Whether you should hear this shit?
Yes, definitely. It is a genre masterpiece. Hell it is a musical masterpiece.
And what genre would that be?
Hardcore Punk!! Along with Discharge’s Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing and the Misfits’s Earth A.D this remains the best document of the genre. This ain’t rock and roll, no sir, this is angry, frustrated speed junkie music!!
Front man Mike Muir’s vocals. Yea, go ahead and laugh all you want. I wish somebody could come on India’s Got Talent, play these songs and stone cold stunner Karan Johar’s dumbfounded ass all the way to hell. I would call THAT television. But seriously, best vocals on a hardcore punk album ever. Moreover, catchiest lyrics EVA!!! He makes himself sound very vulnerable and used, and that is a rare quality in a extreme music vocalist.
The whole damn album. Short frantic bursts of energy punctuated by some soliloquizing over a slower tempo and some great lead guitar lines. They actually know how to write great songs and use restraint on their electric guitars.
If nothing else, at least youtube “Institutionalized”. A little slow for the most part with a great video which explains the MTV airplay it got-yes, I said MTV-it is among the best moments on the album.