Refused have shared the first single from their upcoming album, War Music. Listen and check out the music video for "Blood Red" above on YouTube.
Since breaking up in 1998 and reforming in 2012, the Swedish hardcore band have continued to be a dominant force in the scene with a lot to say. "Blood Red" is a smashing good time, with fast-paced guitars, slamming drums, and dynamic vocals. The lyrics compliment the song's aggressive nature with images of blood and anger for our current political situation with the verse, "Time for some militance / The fight will come down to us and them / Joined we could represent / The last gasp of the 1%."
Directed by Daniel Gray, the fast-paced video pays homage to the band's hardcore fans. Archival footage shows Refused performing at different venues as the viewer gets a sense of how intense and passionate their live shows are — especially the mosh pit.
Refused shared lyrics from Leonard Cohen's song "Everybody knows" and a strong statement about society's climate on their Facebook page:
”Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
In the present moment, we who believe in the equal distribution of wealth in a egalitarian, ecological direct democracy, we who use gender-neutral pronouns and words like solidarity, moral responsibility, intersectionality and class warfare, we who believe in the Marxist dictum "from each according to ability, to each according to need" are on our back foot, on our backs, backed up against the wall, surrounded by enemies, our movement curtailed, our rights violated. It's been clear for some time: the sun is setting on our beliefs.
But we still believe that capitalism is cancer
and we still believe it can be cured.
We still believe that the patriarchy is cancer
and we still believe it too can be cured.
We still believe in the power of art to transform and expand the mind.
And last but by no means least:
We still believe in the total violent obliteration of the one percent.
Blood red until we're fucking dead
War Music is scheduled for release on October 18. Pick it up on Amazon.
The band have a couple of festival appearances lined up this month before they head out on a European tour with Thrice. For concert tickets and more, check out the Refused Zumic artist page.