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Suicidal Tendencies - 13

Published April 02 2013

=Staff's pick

Shake It Out*
Smash It!
This Ain't A Celebration*
God Only Knows Who I Am
Make Your Stand
Who's Afraid?
Show Some Love… Tear It Down
Cyco Style*
Slam City
Till My Last Breath
Living The Fight
Life… (Can't Live With It, Can't Live Without It)
This World

Genre Punk Metal
Mike Muir
Tracks 13
Dean Pleasants
Running time 59 Min.
Nico Santora
Label Suicidal Records
Tim Williams
Release 26 March 2013
Eric Moore
Country USA
Producer Mike Muir, Paul Northfield
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With over three decades in the business, only consisting member Mike Muir and his Suicidal Tendencies release their 13th effort with 13 new tracks and this as well 13 years past their last record with new songs. Longtime 25 year member and guitarist Mike Clark quit the band last year to fulfill his dream about having his own band.

This band used to be one of my top 10 bands. They had one awesome track called Come Alive released a few years ago and I was hoping for a comeback to more solid metal now, but I got denied. Muir has said that they wanted to go back to an earlier sound, so why didn't they go all in? Sure there are similarities with their debut album, yet it's resemblant in a strong way to their two latest albums as well, and is that what their fans really want? Songs like Shake It Out, This Ain't No Celebration and Cyco Style are however more my cup of tea with much stronger force.

There are strong metal elements in the lead guitar play, but that's about it. The cyco punk songs has no solid flow to catch my full interest. This release is unfortunately not that good all through and many fans like myself look back at Suicidal's metal days and sighs. To be frank, all is far from crap, but it's really not good enough for a Suicidal Tendencies release and it's like they have plenty of good songs, but also have an urge to mix bad shit in between. Till My Last Breath, with its funky bassplay, is one of the perfect examples on that matter.

A couple of songs however lift this release up to a rating of 4, but I'm still a bit disappointed. I never create playlists as I always listen to entire albums. Yet after listening to this album I get second thoughts about that decision and will strongly give it a thought about only picking the best songs from 13. Well, at least this record is one step forward, or is it backwards?, and better than its two predecessors, so within a decade we'll hopefully have a greater ST album in our hands.








4 chalices of 10 - Tobbe

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