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GFK: In Defence of PoliticsIn Defence of Politics (2002)
New Horizon

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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It seems that recently, every metalcore band has to be influenced in one way or another by Poison the Well. We all know what that means, poorly written faux-poetry about how they just can't seem to get the girl, out of place singing, throw in some soft whispers over gently plucked strings and you'v.

It seems that recently, every metalcore band has to be influenced in one way or another by Poison the Well. We all know what that means, poorly written faux-poetry about how they just can't seem to get the girl, out of place singing, throw in some soft whispers over gently plucked strings and you've got yourself an album. With "In Defence of Politics" GFK brings the social awareness back to metalcore, and it's about time. I haven't seen a band in this genre so fervently devoted to delivering a political message since Earth Crisis.

This 8 song disc begins with the song "Beat the Oppressor" which really gives a blue print for what is to come. Thick riffs, screamed or growled vocals, and speedy drumming. I suppose if I had to make comparisons I'd say they remind me of Earth Crisis and maybe even One King Down. That's not to say that everything on here sounds the same though, this material is diverse enough to hold my attention the whole way through. The use of synth to the choruses of "She Must Rise" and the spoken word intro to "The Herman Fresh Affair" are welcome additions as they allow the band to break from their standard formula.

The lyrics are in English, French, and German, which in itself is fairly impressive. Each song includes a lengthy explanation, clueing you in on the bands motives as they wrote these lyrics. The only real gripe I have here is that like many bands that don't use English as their primary language, some of their lyrics don't seem to translate very well. Take the song "Modern Application" for example: "we must change the use of these ??ethnocentrist' glasses, there is no truth! No!" While I get the basic idea of what they're trying to say and the explanation helps me understand the motives behind the lyrics, their English could use some work.

If political metalcore sounds good to you, GFK is your band. These guys recently signed to G7, so you can expect to hear more from them in the future. Although metalcore has really gone by the wayside and there are few bands worth giving a damn about these days, GFK managed to avoid all the pitfalls of this genre and make a strong impression.

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Anonymous (August 10, 2003)

Rah rah rah

Anonymous (August 10, 2003)

*shitty way of preaching to the converted, since no non-political kids are ever going to willingly pick up a Crass or Subhumans album willingly.


Anonymous (August 10, 2003)

The problem is, the lines in "punk" (which, for me includes hardcore, thrash, and metal since all of those sounds basically came from early 80s England punk) have been drawn such that political punk bands won't even play with non-political ones. It's a shitty thing, since they Also, isn't Discharge metalcore, kinda starting with "Never Again"?


funkisdead (August 7, 2003)

you're right actually

Anonymous (August 6, 2003)

im pretty sure "defense" is an american only spelling. every other english speaking nation spells it defence.

FortyMinutesWest (August 6, 2003)

You're kidding, right?

funkisdead (August 6, 2003)

do they really spell "denfense" wrong?

Anonymous (August 6, 2003)

Suicide File is not metalcore.


FortyMinutesWest (August 5, 2003)

I was talking about metalcore and metalcore only. I'll give you Endeavor and Final Exit though. But Earth Crisis is the first band that popped into my head when I heard this stuff.

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

there is alot more political hardcore and metalcore acts that you may have forgotten. suicide file,endeavour,ignite,final exit, burnt by the sun,malefaction ect.hardcore does need more angry intelligent thought and less emo though.

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

please don't compare a band that actually has a message to a band like earth crisis. all earth crisis did was assemble an army of militant straight edge kids around the world ... their only message was to think like them because it's the right way to think ... when they reigned in syracuse, ny you couldn't even smoke a cigarette anywhere near the venues without worrying about the militant straight edge kids. thankfully earth crisis is gone and things have gotten better.

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

GFK Rocks hard. Go see their live show as well =).

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

the girl hates me

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