(8/10) Finally a new Suicidal Tendencies album again; that was my first thought when I heard about "13" which was released in 2013 - an album that ended a thirteen year lasting period without any studio output of Mike Muir and band.
This time it didn't take that long for Suicidal Tendencies to prepare a new longplayer. Three years after "13" the new record will be released on September 30st and it's a another highlight in the band's discography.
Of course it's Mike Muir that's the constant factor in Suicidal Tendencies. However, this time the iconic frontman was supported by a band that included three new musicians. Ra Diaz on bass and Jeff Pogan on guitar became new members of the punk/thrash crossover flagship. This is already good news but the real highlight is the fact that the legendary Dave Lombardo enriches the longplayer with his excellent drumming.
Lombardo, but also Diaz and Pogan brought some new energy into the band, something that the five-piece clearly reflects on "World Gone Mad". This album powers from the beginning to end.
Pushing drums and a grooving bassline kick off "Clap Like Ozzy" which is a fast opener the 'Suicidal-way'. The following "The New Degeneration" begins with some spoken words before a mighty riff takes over, leading to a great tune that could be easily from the earlier days. That Muir and gang didn't came to make compromisses becomes obvious with "Living For Life", a highspeed song with an excellent drumming of Lombardo.
The title track is a cool and very rhythm-based song that will work best live while "One Finger Salute" shifts up gears again. A song that could be from the "How can I laugh..." EP session is named "Still Dying to Live" which is a silent song with a certain emotional depth. It shows the width of the band's sound and it's a well-done counterpart to the raging moments on this output.
To conclude: "World Gone Mad" is a brilliant Suicidal Tendencies album showing the band refreshed, rebellious and hungry. This album can easily handle comparisons with earlier classic like "Lights Camera Revolution" and the "Art of Rebellion". Check it out, it's worth it.
- Clap Like Ozzy
- The New Degeneration
- Living For Life
- Get Your Fight On!
- World Gone Mad!
- Happy Never After
- One Finger Salute
- Damage Control
- The Struggle is Real
- Still Dying to Live
- This World
Label: Suicidal Records
Release Date EU: September 30st, 2016