Sound — 10
Tragedy are considered by most punk fans to be the kings of the modern crust/hardcore scene. Formed by members of the iconic crust group His Hero is Gone, they have gone on to become quite possibly the most influential crust band of modern times. With countless bands including Weekend Nachos, The Helm and Struck by Lightning taking after their style, Tragedy's influence is hard to deny. Their most recent LP, "Nerve Damage" is Tragedy at their best, both musically and lyrically. Tragedy's sound combines the gloomy melodies of early crust bands such as Amebix with the furious and epic metallic riffing of swedish D-beat bands like Disfear or Skitsystem and a fair amount of sludge as well. However, to say that Tragedy's style is only a mix of these genres would be foolish.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics on the album are fairly consistent with the crust genre, but extremely well written. While the lyrical themes have always been fairly dour and misanthropic, Nerve Damage has a sense of urgency that hasn't been present before. The lyrics convey a sense of disgust in world going down the drain. Guitarist Todd Burdette and Bassist Billy Davis share vocal duties with vocals being split about 50/50.
Overall Impression — 10
Nerve Damage is without a doubt, Tragedy's finest moment. There is not a single dull moment on the record. Every song is a gem. Personal favorites include: Eyes of madness, Rabid Panic and Under the Radar. I believe that this record is the pinnacle of the neo-crust genre. I would recommend it to fans of punk and metal alike.