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Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards

Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards: VikingViking (2004)
Hellcat Records

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With their second release, Viking, Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards return with twice the musical fury and creativity of their self-titled debut (2001) and about ten times the stupidity. While the new album, which was produced and co-written by Tim Armstrong, blasts out of your speakers with the.
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With their second release, Viking, Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards return with twice the musical fury and creativity of their self-titled debut (2001) and about ten times the stupidity.

While the new album, which was produced and co-written by Tim Armstrong, blasts out of your speakers with the unbridled intensity that was missing from Rancid's latest effort, it's completely devoid of the lyrical sophistication, conscience or charm that Frederiksen's other band can showcase. Instead, we get nearly 40 minutes of Lars bragging about rolling with his crews, fucking prostitutes and underage girls, getting in fights, drinking, doing dope and brandishing weapons. And unlike the 2001 release, there doesn't seem to be a point to it. This time around, rather than lamenting about his violent and wild youth in Campbell, he's singing like he never grew up at all.

And there's not a shred of social commentary (not that anyone necessarily should be looking to the Bastards for that) or even gritty poetry to be found on this disc, like there was in some of the band's memorable songs from three years ago. Unless you count gems like, "I've done every hooker from here to Toledo," or "You broke my heart/I dug your ditch/Now I'm coming after you, you dirty bitch!/I'm gonna murder you!" (Sorry Lars, but GG did it much better).

You may catch yourself singing along to tunes like Fight, 1% and Switchblade (which features Skinhead Rob from the Transplants rapping about his arsenal of firearms and Lars singing about his trusty knife), but you'll probably feel like a moron in the process.

Even the album art is a little questionable. The insert booklet is filled with pictures of Lars posing with naked groupies in hotel rooms (plus one of S.R. with a gun in his hand and a buxom blonde stripper in his lap). And on top of it all, they had the nerve to censor it, so we don't even get a full view of Lars' orgy of misogyny. The shame!

Still, shortcomings aside, Viking isn't a horrible album. Lars is a superb punk rock guitarist, Big Jay is a damned good bassist and the Bastards serve up some great "street punk rock and roll" and even try some new things. They slow it down for a folksy "My Life to Live" (reminiscent of the Dropkick Murphys when they're trying to sound Irish) and bring in everything from violin and piano to mandolin (played by Matt Freeman) for Frederiksen to talk over on the hilariously bad ending track "The Viking".

Too bad the experimentation didn't work out. The cover of the Blasters' old-time sounding rockabilly song "Marie Marie" is well-executed but out of place, as is the recycled Rancid B-side "Little Rude Girl" (also known as "Do You Wanna Dance With Me?") and "The Viking" is downright laughable, from the starting acoustic guitar chords and Frederiksen's spoken-word intro ("Well, how do you do? My name's Lars and I'm from Campbell, Ca, but you might know that by now.") to the lame chorus ("And I know I'm married to the sea....").

Frankly, the Bastards are best this time around when they're playing so fast that you can't make out the words Lars is singing without turning to the porno mag/lyric booklet, and luckily, that's the case with about half the songs on the album. The best thing I can say about the Bastards' brand of gangsta punk is that its gratuitous sex and violence would probably offend Bill O'Reily more than any of the rhetoric on the many political albums released this year. But that can't save this disc.... All in all, it's an average release and worth a few listens, but it seems like it will grow old fast.

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Time Again - Darker DaysRancid - ... And Out Come The WolvesBouncing Souls - Bouncing SoulsTeenage Bottlerocket - They Came from the ShadowsScreeching Weasel - Boogada Boogada BoogadaRoger Miret and The Disasters - 1984Roger Miret and The Disasters - Roger Miret & The DisastersRancid - Rancid (1993)Operation Ivy - Operation IvyBlack Flag - Damaged

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upthepunx13 (November 14, 2006)

awesome album prolly one of the best iv ever heard.

Anonymous (August 18, 2005)

This album is great... if you take away the lyrics which are horrible. The music is good. Lyrics horrible. "Skinhead" Rob's lyrics are even more horrible than Lars'. Please drop that guy. Not much more to say.

I just hope that both Tim and Lars return to Rancid and never go back to those side-projects.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

this is the best thing mr. frederiksen ever made.

Anonymous (June 21, 2005)

I think you should all give lars a break. He has been into punk for a long time and I think that he deserves respect. How can you judge the way somone lives their lives if you havent been through the shit they have? He was in the hells angels when he was a kid for god's sake! A lot of people say how he has turned his back on his roots and beliefs. He has 'SKUNX' tattoed on his forehead, a gang he was in a long time before rancid. And the hookers thing? Come on, if you were on tour for AGES and had just been divorced, im sure you would be tempted! Lars does what he wants, and in my opinion he deserves that right. Rancid, LFB and Transplants are alllllll amazin bands and i think you guys should just respect them for being who they are.

Anonymous (May 5, 2005)

this record was effin awsom. and for everyone who keeps saying 'fuck lars, rancid sucks blaahhh' if you hate the band, why are you commenting, these comments are opinions about the record, not who you hate. if you said you didnt like the record, so be it, it rele doesnt affect me, and it probably wont affect lars or anyone who did anything to make this record. and if your gunna argue, find somewhere else to do it.

Anonymous (May 5, 2005)

this record was effin awsom. and for everyone who keeps saying 'fuck lars, rancid sucks blaahhh' if you hate the band, why are you commenting, these comments are opinions about the record, not who you hate. if you said you didnt like the record, so be it, it rele doesnt affect me, and it probably wont affect lars or anyone who did anything to make this record. and if your gunna argue, find somewhere else to do it.

readmag (March 6, 2005)

This album is Lars trying to overcompensate to regain some punk cred. He fails miserably and the music sucks besides.

Anonymous (February 24, 2005)

I doubt Tim has Cancer! The Transplants are gonna play the Warped Tour 2005. I dont think Tim would agree to play the Warped Tour if he had cancer

luke (February 15, 2005)

oh yeh, also he didnt mention any bullshit about tim having cancer!!! haha, tims making the new transplants record at the moment! and rancid are making their new 1 in december.....surely he wud have sed sumin, also he talked about a lot of ppl that hes lost at the show and a lot of his friends, if u were there, im sure ud see how he wud have almost certainly mentioned that tim was ill if he was.

luke (February 15, 2005)

i think that u all need 2 go fuck urselves, all of u that is who cant accept lars for who he is,m hes been thru shit, tims been thru shit, they bot hwrote the songs, theyre jst being a couple of lads writing bout hte shit theyve been thru and the fun times theyve had in their past......recent past or distant,....... and yes i can fuckin talk, i was at a lars show last nite and i did meet him and he is one of the most humble blokes u cud ever hope to possibly meet. hes been my hero in a long time and he took the piss outa the crowd, wound them up fuckin bad, talk bout shit far longer than he shud have, but he was fuckin inspiring , for those of u who cant accept him for who he is, dont fuckin listen 2 him u wankers!!!! oh yes, its so punk rock to be all anti stuff and all that mother fucking bullshit, PUN KROCK IS WHATEVER THE FUCK YOU WANT IT TO BE! THERES NO FUCKIN RULES! BE WHO YOU ARE, LET OTHERS BE WHO THEY ARE, LET LARS BE WHO HE IS, and if u dnt like it, dont listen 2 it , and dont waste ur time giving him shit. we called him a ledge and he sed fuck no im not, lemmy's a ledge......hes not a bad guy. a bit up his own ass, but only cuz he likes windin ppl up

Anonymous (January 23, 2005)

Tim having cancer is bullshit until their is an actuall annoncement so somebody better leave a link to it to get the truth!

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

"...and ten times the stupidity" ha ha totally agree

I hope they were ironic when they wrote the lyrics, otherwise it's just sad.
the Viking! the Asshole would bee a more appropriate name

PsychoOS231 (December 9, 2004)

Awesome album, I'm glad you all love it.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

Lars frederiksen fucking rocks< and those who don"t agree suck

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

you people are all fuckin lame. bangin hookers, killin people, and doin dope is the shit i want to listen to. thats the kinda shit that is punk as fuck. you people can listen to your fuckin political hippie bullshit cds. listen to the viking thats what punk is all about. and like any of you people are anything but fashion punks. get off the computer and go live in a squat ya fuckin losers.

Anonymous (August 24, 2004)

OK, Her'es my theory..Did you know Pink! ditched Lars from
washup Tommy Lee? So to make up for it: Lars is taking the MotleyCrue way of life up to make up for being ditched. The funny part is on the Epitaphsite there's a article on the WarpedTour with Lars badmouthin the MotleyCrue way of life.
Lars is no longer a "streetpunk" anyway. He went Hollywood with Tim and wrote this album in his freetime in Tokyo. That ain't very "roots" now is it? Not to mention they documented these sessions in film and stills. Do "workingclass" punks
write albums on vacation in expensive countries?These guys are the SpinalTap of punk now. So fucking self-important. Did you know Lars drives an SUV? Has pictures of himself screened so he doesn't look fat? He hasn't worked a real job in over 10years. He told Hitlist a few years back that he's sober. And anytime they put a mike on him he won't shut up about the Clash. These guys are just a bunch of fashion punx. Maybe Lars should put some corpsepaint like those BlaclMetal guys and talk about Odin like a real Viking. I doubt that Lars will see, and if he does, no worries he can't read anyway......

Anonymous (August 13, 2004)

this cd is stonkin

tradbird (August 9, 2004)

The music is good, and the reviewer is correct about being able to sing along and feeling dumb about it. Let's all take it for what it is, an attempt to tell Lars's ex-wife 'fuck you." (I think Tim is getting some fuck yous into Brody too.) Wouldn't you write an entire ablum about screwing women left and right, violence, and murdering an un-named woman who hurt ya if you were done "wrong." I guess I would, if I was a man with money to blow and the need to over compensate.

I love Rancid, (everything but Life Won't Wait), but Lars and Tim hit a mid life crisis a bit early. And I if they are decent fellows they will look back on this album and chuckle at themselves. And props to Matt Freeman for his mandolin playing. Freeman is truely a great musican, who proved he can blow me away by anything he does.

Anonymous (July 29, 2004)

OH MY GOD!!!! I just hear not only did tim get a lung removed he also had his left foot removed and his left thumb. Now he cant play guitar. What are you dumb fucks that believe this going to do.

Anonymous (July 29, 2004)

it just gets fucking worse..........

Anonymous (July 29, 2004)

o my go i just heard today about tims cancer thats so tragic rancid changed my life he is so talented and i really hope he get better which i know he will because tim is a fighter....the seattle punx!!!

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

Is this rumor true?? Because I have not seen it mentioned anywhere but here. I mean 2 or 3 people could just be spreading this rumor which may not be true.

Anonymous (July 27, 2004)

O my god i heard the about tims tumour and it is official, oh my god i really dont know how i will cope if tim doesnt survive, i have been a rancid fan since the beginning and have seen them many times, me and tim get on prettty well aswell, this is so saddening it is a sad time for us all love to all u rancid punx..... Crazy kev

Anonymous (July 27, 2004)

tim, if this new is true get better as soon as possible. you totally changed my life and ur music helped me out whenever i was down. thanks for all you've done, and i don't know what i'd do without you and rancid. and that goes for you too lars, and great job on viking

Anonymous (July 26, 2004)

that isn't true, tim doesn't have cancer, why would lars still be doing shows if his best friend was almost dead. and patricia and nekroman wouldn't leave their condolenses on some forum on a website. and if i'm wrong, which i hope to god i'm not, tim you better get fucking better

Anonymous (July 26, 2004)

how did you find out about tim having cancer, if its on some site can you leave a link to it or something thanks

Anonymous (July 26, 2004)

The lyrics suck, the music's average blah blah...it's been said before and it's true. I don't care if I don't agree with a band's lyrics (I listen to Skrewdriver, Brutal Attack, Midtown Bootboys etc and I'm part Jewish for god's sake) but as long as they are somewhat intelligent and the music's good I can stand them. Not in this case. This band should also change their name because they are a disgrace to the old Finnish band the Bastards. I think everyone in the universe will agree that "Skinhead Rob" needs to be exposed to a significant amount of Michael Jackson pornography and then launched far into space. But then if aliens ever came across him they would probably want to kill all humans due to his lame ass gayness. I do enjoy some of Rancid's material, well at least I did until that dickheaded loser started showing up-I still don't see what rap has to do with skinheads and punks in the first place.

On a side note Lars and the Bastards played here (San Antonio) about a month ago-I went to hang around the parking lot but wasn't about to spend the $12 to get in. My friends and I noticed that Lars was shooting guns in the parking lot, wearing a cowboy hat and was probably saying "howdy" and "y'all" in conversations. Thanks again asshole, underline all the stereotypes of our great state just because you're from Fagifornia.

And Minor Threat and Black Flag being fashion punk bands? Right, well I'm sure they go great together with other mall punk favorites like Lip Cream, Svart Sno, Riistetyt, Colera and the Execute. Grow some fucking balls and realize that just because a band's merchandise has been soiled by Hot Topic or some other mainstream crap doesn't mean you have to stop listening to good music.

Anonymous (July 25, 2004)

The reviewer of this album is a douche bag. It seems that people that review albums always criticize change and when you are that closed-minded from the beginning, your reviews are worthless. Although the content in the songs is somewhat lacking, the music is great punk rock. The last track, "The Viking" can be taken as a joke but seems to be of a more serious conotation. Lars seems to be speaking from the heart in a punk rock sort of way and whether you love it or hate, you gotta respect it.

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

Yeah its true, tim has a bad tumor growing, it does not look good!!! i hope he doesnt pass away to it though, bye byee -caseyjxx

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

you guys are all assholes.

this cd is not out to change your lives or make some sort of statement about the world, it just kicks ass and is fun to listen to. stop being so stupid, you yo-yo's.

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

Tim/Cancer is bullshit until officially announced.

RANCIDPUNX33 (July 23, 2004)

Tim i hope u come through with everything man im a very big fan i saw u with operation ivy back in 88 in Sacramento.and of all ur work goin back to operation ivy through rancid to the stuff u do with lars and the bastards, all of your bands have made a large impact on my life and honestly to loose you to cancer would be to the same effect as loosing joe strummer to me. you are a great inspiration to alot of young punx and old ive seen alot of young punx come up on ur shit. just lettin ya know man it would be a devistating event if u were to leave, and u got the support of all the Rancid punx in this area thanx

the album is a great album its a mix of some diff musical genra's and i think its great not as great as the last one but still pretty good.

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

does anyone know where we can find actual news about Tim having cancer? this is the only place I've seen it mentioned.

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

im suprised people still expect something from racnid and lars and any of their affiliates.

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

thanx pat n nekroman...tim is doing all right he has has his right lung removed and is now on breathing aparatus...he'll pull through...respect to ya all LARS

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

im so worried about tim i hope he pulls through with his cancer treatment...love u tim patricia and nekroman!xx

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

Anyone who dont like this album deserves to get their fuckin guts ripped the fuck out and spewed up their own shitters, fuckin dumb cunts go to hell

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

I just wish Lars and Tim would piss Skinhead Rob off once and for good. I mean everyone can argue about whats punk and whats not punk.... but at the least we know that shit gangsta rap "hoes, money, gunz" attitude is NOT punk and it will never be.

If you read any of the interviews with Rob around the time that the transplants album was released, he sounds like he has the IQ of a filing cabinet.

I just remember his answer to the question "What are you listening to at the moment?"

Rob's response: 50 cent.

Nuff said.

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

EPITAPH ERASING FAN REVIEWS

My biggest problem is this. On the Epitaph website there is a section below each record for Fan Reviews. Within the first few days of the release many people including myself left our thoughts on the record and I guess Epitaph or the band didnt like the outcome. They erased all of the reviews that were left for anything Lars related and removed the fan review section from both his records and videos. I later left a review for the Hellcat Movie Trailer and in it I mentioned that I thought it was wrong to delete unfavororable reviews. They then deleted that review as well. This was just something that I found disturbing and worth mentioning to all of you. Go check the link at the bottom and you will notice these are the only records on the whole site that you cant comment on.

http://www.epitaph.com/bands/index.php?id=381

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

To the guy below your fucking right.

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

hahahah since i got the album me and my friends laughed and luaghed at the ending track... its just so stupid! it sounds like nora jones. lol the rest of the CD is awesome tho, switchlade is a sweet song and the blasters cover is great love it.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

GG Allin... search interpunk.com

theantimoron (July 21, 2004)

what, or whom, is GG

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

This is hardly offensive to anyone and like the reviewer said...GG did it alot better and it wasn't just an act for him.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

what the hell do you think rocknroll was? you can not like hip-hop influenced punk or rap but thats coz its rocknroll.
rocknroll is the white conservative sounding pricks like you being afraid of other whites understanding and likeing black music. it goes back to the slaves in the fields, playing or singing blues, then elvis made it cool for white folk. lars is just doing the same coz he doesn't see them as any less

samuraigrrrl (July 20, 2004)

HA HAH HAHAHA !!!! Now that Ska is passe...
Grow a Spine Lars! I love the new Confederacy of Scum look though. Gangsta Rap quality lyrics, what's next?
A country album? Atleast Waylon Jenning was a straight shooter and not a BS artist like the Rancid Crew. It's like they want to sellout, but no one's buying. MAybe you guys could ask Danzig where the better strip clubs are for your new tour. Atleast Danzig never ran around barking about his "Punk Cred" like these losers have been for the past 10yrs. Lars,
you're a jock in a "punk outfit". I guess we should have seen this coming, the videos from the last Rancid album used hired women to hang with them. Couldn't you have atleast asked your fans? I think I've finally figured this all out, Rancid/Lars=
The new Motley Crue for new century! That's right, recycle the metal marketing add a dash of ghetto sexism and babble
on about street cred and Viola! LFATB in a baking dish!
I hate to say, this but expect a new AA attending Lars by year 2006.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

most of us agree about the skinhead rob guy... are we just too closed minded to not see what tim wants us to see about him ?

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

"theres a psychobilly fad? damn where have I been the only fad going around is the kids wearing minor threat shirts and the screamo shit."

you must not have caught the punks vs psychos tour....
yes, its sad but true, there is a psychobilly fad currently permeating highschools all throughout the country.
Those silly kids.. what will they think of next?

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

I've yet to hear the new album, so I can't comment yet. I think a lot of erratic (in my opinion) behavior from Tim and Lars recently is due to their divorces. It's kind of like they're overcompensating or some shit. I remember reading a Rollingstone article that quoted Tim as saying that he was going to "Make out with as many girls as possible" while at some celebrity party, in an effort to give Brody the finger. Just doesn't seem typical of the guy. I digress.....
I will say though that I'm increasingly annoyed with the presence of Douche Bag Rob. Douche Bag Rob seems like an odd fit for the bands he associates with: AFI, Rancid, etc..
A fucking wannabe gangster tough guy who can't rap for shit. Seriously Douche Bag Rob- rhyming about weed, slanging and gats really isn't that impressive, nor is it original. I know that your are from the mean suburban streets of Sacramento, but honestly, do you take yourself that seriously? Appearing on episodes of the Osbournes didn't imrove my opinion of you either. So please, stay off all future Rancid albums and good luck with your solo album, which is sure to be a steaming piece of shit. What the fuck does Rancid see in this fucking poser?
Mr. Kenzington

PsychoOS231 (July 20, 2004)

Yo Adam its Tuesday where are the new reviews?

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

the kid bsd is not smarter than anyone he just pisses at everything in sight trying to get attention

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

theres a psychobilly fad? damn where have I been the only fad going around is the kids wearing minor threat shirts and the screamo shit.

FortyMinutesWest (July 20, 2004)

"Get a fucking grip. Take this album for what it is"

I will, I'll take it as average music with horrible lyrics.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

Best Rancid Album= Life Won't Wait
(Thats sure to piss some people off)

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

The music's okay, the strippers are pretty childish, but the photo of Skinhead Rob with a "bitch" in his lap and a "piece" in his hand is fuckling moronic. What a tool. Go back to the ghetto and stay there, loser.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

Holy fuck, are you people saying that your mood and emotions never change? Just look at 2Pac (considered the greatest rap lyricist to many) - He contradicted himself so many times - He had many different sides to him. He had his hustling-ho-pimp-drugs-gangsta type songs (the exact same as this Viking album), then he had his peace-unity-respect to women postive type songs (which is shown in most of Rancid's music)

Get a fucking grip. Take this album for what it is

theantimoron (July 20, 2004)

BSD wins, simply because he is obviously much more intelligent (at 16, no less) than this fucktard who says he just graduated last month. Music is music is music, and there are only two types: Good music, and bad music. Of course, this is all opinion, so why don't we all just put on our headphones or turn on our stereos and shut the fuck up.

For the record, rap does suck. Rap meaning shit like Petey Pablo, 50 Cent, etc. (although I do like Dr. Dre and Snoop...) But hip hop doesn't suck. Artists like Blackstar, Blackalicious, Dilated Peoples, Deltron 3030, etc. are just as socially conscious, if not moreso, than most "punk" bands today. They're more clever lyricists than most rappers, and I've never heard a punk band write lyrics like Blackstar.

The End.
-The Anti Moron

Mr_Pink (July 20, 2004)

This whole thread is kind of a shame. I was just thinking back to when I first got into punk. For whatever reason, I was at a school that was pretty well divided into two camps, musically: Deadheads and punks. I had moved there from a backwoods town in the south, and being introduced to all the different bands (we're talking 80's DC) from that era was totally eye-opening. At the time, I didn't even have any notion of poseurs or fashion punks, but I definitely didn't get along with everyone, either. But when it came right down to it, we could all agree on liking more or less the same music, and we went to a lot of shows and had a blast at every one. Back then, the fact that you were into anything other than Genesis or Bon Jovi was enough to bond on. Maybe punk's become too splintered. Or maybe the internet has given so much access to everything that it's easier to talk shit to one another over petty things like Lars vs Tiger Army. I don't dress like "a punk's supposed to dress" and never have, I don't particularly agree with the whole uniform aspect of it. But given the choice of hanging out with some Casualties-loving "fashion punks" or going to a Clay Aiken concert, I'm going to go with the poseurs every time. You guys might just have it too good. Any sense of unity's gone out the window in recent years.
As far as the Lars cd goes, I haven't heard it. I've had the opportunity to run into him in more social settings a couple of times and he's never been anything but a decent guy, as far as I can tell. He's VERY helpful to a lot of people around the bay area. I've heard him say things that make me go, "OK too much information," but it's always in the context of whatever point he's trying to get at, and near as I can tell he's a stand-up guy.

gladimnotemo (July 20, 2004)

"Minor Threat did suck though."

Nothing you now say counts. Ever.

These comments keep getting worse and worse. I've given up on this site.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

hahaha, lamest lyrics ever. even for "offensive material" the lyrics are written by a drunk blind retard. speaking of drunk blind retards, this band sucks. lame ass.

klasticono (July 20, 2004)

I think the difference between a song like Start Now and Switchblade or Romper Stomper, for example, is that is dealing with international politics and warfare, which is a completely different topic from street fighting and the like. Also, I imagine Tim wrote the lyrics to Start Now while Lars wrote most of Switchblade and Skinhead Rob probably wrote a lot of the Transplants material and so on. You aren't really contradicting yourself if you write something from an opposing point of view as one of your band members.

So, with all of that said, I wouldn't necessarily say Lars is being hypocritical with the lyrics on Viking, but he is definitely coming across as a total idiot.

And P.S. -- What is so fashionable about wearing a T-shirt and some jeans? That's what I usually see the members of Black Flag, Minor Threat, Bad Religion, the Circle Jerks and most of those other old hardcore bands wearing. On the other hand, Tim and Lars have been sporting the mohawks, studs and leather for as long as Rancid's been around. And don't get me started on those trendy little psychobilly idiots. Some of the music is fun, but that fad needs to die.

Minor Threat did suck though.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

To everyone saying Rancid and their side projects have always sung songs like this and contradict themselves and this and that, i have this to say... If it wasnt ten times blatantly more overboard, foolish, assnine, etc. this time round, I doubt a thousand people woulda all noticed and commented about it. THE LYRICS SUCK. GET OVER IT.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

"Loving woman is a wonderful thing
But the way that we treat'em is a crying shame.
One day, one day, and it won't belong.
And all them fine chicks be gone."

Woops Lars, wasn't that off the last album from a song called "Leavin Here?"

From supporter of women and treating women right to...

"I've done every hooker from here to Toledo"
"You broke my heart
I dug your ditch
Now I'm coming after you
you dirty bitch!
I'm gonna murder you!"

I know he's a sad confused man, but...isn't this a blindingly obvious contradiction? Oh well, it's Lars, he could record himself taking a shit and there's a fairly good chance people would rave about it.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

"Why would Lars endorse violence while Rancid writes songs like "Start Now" that portray an anti-violence message? Tim would certainly stop that from happening."

either this is a joke, or you're an absolute retard.
i'm gonna play it safe and go with the latter.

Rancid has written so many violent songs, so have the Transplants, just as they've written songs like "Start Right Now" that speak out against violence. It's amazing that people can take Rancid and all of it's spinoffs seriously. They contradict a great deal of what they sing about, a great deal of what they have claimed to stand for and most likely put out whatever they think will get the best response from their fans. Rancid, the Transplants, and the Bastards all write catchy good songs, but they aren't trying to bring us some shocking, world changing message.

"now my guns are blazing, bloodclot i can see 360"

"it's a knock down drag out one on one
think it's over when it just begun
cause round here they'll fight for fun"

"Anti, anti-social I bring famine
Death and annihilation
Mideon a soul-less one
I'll greet you with fire and blasphemy"

these are all words written by Lars and Tim, please PLEASE stop pretending to know what the hell you're talking about. seriously. it's quite possible that you beat out John Edwards for the biggest douche in the universe.

-the swede-

punky (July 20, 2004)

Lars was actually married?? To whom or what exactly?

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

Trivial Online Argument

inagreendase (July 20, 2004)

This new layout sucks. I can't print these reviews at work and read 'em. Go back to the orig. Format.

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BSD (July 19, 2004)

Minor Threat has never been big with the black eyeliner crowd... Cut the crap... GO TO HELL!

PsychoOS231 (July 19, 2004)

Im going to head out BSD, being on the internet too long is not healthy, i have a life outside this shit. If you want to keep bitching at me I might be back 2maro. see ya kid

PsychoOS231 (July 19, 2004)

* i meant to say not the bands themselves

PsychoOS231 (July 19, 2004)

I agree that alot of kids(by kids i mean 13 year olds) like Rancid but more of them like Minor Threat and NOFX, Im saying the kids are fashion punx the bands themselves.
How is wearing a band shirt that fashionable? O hell yeah it is fashionable , maybe not so much today as it was last year but it was everywhere, all the kids wearing black makeup and Minor Threat shirts trying to look "different" ended up looking like most of the kids at their schools.

PsychoOS231 (July 19, 2004)

Look at any high school pop music is the struggling underdog 20% of the kids music is pop 35%"punx" and
45%rap/hip hop.
Why would someone laugh at another for their musical taste?
I do also listen to older bands :
The Clash,The Damned,Cock Sparrer,Stiff Little Fingers,
Toy Doll,NY Dolls,Ramones,Buzzcocks,GBH,Motorhead,The Who,The Jam,Bob Marley,The Specials,Jimmy Cliff,The Meteors,Frantic Flinstones,Decendents,Misfits,Screaching Weasels,etc
Theres a variation not just the same ol 80's hardcore

BSD (July 19, 2004)

I don't know, random internet message board fools piss me off.

How is wearing a band shirt that fashionable? "Trying to act cool"? Now I know 100% that your only experience with people who wear Minor Threat shirts has been at the hands of vicious hecklers.

I never said you were, as you put it first, "fashion punx". I said that more kids into "punk" fashion and dress listen to Rancid and Tiger Army than old school punk. Look at Rancid. Black Flag is a fashion punk band?

PsychoOS231 (July 19, 2004)

So you claim to be a "fashion punx" you're welcome for that so called assumption and I'm sure you should clean up if that made you wet. You called me dumb for not catching on to what? wearing Minor Threat shirts and trying to act "cool"
Just because i listen to TA and Rancid doesnt mean im a fasion punk, that term is stupid and again just clam down and move on. Why does everything piss you off?

BSD (July 19, 2004)

Also, I'm interested in finding this highschool that's filled with Black Flag fans, so much that people who like pop music are struggling underdogs. Really, I think you probably tried to talk to them and they laughed at you for your music taste, which is mean, but no reason to hold a grudge or slander me or the old bands I like.

No matter what you say, you'll never find enough evidence to proove that Black Flag and Minor Threat are "fashion punx" bands.

BSD (July 19, 2004)

Well if you want to STOP an argument, the last thing you do is claim "Rancid and Tiger Army are better than Minor Threat and Black Flag".

Here's my opinion that I'll state like it's a fact: For you to claim to despise "fashion punx" like me (thanks for the idiotic assumption, those things make me wet), yet be a fan of Tiger Army and Rancid is just idiotic. No excuse, just really fucking stupid.

In fact, I've ranted against underground fashion so much on these message boards before, that you're even dumber for never catching on.

PsychoOS231 (July 19, 2004)

BSD you're doing the same shit, just calm the fuck down besides , Tiger Army and Rancid are better than Minor Threat and Black Flag. When i was in High School,graduated last June I'm 19 not 20(i messed up there) and all the kids there like the same bands you like everyone dressed and acted the same way you did,fashion punx,how sad. I was trying to move one and you're still with the bashing , again calm down.Im moving on so you can call me whatever the fuck you want, its a free country........well not really.

BSD (July 19, 2004)

You don't like arguing or grudges, yet you say such stupid things about my family. On a message board, no less.

Whatever, KID, go listen to Tiger Army or Rancid or something.

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

"The_Detective" not a bad title.I dont know what the fuck metalcore is and i don't listen to Radiohead. Guess what I'm nowhere near going bald. Im not against youth or whatever you were trying to say but I'm going to stop because arguing is lame and i do not like to hold grudges.

BSD (July 19, 2004)

Wow I'm so glad you looked into my personal life. You should register as "the_detective" or something.

Just stop with this flamewar against youth. I'm sorry that the bald spot is slowly growing and that Radiohead's more interesting to you now than your metalcore, old man.

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

"What can I say? Stop typing like my little sister and I wouldn't be under that impression. Age doesn't impress me, either. I don't care if you're 20. Wow. 4 year's older. Hopefully when I'm your age I'll have such great writing skills under my belt."

I hope so, that comment was shitty as hell. Don't worry kid, you'll grow out of your"80s hardcore" phase in acouple months and realize that alot of that music was shit! At 16 yrs you should be going out to partys,hanging out with friends and stop fucking your lil sis,you sick bastard

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

This new layout sucks. I can't print these reviews at work and read 'em. Go back to the orig. Format.

FeatheredMullet (July 19, 2004)

Lars, Sie saugen mehr Dick als die Prostituierten auf der Albumdecke., wie viele Titte und hat viel Hahn. stellt es in meinen Esel Sie Kopf verkoken

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

What it all comes down to is some people can sing about shit like this and make it funny and cool or whatever, but in this attempt it just comes off sounding stupid and contrived...

Teen Wolf.... Thats classic!

gladimnotemo (July 19, 2004)

Wow....total spammage.

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

whoa! Tim has cancer? where did this come from?

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

Holy Shit... some people here take music a little to serious. Some music is supposed to be fun to listen to. Get a grip. This is basically Lars telling about his life. He has sex with hookers, who cares? - he doesn't disrespect them - If you read the lyrics, you would see he has all the respect in the world for them. He likes to fight... how is he promoting violence. All he is saying is that if you fuck with him, he's not gonna back down. This is a very good album for what it is

FeatheredMullet (July 19, 2004)

Lars, bro call me sometime we'll get hookers and snort coke off their tits, maybe they'll shoot up some heroin and lick each other while you give me a reach around. Kudos on the whole werewolf meets drunken salior look, I'm going to start calling you Teenwolf. Have fun getting STD's, call me though we'll shoot guns and shit like that, maybe we can hang with Ted Nugent and hunt hookers with him. Rock and Roll Fantasy Lars, Rock and Roll Fantasy

klasticono (July 19, 2004)

Promoting sexism and violence can be cool.... But only when it's done by guys like GG. Then it's funny too.
Thanks for posting my review.

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

What'd I awake all of Europe with that comment... Anyone who thinks promoting nonsense violence and sexism is cool is a fuckin loser. This music is for dirtbag white trash who wanna think their tough. I dont rate it much above the insane clown posse. Go fuck yourselves euro trash

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

YO, LARS? FROM ALL THE SOUTH LONDON CREW..

"KEEP UP THE SLUTS AND LOOTIN, BRING IT BACK BABY.. 1977... KEEP PUNK ROCK ALIVE...

Belinda 101 crew

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

lars ur shit at bike ridin everyone says so....

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

..

its all in the wrist baby!!!!

love the pics lars, ooo-la - la

paulinexxxoxoxoxxx

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

lars and the bartards new lp is the dogs bollox matey,
flip off the flicker and rock yer rocker off lads,

blatantly,

burslem oz
happy ever after..!!! :)

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

remember when u gave my eggy gina a right crackin lars it was creamy.....archie

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

o tim sweetie im so sorry to hear ur ill, remember hows good u were at breathing underwater so sorry....Katrina sarinoker

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

oh no,
tim surley hasnt got diagnoised murder on dvd?
oh i mean cancer of the head?
i met him once in london in a local porn shop, he was a sweety pie, get well quick all the best , tonya..xxxx

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

sadam smelly..? i saw him on tha telly...

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

thats so horrible tim havin cancer after all he has been through i saw rancid play a few years back and met tim an he was such a nice guy, real kind hearted...i hope he gets well soon...Gemmaxxx

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

WHAT? tims got cancer?......???

YES.......................................... ........................CANCER!

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

yeah i heard, tim armstrong got diagnosed with lung cancer late yesterday monring, its such a sad time for me right now, i need to play g/c new cd young and hopeless,and millionaires"

hope you get better soon tim, ole chap...

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

lars go's to me once "ay yo kev piss pants,..?, i got a new record commin out, wanna help me fuck these bitches with your pissed up joggers left on, for photos in the booklet"

im already there.... !!!! :)

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

has anyone got news on tim armstrongs lung cancer?

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

klasticono u r such a sick reviewer u got somethin wrong with ur head

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

killll police

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

lars is tougher than u greg so shut the feck up before i switch blade ur ear, u r so inferior to me good charlotte likin cunts

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

most of lars's tattoos are the ones from 2p bubble gum gums.. there completley fake, even the one that says sand cracker on his eyelids, over n out ..

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

fuck social commentry this album is perfect lars has a talent an this is such a fuckin good cd anyone that doesent think so is a cracker

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

Jesus h christ allin, whacked off her whacker she was, freeking mashed off her ectasy pipes on chemtrails.. New world fucking order!!!! let lars be a rebelious punk rocker, we gotta be fuckin against this global one world state bitch!!! get active muthafucka's

killuminati

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

mate u hate the pictures ur such a ladder shiftin uphill gardenin creep

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

whats wrong mate this album is lush go n cut ur head off an put it up ur shite box

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

has anyone seen lars huge anchor on hi face covers nearly all of it....nice one lars!!!

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

how can you say its crap lyrics and the porno photos are lame, are you a fucking boring peadophile that only listens to freekin jello biafra or some shit, fucking shit review, crap opinions , ide love to meet him and kill the cunt!

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

mate ur whacked off ur whacker this album is well good whats wrong are u gay or something, anti flag likin perv

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

Jesus, I fucking hate Rancid. This is almost as bad as when Lars tried to justify how punk he was by his tattoos after they released 'Indestructible'.

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

kev an bruiser really thought this was top notch, u r a shit reviewer an im gonna run ur head over with my push bike

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

why dont you go get a good knife, whack on switchblade and go kill freemasons??????????? fucking peado's

stivvy scuds burzer

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

u are the shittest reviewer an ur taste is shite, this album is fuckin great go burrie yourself KUNT

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

Scudders really enjoyed this, thank you mr. Larz

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

stiv stivvy scudders bators would of bought this craig?

kill police!!! and geovani and gulliani

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

you are a sick peadofile if you cant say this is one of the best fucking albums just released...!! fuck off and die

20 out of 10 mate

kill freemasons!!
daune peters

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

THIS ALBUM FUCKING KICKS ARSE... DONT LISTEN TO IT RELIGIOUSLY YOU STUPID CUNTS, ITS JUST MUSIC, LARS'S LIFE STORIES AND "HIS" BANDS... STOP WHINING AND FOCUS ON KILLING FREEMASONS!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!! KILLUMINATI '

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

I love the music, hate the lyrics.

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

I completely agree with complaints about the lyrics. I prefer punk rock containing witty social commentary, praising equality, free speech, whatever... but not sounding like an ignorant idiot trying to be a tough guy. Sorry, but i just cant drive around in my car singing "i dont go anywhere without my switchblade". What happened to the working class struggle and whatnot.. now its all how many bitches he fucked... I think LA went to his head

BSD (July 19, 2004)

"Damn BSD your're fucking talking to me like im some 13 yr old dumbass "

What can I say? Stop typing like my little sister and I wouldn't be under that impression. Age doesn't impress me, either. I don't care if you're 20. Wow. 4 year's older. Hopefully when I'm your age I'll have such great writing skills under my belt.

-BSD

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

In my opinion, this is a pretty good record, with some clunky tracks on it. I don't care one way or another about the artwork. The photography is good, and the subject matter is unusual for punk but pretty commonplace everywhere else. I don't really give a shit.

People who generalize rap like a lot of you have been are ignorant. That would be like someone saying â??fuck punkâ?ť because they saw some pop acts on MTV. You and I know that's bullshit, so why are you so quick to assume that the hip hop scene is any different? Why do you assume that all any rapper talks about are drugs, guns, money, girls, et cetera? Listen to a real rap record and quit being so closed-minded. I don't care if you like the music or not, but understand that the culture isn't all about what you see on TV. Most importantly, shut your mouth until you know what the fuck youâ??re talking about.

Chris Fabulous

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

Damn BSD your're fucking talking to me like im some 13 yr old dumbass
Im 20 and have heard all that shit you mentioned and im not into "metalcore" or whatever the fuck you said and yeah some 80s hardcore bands tend to sound alike.
"But I'm pretty sure I've heard a lot more metalcore and old hardcore than you. See, I have to hear things before I decide to dislike them. "
You got me with the HEARD ALOT MORE part because thats all you listen to, you've have to be open to all music and not just the same ol shit.Grow up kid.

BSD (July 19, 2004)

It's a taste acquired by a basic liking for the music.

I'm sure a metalcore kid could claim that metalcore has variety, I just don't think so.

But I'm pretty sure I've heard a lot more metalcore and old hardcore than you. See, I have to hear things before I decide to dislike them.

Compare Black Flag to Minor Threat to Bad Brains to Void to the Germs to the Circle Jerks to the FU's to SSD to Discharge to GBH to whomever else. You can't really say "it's all the same" if you care enough to know what you're talking about.

-BSD

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

As opposed to a hundred bands with the same time signatures, same breakdowns, etc. If I'm going to listen to bands that sound a lot alike, I don't want it to be metally
-BSD

Damn BSD that defines 80's hardcore,it all sounds alike

notaclevername (July 18, 2004)

another story 'bout another dumb american...

haven't heard this, but in light of this change in subject matter direction, i suggest that someone issue a restraining order to keep him at least 100 yards away from a billy bragg cover until he comes to his senses

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

Some tracks are decent
Some aren't that good.
The album art isn't creative.
Rap sucks too.

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

I sure fucking hope more punk bands don't start following this trend of retarded lyrics. Go get involved in rap or something where talking about bitches, dope & guns is the thing to do.

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

If this was an un-PC joke album, he made it at the wrong time since the rest of his band really IS trying to make some bullshit gangsta-punk mothershit sell... Skinhead Rob takes himself seriously. He really does believe that it's really all about wreckin' some cracka bitchez' partz.

And the gun thing.

I don't know about you, but guns and knives scare the shit out of me. I'd never carry a gun. I can see a knife, maybe. That's innercity protection, you know. But guns? That's some scurry ass shIt, I tell u wut.

-BSD

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

All you dicks saying we "abondoned" Lars are totally fucking clueless. He abandoned punk rock when he started singing up shit like this.

If some new band came out with this same album containing the same lyrics everyone in the punk scene would say they are fucking shitty and arent punk just like they do with all the other crappy mtv punk bands that sing about stupid shit.

You don't have to like something just because your hero Lars Frederiksen from Rancid is in it, you should like it because it is good stuff.

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

Hey bsd, you didn't misread, that dumbshit did.

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

To the dude calling bsd an illiterate, read the post below his, you fucking illiterate.
To the dude calling bsd's music collection the worst he's seen, I'd be interested to hear about your music collection, his isn't half bad. Have you seen the crap Eddie's reviewed, or even Scott's cd list? (which has got some great stuff, mind you, but most definately a whole lot of crip crappity crip crap.)
The quote was "50 Cent's taken more shots to the face than Jenna Jameson." And yes it was way funnier the first time, when Chris Rock said it.

Is it just me, or have the quality of comments really gone downhill in the last couple years on this website?

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

you panzies are too fuckin p.c., this album is terrific. you sons of bitches abandoned people too fucking quick, he isn't here to make the music you want and if any of you were musicians you understand that. its assholes like you thats wrong with punk today, no not even punk, punk music is at its pinnical and this is a fine example. the punk fans are the problem. this record sounds similar to the last and better( what did "skunx" on the last record not show you lars talks about his past and friends and lifestyle all the time?) any chicks on here who thouhgt this wwas a sexist record that is digrating for lars to make probably never had any real friends or lovers , or anything! and in response to one review saying tim is a shampoo commercial. you cant possibly understand what it is to do what you love for a living and make money at it. i hope you pussies get a damn good shock outta this when you read it at your computer, ready to download some porn and whack off coz no one will touch your pretentious, "holier than thou" asses. god forbid lars or him and tim sell a few thousand records to pay the bills.

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

Blood For Blood is the suck. I misread, big deal. You have to make a big deal out of me misreading a post because you have no intelligent argument against me.

Anyway, back to Blood For Blood.

If I wanted to listen to ex-jocks rockin' the 'core, I'd also be really into Hatebreed. But no thanks. I like thinking man's music.

-BSD

FortyMinutesWest (July 18, 2004)

"The .5% of BSD's music collection is by far the worst music collection I've ever seen."

You're an idiot, Nasum is better than your favorite band.

jhfc666 (July 18, 2004)

lars sucks

gladimnotemo (July 18, 2004)

"I think the review is dead on, but don't overthink this album. I don't thnk lars has gone off the deep end. I think he's just fucking around and wanted to make a fun offensive punk album. personally, i laughed my ass off on first listen. the songs were fun and the 'fucking whores' and shit about guns was hilarious. but thats just me."

Thank you.

Offensive punk.......exactly what this site needs.

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

The .5% of BSD's music collection is by far the worst music collection I've ever seen.

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

"They aren't neo-grind sludge, though. And, yeah, scenesters are annoying, and yeah, they're an overrated band, but it's still fun music. The Blood Brothers are simply boring to me."

way to be an illiterate asshole.
where exactly did the blood brothers come into discussion?
someone made a comment about the new BLOOD FOR BLOOD being way better than this.

you are aware that there is a huge difference between the blood brothers and blood for blood, correct?

this score is for white trash rob and buddah

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

I think alot of you are overthinking this one. I think Lars set out to have some fun and fuck w/ us a bit. I think BSD fell for it, but I usually agree w/ his opinions (especially on the Beatles). whats up w/ BSD signing in?

I think the review is dead on, but don't overthink this album. I don't thnk lars has gone off the deep end. I think he's just fucking around and wanted to make a fun offensive punk album. personally, i laughed my ass off on first listen. the songs were fun and the 'fucking whores' and shit about guns was hilarious. but thats just me.

not all my music has to be serious. this is a fun throwback.

oh yea the review was really really good, as was the first comment posted. dead on.

review 5/5

album 5 or 6/10. fun. i like it mroe than the first one, but it certainly is less meaningful and i think intentionally so.

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

oh by the way, i'm gay.

-BSD

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

I dont like guys who fuck whores

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

At least we have MC Lars, he fuckin rules

Oh and I kinda had a mixed feeling about this album too...as much as I love Rancid, and I'm not afraid to say that I do, this left me cold a little bit. Still, at least Frederiksen has a nice beard

Joe

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

As opposed to a hundred bands with the same time signatures, same breakdowns, etc. If I'm going to listen to bands that sound a lot alike, I don't want it to be metally.

-BSD

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

Isn't he going out with pink ? All the prostitute/getting over the divorce doesn't really make sense to me...
score is for the self titled, haven't heard this one.

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

I meant to say "At least"

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

At laast BSD likes Turbonegro and F-Minus but still whats with all the hating, listening to old shit gets old fast

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

Hey, I have the same name and I'm not sticking up for him.

-Lars Ulrich

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (July 18, 2004)

You're just sticking up for him because you have the same name.

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

I don't get why you people get so worked over some fucking review. Jesus, it's just the guy's opinion, thats all. I think the album is fucking great, if you dont like it then who the fuck cares, bad reviews won't make me stop listening to it.

-Lars (not The Lars though)

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

"Since when are guns punk rock...or right they aren't"

Since when is whining like a little girl about some lyrics punk rock? Since when is being PC punk rock? Since when is worrrying about maintaining your net cred on some lame ass "punk" website punk rock? Oh right...it isn't.

You girls really need to get over youselves.

BSD (July 18, 2004)

They aren't neo-grind sludge, though. And, yeah, scenesters are annoying, and yeah, they're an overrated band, but it's still fun music. The Blood Brothers are simply boring to me.

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

BSD listens to The Locust but raves on about how much he hates neo-grindcore sludge, the Blood Brothers, and scenesters. Interesting...

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

"50 Cent has been shot in the face more times than Jenna Jameson - TahoeJeff"

Am I the only one to notice the brilliance of that post?

It was way better than Chris Rock said it over a year ago.

score is for the disappointing CD and disappointing turn in someone I sort of used to admire.

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

now that we know lars is a tool, and tim is in a shampoo commercial, its nice to know that my hatred of all things rancid (except op. ivy) is somewhat vindicated

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

I'm a little late, but I recently got into Turbonegro... Melt Banana is awesome... From Ashes Rise and Paint It Black are great... Disclose and Exclaim, two more Japanese bands, they're both great. Are Raised Fist still together? Totalitar, Avskum, and some other old Swedish bands are just now putting out their best stuff. Nasum and Krigshot are both great. Agoraphobic Nosebleed is pretty fucking cool. The Locust are pretty good. F-Minus are great. Leftover Crack are okay, I guess. Chaos UK still put out quality albums. The Stratford Mercenaries and the Buzzcocks are both great.

That's what makes up about .5% of my music collection...

I don't see what's wrong with liking mostly old bands as long as you're somewhat in touch with new stuff. I've heard so much new stuff I think is absolutely crap. But at least I hear it before I state what I think of it.

-BSD

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

I want to know what bands BSD listens to and no not bands of the past but ones that are still playing today

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

"50 Cent has been shot in the face more times than Jenna Jameson - TahoeJeff"

Am I the only one to notice the brilliance of that post?

jon_the_skafather (July 17, 2004)

"when's the last time you shot a gun, made a death threat, fucked a whore, looked a underage girls, or dabbled in the drugs. Its fucking fun, in moderation of course."

a few years ago.

a couple days ago

never.

probably a couple days ago but then again, i'm 19, not pushing 40.....that's fucking sick.

the only "drugs" i do are tobacco, alcohol, and weed. anything harder is just fucking moronic and asking for serious problems.

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

Im gonna give it a perfect score because Lars knows where i live and he scares the crap outta me

FortyMinutesWest (July 17, 2004)

If Limp Bizkit wrote these lyrics, we would have no problem bashing them. But somehow, since it's Lars we're suppose to look for some deeper meaning. Fuck that, shit is shit.

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

People please

Get the fuck over yourselves.

Every Man alive has had thoughts on and about every topic Lars references on this album.

ITS FUCKING PRIMAL

Lars went through the gamit of emotions, over the past couple of years. Let the man have some fun.

when's the last time you shot a gun, made a death threat, fucked a whore, looked a underage girls, or dabbled in the drugs. Its fucking fun, in moderation of course.
ITS PRIMAL ITS TESTOSTERONE
and so is this album.

Get over yourselves, accept the album.

ITS GOOD

TheFeesh (July 17, 2004)

I havn't heard my album and this is my score.

I hope Lars gets an STD from those whore's he's fucking.

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

50 Cent has been shot in the face more times than Jenna Jameson - TahoeJeff

mikeinflames (July 17, 2004)

i really liked this when i first bought it earlier this week
but 4 days later i'm growing sick of it
musically the album is amazing
it has more balls than most of the other punk albums coming out nowadays
but lyrically it's lacking
yesterday i foudn myself singing along to it in the car and i sort of felt silly because the lyrics are pretty horrid
Skinhead Rob's little rant about his guns is very sad
since when are guns punk rock
oh yea that's right ... they never were
and never will be
maybe Rob should try being on the next 50 Cent album
his love of guns would be much more appreciated there

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

Hey people! Guess what? BSD do not like Lars!

Guess what BSD? WE FUCKIN GET IT!

In the last 3 LFATB reviews you posted 20 fuckin times!! (yes I counted them). This is 19 times too many.

You're so fuckin punk it hurts....

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (July 17, 2004)

Argh, why is everybody including 'skinhead rob' on their releases? STOP DOING IT; HE ISN'T "COOL".

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

To all these people who for the past few or so years have hopped on the "its cool to bash lars,rancid etc". Grow up, get a mind of your own and stop over analyzing the bottom line, the music, good cd= good punk, peroid. -oldpunker-

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

this album is great. if tu like genuine street punk rock n roll, pick this up - it's sooo good

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

.the most anticipated album of the year turns out to be softcore porn and talking about rolling with crews,maggots and illegal knives...ive almost lost all faith in music...if the next rancid album doesnt deliver im gonna drown myself

notfeelingcreative (July 17, 2004)

I wholeheartedly agree with every word of this review, however I find the music to be what the last rancid record should have sounded like, but i agree lyrically this record is pretty Jr. high.

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

Lars came from so much better than this album, and honestly, the new Blood for Blood is everything this album wishes it could have been.

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

...we get nearly 40 minutes of Lars bragging about rolling with his crews, fucking prostitutes and underage girls, getting in fights, drinking, doing dope and brandishing weapons...

So I take it Lars has been rolling with Good Charlotte lately? - TahoeJeff

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

"Lars however has thrown us all a curve with the lyrics. It's easy to speculate what was going through his mind but hard to figure out his intent. What do lyrics about murdering that "bitch" and sleeping with lots of prostitutes mean from a man who suffered through a divorce last year? Is this just Lars blowing off steam? Is it a "tough guy" character like you see in so much mainstream rap (the image of power, violence, sex and money)? Is Lars just playing with sleazy sex, drugs & rock'n'roll imagery and it doesn't go deeper than that? " ...Hahahaha. I think you put way too much thought into that.

Probably way more than Lars actually put into writing the lyrics.

gladimnotemo (July 17, 2004)

BSD,

Everything you said was unfounded. I know no one into the Transplants that isn't into Rancid. It's not straight up "gansta rap". Neither is the ONE song on "Viking" that has rap. This isn't even close to the obsessive "gang ideals" of almost every hardcore band today. Sorry.

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

Score is for the likelihood than anyone from Cursive or any of their fans could kick anyone's ass.

-BSD

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

Score is for Gretta Cohn of Cursive being able to kick Lars' ass.

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

"Is it a "tough guy" character like you see in so much mainstream rap (the image of power, violence, sex and money)?"

Yep. They're trying to appeal the the Transplants crowd...

You see, about 40% of the people who "dug" the Transplants didn't even know guys from Rancid were in it. They just thought it was some more "rad" rap-rock to flip on back to back with Limp Bizkit and the Em. I know this because of how many wannabes around here sport Transplants jerseys.

So, trying to clinch the same demographic of angry, white adolescent males, Lars brings in the whole "He Man Woman Hater's Club". Since he knows that NO ONE would listen to him if he started playing pop-metal, he relies on a "bling and bitches, and oh yeah PUNK RAWK, too!" image to sell to kids. I, frankly, think it's disgusting. I also think it's a pretty brilliant record-selling ploy. We all know how many fakes got into Rancid along with BLINK just a few years ago... The same kids who used to listen to Linkin Park will love this.

It's combining rap wannabe posing with punk rock posing, along with some pretty nondescript music to form a giant piece of pop garbage.

-BSD

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

Score if for Lars as a human being.

Actually, this shitty album gets the same score (though it's a tad bit better than his first).

TheNightProwler (July 16, 2004)

I think a 5 out of 10 is a proper score for this album. The first Lars solo album was great but this one really does seem a bit out of place in terms of content & songwriting. I've listened to it 4 times and I can't really say I want to listen to it again. I tried to like this album but it really dissapointed me. I knew I should have bought the new Guttermouth album instead of this.

But on a less serious note, maybe Lars is just trying to act all super-hardcore so people forget that he's friends with Good Charlotte or something.

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

Because the original Casualties just weren't bad enough...
(p.s. Spelling "punks" with an x was cool when we were 12).

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

my score says it all.

gladimnotemo (July 16, 2004)

I think this album is very very very good, just to start off. I think the violence on songs like "Fight" is mainly to get pits moving, and other songs like "1%" and "Switchblade" are more autobiographical about his early days. I think a lot of the record is like that, especially in the drug and violence area. The hookers, I can understand, considering he's apparently over his divorce. He may be doing that just to offend people...remember, punk being offensive and such?

You point out the bad lines, but leave out many of the good lines. "Viking" seems to apologize for all his past mistakes (which are referenced early on in the album) and says "This is what I did, but I don't do that anymore". Why would Lars endorse violence while Rancid writes songs like "Start Now" that portray an anti-violence message? Tim would certainly stop that from happening. I think he's mainly blowing off steam, if anything.

"Marie Marie" is one of the best songs on here, and "Little Rude Girl" is great...it doesn't sound old at all. I really like the record and think it deserves way more than 2.5 stars. It's not a 5 star masterpiece because some won't get the lyrical content, but it's better than a 5 out of 10.

Eh, the first CD is one of my favorite CDs ever, so I am a little defensive. I've thought about this one a lot, because I am a geek.

That's all.

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

Good review. And kudos to Adam for posting someone else's work... I like the inclusive spirit.

theOneTrueBill (July 16, 2004)

Very eloquently put, Mr. Adam. If only Lars could do it that way.

adam (July 16, 2004)

This record was mine to review among the staff here, but this reader-submitted review reflects many of my concerns with the record.

Don't get me wrong, Viking is a rocking album. It has far more energy and anger than the last Rancid album, plus Lars himself (who's looking a lot like Lemmy nowadays) and Craig (ex-Forgotten) are both great guitarists. The band itself is quite good, despite a few missteps (the track with Tim guesting is a bit silly, and the title track feel's half realized).

Lars however has thrown us all a curve with the lyrics. It's easy to speculate what was going through his mind but hard to figure out his intent. What do lyrics about murdering that "bitch" and sleeping with lots of prostitutes mean from a man who suffered through a divorce last year? Is this just Lars blowing off steam? Is it a "tough guy" character like you see in so much mainstream rap (the image of power, violence, sex and money)? Is Lars just playing with sleazy sex, drugs & rock'n'roll imagery and it doesn't go deeper than that?

It's hard to say what's going on here, and for that reason Viking might be one of the most genuinely provocative records of the year. I personally have some faith that Lars hasn't totally flipped his wig, but Viking's certainly going to challenge those who've supported him in the past.

-adam

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