Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Suicidal Tendencies - "No Mercy Fool! / The Suicidal Family" CD

Not sure of the reasoning behind this one, but it's essentially remakes of tracks from Suicidal's 1987 skate-punk classic second album, "Join The Army", appended with remakes of Suicidal speed metal project No Mercy's second album. The retooling of "Possessed To Skate" is smooth, fast, and packed with all the punk-funk-metal you'd expect from these hooligans.

I'll admit it's fun to hear these old favorites again, even if they seem smoother and cleaner to these ears. In fact, that's my only complaint here -- the production makes this all seem too tame. "Come Alive" is a fireball of reckless thrash, but it's smoothed out by the production. Likewise, "We're F'n Evil" is another retro-smasher that sounds canned by it's production. Suicidal are a raging band with their hearts in the right place, but this one isn't among their better works. Here's to them letting loose next time. (Suicidal Records)

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