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Total Chaos

Total Chaos: Battered and SmashedBattered and Smashed (2012)
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Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: GlassPipeMurderGlassPipeMurder
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What can be said of Total Chaos that hasn't already been pinned to a leather jacket or posted to a Warped Tour messageboard by some dweeb in his basement? To be fair, Total Chaos (or "Total Posers" as they've been called by one unnamed Epitaph band after witnessing their alleged prima donna behav.
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What can be said of Total Chaos that hasn't already been pinned to a leather jacket or posted to a Warped Tour messageboard by some dweeb in his basement?

To be fair, Total Chaos (or "Total Posers" as they've been called by one unnamed Epitaph band after witnessing their alleged prima donna behavior) has done a remarkable job of marketing themselves over the years, despite constant lineup changes, disbanding and reforming. And of course, the fact that they've never been a particularly compelling band musically or lyrically.

Thing is, though, they've always done a decent enough job to keep the punx singing, through a combination of inane slogans and the occasional catchy singalong. On Battered and Smashed it's the album opener "Hooligans Holiday" that holds all the weight, with nothing nearly as good coming thereafter. "Do the Tony" has a pretty enjoyable gang chorus singalong with a nice guitar lead, but other than there isn't much to reason to hit repeat.

"Total Massacre" is a total ripoff of Rancid's "Dead Bodies," "Going Down" is a weak attempt at reggae and "Delirium" is purposefully dumb but bland. There are just too few hooks on songs like "Wake Up America!" and "Waste Away My Life" for any replay value, which both heavily channel Lower Class Brats but without the fun.

Total Chaos aren't particularly bad at what they do, but what they do ain't great. If you really need a street punk fix, get yourself some Swingin' Utters, One Man Army, hell…even Cheap Sex had its moments. This one's strictly for the diehards.

 


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seth_uber_alles (August 11, 2012)

Saw them with the Exploited when I was about 15 circa 2003? I went alone, sandwiched in between spiked leather jackets in the pit. The show was pretty forgettable. I just find them kind of useless when there are a billion other bands who do/did this kind of thing way better. I'd rather just listen to Discharge or Tragedy.

elliot (August 10, 2012)

I had no idea they were still a band! I loved them when I was 14, because all I cared about was finding the punkest possible band. Then like 9 months later I realized "Oh wait, these guys kinda suck."

FelixT (August 10, 2012)

Too much hair product for my taste.

skolarx (August 10, 2012)

please tell me that they still have the guy with the weird mohawk-ish hair thing going on where he was totally bald so it was like 2 fins on the side of his head. (please bear in mind I haven't seen or heard anything about these guys since 96) I think he was calling himself Ronald McMurder or something equally stupid

gregthegreg (August 10, 2012)

Made the mistake of going to see them a few years ago... one of the worst shows (not including "local" shows) I've been to.

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