anaminal

Refused - The Shape Of Punk To Come (A Chimerical Bombination In 12 Bursts) anaminal

September 29, 2018
is there any difference between the 1 and 2 disc versions? is there any reason not to get the single disc rather than having the music spread across two discs?
markpotato

Refused - The Shape Of Punk To Come (A Chimerical Bombination In 12 Bursts) as reviewed by markpotato

May 29, 2017
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

Refused - The Shape Of Punk To Come (A Chimerical Bombination In 12 Bursts) as reviewed by rchecka

February 3, 2016
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.
rchecka

Refused - The Shape Of Punk To Come (A Chimerical Bombination In 12 Bursts) rchecka

January 19, 2017
"punk rock, if it were to remain threatening and potent, couldn’t keep sounding like punk rock"

Threatened and potent is the inherent sound of punk you cannot remove those elements. That's like saying "Blues music, if it remained about being down and out and kept it's improvised blues twang, couldn't keep sounding like blues."

These elements that make punk punk once gone make the music not punk. You cannot make chocolate cake with vanilla.
AnalogueLight

Refused - The Shape Of Punk To Come (A Chimerical Bombination In 12 Bursts) AnalogueLight

January 18, 2017
Well, first of all: This is hardcore and hardcore has drastically changed over time. Punk and hardcore do not sound so much like they've used to in the beginning.
Secondly: "because even now no real punk sounds anything like that." That's because most nowadays punk bands haven't learned the lesson or have fully understood the point Refused have made. Oddly enough many "punk" bands are influenced by Refused but sadly picked up on the wrong things.
"The thesis of 'The Shape of Punk to Come' – outlined clearly throughout the record – is that punk rock, if it were to remain threatening and potent, couldn’t keep sounding like punk rock."
nilovz

Refused - The Shape Of Punk To Come (A Chimerical Bombination In 12 Bursts) nilovz

March 24, 2016
does that even matter? geez, this is even tagged as PROG ROCK here...
ccfixx

Refused - The Shape Of Punk To Come (A Chimerical Bombination In 12 Bursts) ccfixx

June 30, 2015
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

Refused - The Shape Of Punk To Come (A Chimerical Bombination In 12 Bursts) as reviewed by Maffew

February 28, 2007
edited over 12 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.