Suicidal Tendencies

13

Written by: PP on 24/08/2013 13:27:36

It has been 13 years since the previous record by the crossover thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies, but apparently there's no stopping these cycos despite having been a band for 32 years now. "13" is also their 13th studio album overall, and it sees them continue to deliver their unique crossover style that's incredibly difficult to pigeonhole into just one genre given how liberally it strays between punk, thrash, hardcore, and even free-form jazz at times (those bass lines are FUNKY, man).

Never ones hold back their personalities, Suicidal tears the record open on "Shake It Out" with repeated chants of "Suicidal's back, Suicidal's back" in what is one of the catchiest choruses you'll hear on a crossover record these days. From here onwards, the band travels into all corners of their genre spectrum, exploring groovy, metallic solos that wouldn't feel out-of-place on a Slayer record ("Cyco Style"), into gang-shouted sing alongs on more hardcore oriented tracks such as "This Ain't A Celebration", to experimental classic rock style pieces like "Till My Last Breath". Punk undertones, classic new york hardcore passages, and ferocious thrash metal sections are all aplenty on a record that's full of variety.

There's a reason why Suicidals have been going for 32 years, and "13" demonstrates just why they are often considered to be the best band in the crossover genre. If their 90s output didn't impress you much, be sure to get back into the band on "13", because it's one of their best albums in nearly 20 years. It might not have innovation in terms of their back catalogue (once you've heard a Suicidal record you've heard them all...), but then again their sound is simply unique even in 2013.

Download: Slam City, This Ain't A Celebration, Till My Last Breath, Shake It Out
For the fans of: D.R.I, S.O.D, Infectious Grooves, Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags
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Release date 26.03.2013
Suicidal Records

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