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RefusedThe Shape Of Punk To Come (A Chimerical Bombination In 12 Bursts)

Label:Burning Heart Records – BHR MoCliff 013, Startracks – BHR MoCliff 013
Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Hardcore, Punk, Prog Rock


A1Worms Of The Senses / Faculties Of The Skull
A2Liberation Frequency
A3The Deadly Rhythm
A4Summerholidays Vs. Punkroutine
A5Bruitist Pome #5
A6New Noise
A7The Refused Party Program
B1Protest Song '68
B2Refused Are Fuckin Dead
B3The Shape Of Punk To Come
B4Tannhäuser / Derivè
B5The Apollo Programme Was A Hoax

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The lower right live photo on the front cover of Dennis Lyxzén is unique for this pressing. On later pressings the live photo is changed to a photo of Jon Brännström playing guitar instead. Comes with insert and black inner sleeve.

Mastering studio and - engineer uncredited, identifed by the etched scheme in the matrix runout.
Pressing company uncredited, identifed by the etched name in the matrix runout.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7391946079209
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched): BHR 071 A PD-CR Audiodisc 980121
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched): BHR 071 B PD-CR Audiodisc 980121


samaney's profile picture
Does anyone know what the numbers after the track names refer to on the back? They don't appear to refer to seconds.
markpotato's profile picture
Still kind of a masterpiece. In response to an earlier review stating that it's not punk as its title states and that punk didn't end up sounding like this, the title is an homage to Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come, which similarly, was not what jazz ended up sounding like. That album was more like "The Shape of Ornette Coleman's Jazz to Come" because he carved such a unique niche for himself that even the most similar artists were not so similar. This album cover too is an homage to jazz album covers from the late 50s and early 60s which was a major turning point in the genre. The title signifies change, transformation, progression.
rchecka's profile picture
They can call it punk in the title, but this is NOT a punk record. It's one thing to have some cross genre fusion elements injected into it for the sake of the evolution of sound, but it's an entirely different thing to throw the baby out with the bathwater, drop even the simplest most basic foundations of punk music and then act like this is how punk is from now on. If it was truly "future" punk as they so boldly implied, it certainly didn't catch on, because even now no real punk sounds anything like that. It's got to look like a duck and talk like a duck to be a duck.

I like the album, but it's not the punk revolution it promised to be. I'm all for musicians breaking the mold and innovation in general but if you call a minivan a sports car, gear heads are going to still call it a minivan despite their advertisements.
ccfixx's profile picture
Correct me if I'm wrong, but there haven't been any remastered CD releases of this album, have there? There's a 96kHz/24bit download of the album from the 2010 remaster available from Pono, HDTracks, etc., but I just wanted to confirm that outside of the LP reissues the 2010 remaster isn't available on a physical format?
Maffew's profile picture
Edited 14 years ago
Quite possibly the most influential release in the 90's on the current main stream hard rock/metal sound, which can be heard in bands such as The Used, Hawthorne Heights and countless others. This album combined elements of traditional breakdown hardcore with screamo while retaining song composition, the likes that hasnt been seen since the early days of Bad Brains. While "humble" wouldnt describe the bands effort here, they certainly werent above stepping outside the boundaries of the traditional format of the days hardcore elements.

This sociopolitical laden concept album sacrifices nothing in the way of auditory complexity. Songs like "The Shape of Punk to Come" reveal layer after layer of sonic depth. Tracks flow into each other and create a non-stop experience that makes it hard to listen to just one song. The album provides a great commentary on the current climate that is still relevant 10 years after the fact.