Sound — 10
Refused's third and final album, is without a doubt one of the most influential hardcore albums in history. The Swedish hardcore outfit were disgusted with the way other hardcore/punk bands were jumping on the commercial, MTV-ish bandwagon, all for the love of getting big and getting big amounts of the cash. So Refused buckled down to write the definitive album of their careers. An album that would smite all other punk and hardcore albums and bands alike, for years to come. Ironically enough, after it's release, The Shape Of Punk To Come was universally acclaimed as an amazing, incredible, career defining album etc. from the media, fans and underground and punk scenes. earning them a place in many underground and mainstream Alternative and Hardcore Magazines and forums as a classic album. Eg: Rock Sound and Kerrang! both inducted The Shape... into their hall of fame/classic sections respectively. The albums title is a reference is adapted from Ornette Coleman's seminal album The Shape of Jazz to Come.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics and idea behind them is that punk could not sustain itself in the music scene by packaging anti-establishment and revolutionary ideals, however that IS WHERE punk originates from! The lyrics talk about capitalism ("Worms Of The Senses/Faculties Of The Skull" and "Refused' Part Program"), activism, individuality and romanticism (Title-Track). in terms of lyrics, style, direction and overall impression it is a departure from the bands earlier work and previous projects, especially with the inclusion of drum and bass moments and political interludes thrown in for good measure.
Overall Impression — 10
The vocals; the sand-paper singing to the viscous high screams. The Drums; to the jazz beats, to the bursts of punk rudiments. The guitars/bass; the fast riffs and deep insertions that give at a unique sound and expression, I LOVE IT ALL! (drumming in particular.) Standouts: Worms Of The Senses/Faculties of the Skull. Liberation Frequency. Summer Holidays VS Punk Routine. Tannhuser / Deriv. (My personal favorite)New Noise! If you buy this, make sure you get the re-issued 2010 3 CD pack, IT IS WELL WORTH IT! I consider this one of my favourite albums of all time!