When people tell you that an album is going to change your life, you dont tend to believe them. It is a claim that is bandied around with ceaseless abandon these days, and so often falls short of the mark. When i heard the band Refused referred to in reverential tones by a number of music journalists, i thought about checking them out. i then promptly forgot. a while later, i miraculously stumbled on a copy of their album "The Shape Of Punk To Come" in a record store, and decided on a whim to buy it. Well, 12 songs later, and i was a different person. the ceaseless sonic invention, surging guitars, and dennis lyxzen's impassioned screams. this album was a pure work of art from start to finish. i spent many a lazy teenage day flicking through the political manifesto in the linear notes, listening to the bands furious musical protest. this was the album that opened my mind, politically and musically. from then on, no more pop chart nu metal tat for me. it was black flag, minor threat, the dead kennedys. refused changed my life for the better. theyll change yours too. believe it.