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I find it funny how a band which generally presents itself as a sincere anarchist musical platform would name itself after what is perhaps the goofiest and most whitebread slang term to ever be invented. Hell, it wouldn’t be very hard either to guess when this band were active just by skimming the cover art of Script Kiddie
. Who the hell even calls hackers “script kiddies” anymore? The only thing that would date this album even more if there was a reference to Foamy the Squirrel in there somewhere.
Nostalgic aesthetics aside, The Shizit were a pretty badass duo whose career went by all too soon. Being a part of the second wave of the digital hardcore movement, when the genre began to rapidly spread outside of Germany to other parts of the word, these guys helped make the genre even heavier and angrier than Alec Empire probably intended it to be. Infusing amen breaks, blown out 4/4 kick beats, and heavily processed guitar stabs, these guys are still remembered for good reason. Tracks like “Gak Bitch” and “Point Click Kill” perfectly executes this mix by being both mosh-worthy and dance-worthy, something to play while you bite some rave kid’s head off.
, being the middle child of a trilogy of ante-mortem releases, acts almost as an anthology for the group. This has both positive and negative cognitions, which I’ll explain in a bit. Primarily composed of re-recorded versions of tracks originally appearing on their previous output Evil Inside
(which features an edited version of the Intel Inside logo on the cover, God is this band a time capsule), as well as two demos for songs which would later reappear in their definitive form on their 2001 swansong Soundtrack for the Revolution
. For this reason, Script Kiddie
has essentially been made irrelevant within The Shizit’s canon. The only track unique to this release would be the “Gak Bitch” remix appended at the end, and while it’s pretty good on its own terms it sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of the recording due to it’s weirdly muffled production.
Still, The Shizit is the shizit. At best, this album serves as the perfect, quick introduction to the band for newcomers. At worst, it’s just extra space on your harddrive if you already have their other two records. Take it for what you will.