Let’s get something clear, right up front: You need to own this CD.
And now, the review…
Along with “literally,” “survivor” and “Sandusky,” the word “punk” seems to have lost its original meaning: something young, energetic, fresh and joyously rebellious. Punk has now become the generic adjective used to describe everything from Lady Gaga’s wardrobe to crappy Minor Threat cover bands. This vocabulary shift is doubly tragic, as (by the yardstick of punk’s earliest connotation) Krystal System’s Rage is definitely one of the Most Punk records released in recent years. It’s also one of the best.
There are 13 tracks on Rage, and each one merrily assaults the listener’s synapses in a unique way, starting with the hyper-industrial post-punk rantcore of the opening title track, through the piano-laden stompabilly of “I Wanna Be” and into “Tyler’s Waltz,” which intermingles snippets of dialogue from Fight Club and a haunting 3/4 beat.
If you don’t fall in love with the driving-yet-danceable “Parasites,” then you are a sad person who should be dragged, screaming, from your home and executed in the street to the tune of the haughty taunts of your neighbors’ children. If the flawlessly crafted “26 Days” isn’t your cup of tea, then you need to switch to strychnine. Put this CD on when friends come over. If they don’t like it, they’re not your friends. They’re robots.
There’s no excuse for not owning a copy of Rage. None. If you visit someone’s home and don’t spot this release in their CD collection, immediately ask to use their bathroom and take a dump in their tub.
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