Suicidal Tendencies – World Gone Mad
Californian thrash crossovers Suicidal Tendencies’ TWELFTH album is a testament to their prolific output. Formed in 1980 and having gone through a number of hiatuses, World Gone Mad shows that there is still plenty left in the band to keep on delivering more of their own brand of alternative punk. Opening track ‘Clap Like Ozzy’ leaves no chance of being eased in gently – guitars rattle and scream, drums thunder with abandon, while Mike Muir’s vocal moves back and forth between a more classic G&R tone and the more modern stylings of Avenged Sevenfold. All the relevant parts are there, from booming drums to spiky guitar shreds to get any punk fan’s heart pumping a little faster. Suicidal Tendencies have stuck to the formula – while there’s not much here in terms of really pushing the envelope, that’s not really what this kind of band is going to be about. Rather, it’s more a case of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. There are moments of cheeky fun, like the opening monologue on ‘The New Degeneration’ which quotes the hilarious words of Socrates, “Children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders…” Although brief, it is a moment that works well to flag up the attitude of punkish rebellion that runs through the veins of not only this record, but the band itself. It’s certainly a genre piece, and one that is going to hold real appeal to the right audience, although it might not quite be something that will garner any new fans right now. That said, for those who have been faithful followers over the years, it’s sure to be a brutal, thrashy treat for the ears. So if you’re hungry right now for a big slice of thrash/punk, put this on for a spin and let the high energy riffs carry you away.