Hard rock band Refused have released their fourth studio album, titled Freedom. This is the band's first new studio album since 1998’s The Shape Of Punk To Come. Band members on the album include Dennis Lyxzén on lead vocals, Kristofer Steen on guitars, Magnus Flagge on bass, and David Sandström on drums.
In an interview with FasterLouder, frontman Dennis Lyxzén shared his thoughts about the new album:
I think if we wanted to play it safe we could have just left it. Making a new record is risking it and it’s also making a statement: we’re back, we’re a band, we’re contemporaries. We’re not just traveling about flogging old songs. I know the Ramones always had to play "Blitzgrieg Bop" and that’s fine but we’re here to compete. We not here to play old songs so people can look up with stars in their ears saying, "Oh I remember when I was young..." We’re not that band anymore.
This is the band's first album in 17 years, but they aren't stuck in the past. Refused have always been adventurous, and the production on this album is very modern, with sleek touches of electronic sound effects and synth keyboards. The vocals are as strong as ever, and the album as a whole is very polished.
For the most part, the songs found on Freedom contain complex rhythms, hard hitting drums, rumbling bass lines, intricate guitar riffs, and ear piercing vocals. Lyrically, the album touches on many important topics dealing with religion, politics, and current affairs.
Recommended tracks include "Elektra," "Dawkins Christ," "Françafrique," and "Servants Of Death." It's good to have the band back. Fans of Refused should rejoice with this new batch of revolutionary anthems.
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