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on 21 October 2001
The wait hasn't been that long (last release was in 2000) yet it has felt like a decade since the Suicide Machines released their last record. But it's finally here, and by god it's good. As soon as track 1, 'the Killing Blow' kicks in, it's clear to the average SM fan that once again, the Machines have strayed from the path of their previous album, but to great effect. As far as i know, the Suicide Machines are the only band in recent memory to drastically change their approach to songwriting and recording with EVERY album release, but fail to disappoint. This new record is as refreshingly differeny as Green Day's 'Warning', and is also likely to be easier to swallow than the aforementioned record. 'Honor among Thieves' is the album's first truly high point, where the band manage to make a NOFX-style song sound original, which you must admit is some feat. The cover of REM's 'End of the World as we know it (and i feel fine) is truly fantastic, and in no way besmirches the good name of REM, but you do need to hear the original to truly appreciate the cover. Peaking many more times in the album, such as 'Scars' and 'Leap of Faith'...
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on 2 July 2003
The band have been around for a long time, and in America they are massive, headlining shows such as the Warped Tour 2003 along side NoFx. Over here in the U.K they are unheard of, why i don't know. They sound different on every album, from Pop-Punk to Hardcore, but their main influences lie with Operation Ivy. Dont get me wrong, Suicide Machines are not Pop-Punk in the Blink 182, New Found Glory, Greenday sense, but in the Epitaph/Fat Wreck way. On this album they have a bit of everything, although this is maybe thier least Ska flavoured album they have released, the lead vocalist still has Tim Armstrongs early Operation Ivy sound. If you want Ska get their first album. If you want well thought through soungs with meaningful, sometimes political lyrics which scan the entire spectrum of modern day punk then this is the album for you.
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on 1 August 2002
I heard the Suicide Machines cover of REM's End of the World on the Evening Session not so long ago and i quite liked it. I reluctantly borrowed it from a friend and whacked it on my stereo. "here goes another disposable pop-punk outing" i thought, but after the first five songs, it occurred to me that these guys were a little more adventurous than the Sum 41's and New Found Glory's out there. You really should listen to it yourself to judge it properly but to give you an idea of album structure: Nimrod by Green Day.
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