Just in case you have stumbled on this record by accident, I should start by writing that Perkele are a Swedish band that has a large and growing following on the streets of Europe, with each new release seeing their underground appeal broaden. They have put out many albums of working-class anthems that show how the poor and oppressed can rise above the c**p that society puts upon us, if we stand united and stick to our roots. If this is your first Perkele album then you are in for a treat. So what, then, is it like? Well, to be honest, it contains the elements that crop up on all of their albums; uplifting and inspirational lyrics, spine chilling guitar breaks and an atmosphere that feels so correct. Unlike some bands, who sometimes sound as if they are going through the motions, Perkele are a band that sound totally authentic. This new record has some class sing along numbers, such as 'Believe' but also more mid tempo tracks, including my favourite 'Above You All' which features a lovely guitar intro that even my wife enjoyed. Overall I would say this album is a worthy addition to a back catalogue that most bands would kill for. Lastly, I should add that I recently attended the North London Punx Picnic - in a Perkele t-shirt - and was treated to three strangers serenading me with a drunken version of 'Heart Full of Pride', as I waited for the bus home - an indication of how many people are aware of Perkele in other parts of Europe. One day, soon, the rest of the world will wake up to these Swedish songsters who wear their hearts with such pride.
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