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Beatsteaks: Smack SmashSmack Smash (2004)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: Elmar
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Berlin's Beatsteaks return with their long appreciated fourth album "Smack Smash". The rise of the Beatsteaks started 1995, a deal with Epitaph and three highly triumphant records later the band finds itself at the crossroads where the next record decides between total superstardom (at least in Germ.

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Berlin's Beatsteaks return with their long appreciated fourth album "Smack Smash". The rise of the Beatsteaks started 1995, a deal with Epitaph and three highly triumphant records later the band finds itself at the crossroads where the next record decides between total superstardom (at least in Germany) or mediocrity. That is the time when Smack Smash is released.

It is always a great moment when you got the new record of a great band which predecessors blew you away. Even more when the band promised "the best record up to date". The moment even gets better when you hear the first beats and you know it was worth waiting for.

That´s what happended to me when I first heard the new Beatsteaks record. Even for me as a non-die-hard-fan of the band the anticipation was immense. What these guys put on vinyl rocks from second one. Snotty, bold as brass, melodic, original and full of fresh ideas - it´s all on the 12 tracks of this record what modern punk rock has to offer. The bandwidth varies from poppy stuff up to Ramones-like. Influences such as early punk rock like the Misfits or the Clash can also be heard as their love for modern punk and rock like Alkaline Trio or even the Strokes. Especially to mention maybe the homage to Joe Strummer "Hello Joe", "Hand In Jand", "Monster" or "What's Coming Over You".

Compared to it's predecessors the record is quite different, they are another step away from the more hardcore inspired tunes from past days. One of the bands home games always was performing on stage. So they captured the energy of a live show on the recording by having a raw and "live" stuio sound. It´s just plugged in and played their asses off.

The record is perfect for the band as a comeback record. Concerning it's effect on everyone who badly was looking forward to this record it could be described perfectly as a pendant to last year's Rancid masterpiece "Indestructible", it´s the record the Get Up Kids hopefully have made with the "Guilt Show" and The Hives really would love to have recorded.

 

 
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Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

Do not dismiss this band... actually listen to Living Targets and Launched the full length through each album and you will be suprisingly impressed... they're not the best band but have you ever heard anything this good from Germany? no... every country needs a staple punk band... this is it for Germany

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

My absolute favourits!
I atomically love this band! ;)
Don´t ever say, they "want" Hitler or anything!

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

cheap MTV/VIVA mainstream alternative rock! but live are they ok..

Anonymous (April 5, 2004)

labels not epitaph, its warner in europe at least

btw, MTV get off the air. beatsteaks are just the german blink674

Anonymous (April 2, 2004)

no, leave ME alone

Anonymous (April 2, 2004)

to the guy a few posts below. i think he meant anticipated. leave him alone

Anonymous (April 1, 2004)

Bunch of nazis. Don't buy any of their cd's. They support terror, Hitler and acronyms.

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

Score's for that song Summer by these guys, one of the best songs I've heard. Seriously.

- Fatty Arbuckle

tyroneshoelaces (March 30, 2004)

Figure it out Tonite on an old Punkorama rips by these guys, I'll have to check this out

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

as much as I like Rancid, you can hardly call Indestructible a "masterpiece."

inagreendase (March 30, 2004)

"long appreciated"

But it came out this year...?

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

Great band, It's a shame epitaph didn't do a damn thing for their last CD "Living Targets"

Hopefully they will tour in the US soon!

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

its pretty sweet, I am actually listening to it right now..."this is atomic love"...

very rough sound but not nearly as heavy as their earlier stuff (sadly)

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

So....what does it sound like, exactly?

-glad im not emo

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

The record was released in Germany March 1st.

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

I didn't know this cd was out already?

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

I had to throw out my steak tonight because it had gone bad.

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