologize to Fucked Up for that. Sorry, Fucked Up. If it makes you feel any better, I bought this, and I’m gonna preorder Glass Boys, because this material is exceptional, and everyone should be excited now.



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Hep Kat
April 18th 2014


16648 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://play.spotify.com/album/2OLKram3Po9Yqpxmow1P2U



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dimsim3478
April 18th 2014


5911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea they got pretty metal on this one; also a step-up from Year of the Tiger

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Satellite
April 18th 2014


20826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sweet

MaskAtTheMasquerade
April 18th 2014


2888 Comments


fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck YEAH

Satellite
April 18th 2014


20826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

had no idea about the new album. that hiatus didn't last long apparently.

Kris.
April 18th 2014


12633 Comments


The 18-minute long title track is, simply put, the group’s most anthemic, brash, and downright nut-busting rocker since “Crusades.”


aaand sold

Satellite
April 18th 2014


20826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah this kills. no surprise.

Scoot
April 18th 2014


18033 Comments


pretty sweet

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Wadlez
April 18th 2014


4760 Comments


didn't know they had a new album otw, sounds good.

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dimsim3478
April 18th 2014


5911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

had no idea about the new album. that hiatus didn't last long apparently.


It didn't really even happen. They were on their "last tour for a while" though that tour never seemed to stop and then all of a sudden there's a new album.

henryChinaski
April 18th 2014


2979 Comments


Damn, gotta check this out. Their artworks always fuckin rule!

ti0n
April 18th 2014


1629 Comments


its no album

dimsim3478
April 18th 2014


5911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

We're talking about Glass Boys.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2014


20348 Comments


this is pretty sweet. still haven't heard their other stuff

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Sleaper
April 18th 2014


3465 Comments


fucked up and mars volta being similar?? shiiiiet glad i didnt read that review.

this one however is pretty good!

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steveconygre
April 18th 2014


33 Comments


'slightly retarded'

Good review but that's not necessary.

Hep Kat
April 18th 2014


16648 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey man if i wanna call myself retarded i will goddamn call myself retarded!!!

Satellite
April 18th 2014


20826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol what sorta pussy still gets upset about that word?

Hep Kat
April 18th 2014


16648 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he's either old and grumpy or young and in need of a privilege check

FearThyEvil
April 18th 2014


12986 Comments


I never listened to this band before and I wonder if I should start. If so, what's a good starting point. Would it be alright to listen to this first?



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