Suicidal Tendencies - Collection (Cover Artwork)

Suicidal Tendencies

Suicidal Tendencies: CollectionCollection (2013)
Valberge Recordings

Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: JohnGentileJohnGentile
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コレクション (aka Collection) pulls the daring feat of aiming towards both collectors and newbies. The fact is after their debut album, Suicidal Tendencies radically changed their sound. Instead of being a west coast punk band that flirted with both nihilism and h.

コレクション (aka Collection) pulls the daring feat of aiming towards both collectors and newbies. The fact is after their debut album, Suicidal Tendencies radically changed their sound. Instead of being a west coast punk band that flirted with both nihilism and having a good time for the sake of itself, they rapidly converted into a crossover, or even straight-ahead thrash metal band. While Suicidal Tendencies are basically a different band now and have been for a while, コレクション makes the argument that the band's mid-period is somewhat unfairly overlooked.

コレクション culls tracks from 1988's How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today through 1994's Suicidal for Life. On opening tracks like "How Will I laugh Tomorrow," the band make their argument as one of the underrated thrash bands in the genre. Rocky George's guitar soars like Dan Spitz's. "Waking the Dead" is a crushing '80s mosh number that establishes a killer riff without dropping into sluggish groove metal. When viewed from the context of metal, and not short, sharp punk, it actually works pretty well.

Likewise, the disc finds vocalist Mike Muir trying out new vocal styles. At one point, he growls like Slayer's Tom Araya. At another, he sings almost in a power metal intonation. But it's clear on tracks like "Waking the Dead" that he's most comfortable in his natural Lemmy-meets-hardcore delivery, and it works really well. Those songs storm along with the energy of Motörhead while retaining a metallic edge and could easily pass for, and even beat a few S.O.D. songs.

While longtime fans likely have all those tracks, the disc slips in two things of which collectors might take interest. First, there's an unreleased live track featuring both "War Inside My Head" and "I Want More" taken from a 1990 recording. That's notable because it features ST's metal incarnation taking on their earlier, punkish material. The band convert the tune to their heavy, more massive sound and frankly, it works. Second, the package itself is a work of art. Featuring a skull with the classic ST flipped brim, the cardboard case can be unfolded into a three dimensional model that can look pretty cool sitting on a shelf.

Recommended for hardcore collectors or those interested in checking out ST's middle period.


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droneclone (November 15, 2013)

Everything you just said is spot on, Tom.

TomTrauma (November 15, 2013)

I always thought this band was underrated. Although their style has changed over the years, all of their eras have their moments. Mike Muir is one of the greatest frontman/motivational speakers of all time. Just saw them this summer for the first time in more than 10 years. It was a great show and a very multi-cultural experience.

Rich27 (November 15, 2013)

I remember seeing ST's first UK show back in the late 1980's and they were late on stage apparently because Mike Muir couldn't find his bandana!! The first album rules and everything else pails into insignificance in my view (all other views are valid to those who have them).

droneclone (November 14, 2013)

If you liked Suicidal for Life then I would definitely recommend checking out their other stuff. That's probably my least favorite of theirs but all the albums before that I loved and still do. Their newer material has been pretty hit-or-miss for me. Some of it is great but some of it is just plain bad. Mike Muir can write some embarrassingly silly lyrics but if you don't take it all too seriously and just have fun with it, I think you'll like those earlier albums. Join the Army, How Will I Laugh Tomorrow...., Lights...Camera...Revolution!, and Art of Rebellion are all pretty awesome IMHO. Also, @ John G.---I don't think their mid-period is very overlooked by most people. I'm sure there are a fair amount of people that probably only have their first album and Freedumb but I think most Suicidal fans regard their mid-period as them being at their best.

skolarx (November 13, 2013)

when I was a senior in high school, I loved Suicidal for Life. it hasn't held up as well as other records i got into that year (Let's Go and Punk in Drublic for two that held up well) but it's still pretty listenable. outside of another collection that went from the beginning up through that record, I haven't really checked out too much of their stuff. I should probably check into that one of these days

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