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on 11 October 2004
Before Leftover Crack, combining ska and black metal was the kind of thing that people joked about. But then they came along, did it, and it worked great!
This album is not as funny as No Gods/No Managers as there's less Death Metal excess - fewer songs about taking drugs, worshipping the devil and killing yourself, but it's a lot better than Mediocre Generica. While the previous album, Mediocre Generica, sounded half-finished and padded out with poor songs and 30-second interludes, this record sounds a lot more polished and a lot more METAL!
Of course the main advantages that LOC have is Sturge, their vocalist, who sounds like some kind of movie demon with his high-pitched throaty shriek, and their ability to combine punk and metal and ska genres to great effect. They're also a surprisingly thoughtful band. Despite being crude, foul mouthed and punkish, the left-wing politics are well represented and the lyrics are suitably cynical and idealistic.
So, over all, this is a good album with a political message and a great metal sound. To be honest, I slightly miss all the satan worshipping as it made me laugh, but I guess they've replaced all that with an important message.
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on 9 November 2004
They Still Cannot reach the perfection that was Choking V But Theyre pretty close with this effort. Some Quality songs on here like one dead cop, gang contol (originally done by morning glory). and of course feed the children (book Of Lies)I know LOC aint choking victim anymore and they have changed theyre style a teeny weeny bit, But i loved em when they were more raw and sounded more like the dirty sqautters that they are, O wells Still love this band and i'm gonna see at rock city on the 28th with the explouited and G.B.H I can't wait
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on 2 October 2004
In my opinion this is LoC's best work. The lyrics are more sophisticated and they have improved musically. There are more ska style songs on this album which I prefer as I feel they are better at that then the heavier stuff they do. They have definitely improved on mediocre generica which was already excellent. Buy this album.
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