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Fuck The Bastards (And The Massacre) - 98%

Warpig, November 3rd, 2008

Nice word play, ey? Well, there are two things I wanted to illustrate with that brilliant headline of mine, namely the similarities between "Fuck The System", "Beat The Bastards" and "The Massacre" and that "Fuck The System" is a masterpiece just like "Beat The Bastards".

In 1990, when basically everybody had written The Exploited off, or at least nobody was really expecting anything mind blowing from them, they released the furious "The Massacre". Another six years went by until they released what is now often considered the best metallic Hardcore album of all time: "Beat The Bastards". In 2003, "Fuck The System" finally combined the best of its two predecessors, i.e. it possessed the heaviness of "Beat The Bastards" and even surpassed the relentlessness of "The Massacre" (both also due to the fantastic "Beat The Bastards"-like production).

"Fuck The System" starts and ends with the two "long tracks" of the album, the title track and "Was It Me". In between The Exploited are blasting through eleven raging songs in 25 minutes! Apart from the already mentioned closer "Was It Me" this album contains only two more mid-tempo tracks, namely the equally anthemic "Never Sell Out" and "You're A Fucking Bastard".

The rest is basically just a barrage of violent Hardcore ("Fucking Liar", "Chaos Is My Life", "Violent Society" or the "Massacre"-like "Noize Annoys"). And even if there is a short break to be found now and then ("Holiday In The Sun", "Lie To Me", "I Never Changed", "Why Are You Doing This To Me"), it only adds to the intensity of this album.

"Fuck The System" combines the best of its predecessors, i.e. the heaviness of the classic "Beat The Bastards" and the relentlessness of "The Massacre" (Wattie even went back to his singing style from that album, which makes it sound even more pissed), which make it one of the best Exploited album and (consequently) one of the best Hardcore albums of all time.