The Shape Of Punk To Come



by Neoteric USER (86 Reviews)
April 27th, 2006 | 3614 replies

Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lengendary hardcore release. Absolutely essential.

It's pretty creepy isn't it? Refused named their album this and for some strange reason, it came true. Without this album, I'd doubt there would be a lot of what has become post-hardcore. To help you with this for the general reader, post-hardcore is like a modern hardcore sound. I'm not exactly a super-nazi to the genre but I'm getting there. With this album you don't think of it as a great album, it's more a revolution. Refused probably never meant it, they probably just wanted to make a great album that showed their political stands. This album is immense as a musical experience but also as a main influence for today's post-hardcore bands. Refused is what Minor Threat did for the original hardcore. They completely made a new sound which wasn't around at that time taking some influence from their fathers. Warning right now, the album is very political so if you are offended by opinions or you think lyrics should be based on dragons and Satan then stay away right now.

It is pretty obvious that the band are pretty opinionated because as soon as you open the small booklet which came with the CD then you are suddenly showered with quotes and words that barely anyone on this site would know the meaning to. Refused don't care what other people think, they are their own minds by not getting influenced by any outside sources. They really stick to their guns here. When this type of music comes around then the gentle minds of today's youth will lap up the lyrics and their opinions which is amazing considering that a lot of music today doesn't really speak to young ones. That was how big this album is but at this point it seems I'm repeating myself and ranting off-topic'.

The band originated from Sweden and though they did create a new sound, they never really had a full life with only 2 CD's and a DVD. This one is more about post-hardcore while the one before this was a raw hardcore album. One thing you might find strange is the synths in the songs. They use it in breakdowns or anywhere they feel is necessary. I even remember a fellow Mxer calling the band industrial hardcore. I'm not making fun or anything but this could be true in some ways. The synths do play a big part which is common in industrial and there is no denying this is a hardcore album. So yeah, this could be true but they were so much more than putting them into a specific genre. Every time I listen to this, I get a weird tingly feeling. Every time I put the next track on I think, 'I love this song so much'. If you are a hardcore fan then I'm sure you're the same.

While the band used their minds 50% of the time, the other 50% belongs to what they can do with their fingers and their voice box. Dennis is a terrific vocalist but what probably turns people off the band is the vocals. Dennis has a very strong scream, not some low growling scream but a high one. It's true to say, without Dennis, the Refused wouldn't be the same. His mastermind lyrics and his vocals to scream the word into you are a major part of what they had but it'd be pretty unfair to say Dennis was the band as I don't think they'd be the same without any band member to be honest. The guitars are pretty simple to the metal guitarist but they without a doubt work. The distortion is up full blast and it is pretty simple parts and riffs here and there, on paper it doesn't seem that exciting but oh boy, it does.

"Faces like angels, licking our fingertips
We don't have the patience to deal with it
With battered bodies & puckered lips
We don't have the patience to deal with it. Yeah!"

So we have the vocals and the guitars but what's next on our 'Describe The Instruments 4000'? Why none other than the drums which don't do fills but they are powerful and as the featured album blurb says, 'It's like throwing a brick out of the Empire state building'. I couldn't have said it better myself. The drums sound like they are battered the hell out them. They provide some good beats and rhythm and don't go to the point where he's showing off. The bass is chunky and clean, it is quite clear when you're listening to it and I'd recommend some intermediate or even some beginner bassists to try some of the songs out. We have the basic band set-up but Refused had to take one step more again. There is cellos, violins, tambourines, double bass and the usual synths. It is really crazy however there is always the usual band members playing them which has the theory the band are real musicians.

Every song is vital in the making of this album but I feel that some stand out more than others. From when I first heard the album, Worms of the Senses never really stood out to me and even now I don't really listen to the track but the second track Liberation Frequency grabbed me the moment it came on. It starts with a clean guitar part with Dennis not screaming for a change and then it goes into chaos until changing back to the quiet part which sounds like they recorded it in mono. That sounds bad but that improves the song loads I think. Halfway through it might seem to be repeating but I assure you it's supposed to be like that. Anyone that's heard the Refused is probably because of New Noise which takes ambient noises and heavy as hell parts and creates it into a 5 minute digestible song. It starts with some palm-muting on the G string and then it has a massive build-up only to trick the listener by playing with the synths again. Dennis then shouts, 'Can I scream?' Of course you can Dennis, do you really need to ask us that in your song? The song has various pseudo build ups and breakdowns until the almighty climax comes in. It is one of the most breath-taking experience in my life.

To be honest, I could go through every song and say how great it is but I recommend those I mentioned. I also recommend The Shape of Punk To Come, The Refused Are F***ing Dead and Protest Song '68. This is not for the mainstream listener but if you are open-minded then this could be the best decision of your life buying this. You shouldn't really need a review telling you how great this album is because it should already be in your collection and if not then shame on you. This is a modern classic so get this, I don't care how. Buy it, download it, borrow it off a friend etc. just get a hold of it some way as it could be the album you've been waiting for and indeed it is.

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April 27th 2006


I think this is one of my stronger reviews

Zesty Mordant
April 27th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

Great review. I absolutely love this album.

Every track on here is great, but "New Noise" blows the balls off pretty much every rock song out there.

April 27th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

One of the best hardcore albums there is. Nice review :thumb:This Message Edited On 12.25.06

April 27th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

"New Noise" is amazing. The rest of the album doesn't match that formula though

April 27th 2006


I've only heard New Noise and The Shape Of Punk To Come off of this, but that's enough to get me hooked. Great band.

April 27th 2006


This is a good album. I think the tital is a little arrogant though. Even if it is "the shape of punk to come"

April 27th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

I loved this CD but never subscribed to the popular theory that its one of the most important hardcore albums of all-time. It's just not THAT good, nor was the 'revolutionary work' all that amazing...or needed.

April 27th 2006


amazing album. great review to boot.This Message Edited On 04.27.06

Liberi Fatali
April 28th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

If anybody hasn't heard 'Tannhuser / Deriv' by now, you've been deprived.

Yeah, one of the sadly ignored songs on the album.

Nice review and all that jazz. I'm hesitant to give it this rating, but I think I'll settle on a 4.5.

With time I think it could become a 5.This Message Edited On 04.27.06

April 28th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

I've never really listened to much Refused. I've only heard Protest Song '68 and the screaming vocals didn't really appeal to me but I enjoy the overall craziness of the song.

Great job on the review, and I agree it's probably one of your best.

April 28th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

I like Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent better than this for some reason, but still this is a solid album.

Red Cap Brain
April 28th 2006


Awesome review.

April 28th 2006


Wow, thanks everyone! :D

April 28th 2006


New Noise owns. Friggin mad song.

April 28th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

I adore this album. But I don't get why you dislike Worms Of The Senses. For me that's quite possibly the best track.

Agreed. That song is incredible. This is one of the greatest albums ever etc. I'm going to pick up the DVD next payday.

April 29th 2006


This is a very good review.

Refused is one of the only hardcore bands that I could ever come to like, along with The Unseen. They just rock so hard...

April 29th 2006


Not a 5, the vocals stink.

Angry Balled Fists!
April 30th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

Amazing album, good work

May 21st 2006


I listened to "New Noise". It was okay.

May 31st 2006


Without this album, Id doubt there would be a lot of what has become post-hardcore.

They aren't Quicksand buddy.

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