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... And boom! You realize that you don't need society.
This indeed is punk... as punk as it gets. Though, this isn't just any regular punk, this is some steroid-injected hardcore punk that excels at high miles. One thing you should know about DRI is that they've always been known for very speedy tunes (not in the grindcore vein, but more like "speedcore") and this album I believe demonstrates some of their fastest tunes ever. I have the original 1987 reissue album amazingly and this presents the real quality sound unlike the remastered albums that came later...
Speed! That's all I think of when I want to play this album. Metal? Well maybe not fully, but the album does definitely present a very metallic-sounding guitar tone and even thrash drum patterns (then again, most thrash is derived from a spunky punk attitude, but still...) Even through the cleanly distorted guitar tones and clean bass tones, you can sense a huge punk "fuck you" vibe and that's the only best way of describing the production of this album. Surprisingly, for a late 80's punk album, this has some great production. Try thinking a cross between Sepultura's "Schizophrenia" and Sex Pistol's "God Save The Queen..." yes that's a weird analogy, but that's the kind of sound this album presents. Dammit, this is suppose to be punk, isn't this suppose to be messy and gritty?!
Kurt Brecht always stood out as a unique vocalist... I never heard a guy sing as fast and yet in such great pace like him. He's mainly what stands out most in all of the songs, and all of the songs do have their own identities and are memorable. Yes, the band itself stands out as well obviously, but try listening to tracks like "No Sense" and see what I mean. That song is pretty amazing because of Kurt's signature style of speed singing. "I Don't Need Society," the opening track, is another great track which, to me at least, is the most punkiest track on the album. It possesses the catchiness of a good old moshable punk song and when I heard this song, I didn't think about DRI being metal, but just being punk. Some tracks, like "Why," are no longer than 20 seconds and are plain punk, while tracks like "Couch Slouch," are the more "untypical" punk songs which are longer than 1:30. There's so many songs on this album to go over, but to summarize it for you, they're all great. It doesn't hurt to mention that these so called "anarchist/fuck society" kind of lyrics are very intelligent and well thought out. They aren't just "fuck society... revolt!" style lyrics like typical punk anthems, but they're more humorous with a huge message behind the lyrics.
This is hands down some great stuff and essential for any punk enthusiast or even old school thrash fans. If there's one punk album a metalhead should have in their collection of metal music, it should be this album by the Dirty Rotten Imbeciles. Go get it now and mosh to the anthems bitch!
Ear Candy: Every track has it's day so all the tracks, in short, are great.