Satanic Surfers - Taste The Poison (Cover Artwork)

Satanic Surfers

Satanic Surfers: Taste The PoisonTaste The Poison (2005)
Bad Taste Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: AlmostPunkEnoughAlmostPunkEnough
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First of all, I don't think there are any plans to release this album in the U.S.*, which is a damn shame. Taste The Poison is an extremely solid piece of melodic skatepunk, and easily one of the band's best releases. From what I gather, the Satanic Surfers are reasonably popular in Europe, and e.
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First of all, I don't think there are any plans to release this album in the U.S.*, which is a damn shame. Taste The Poison is an extremely solid piece of melodic skatepunk, and easily one of the band's best releases.

From what I gather, the Satanic Surfers are reasonably popular in Europe, and especially in their native Sweden. Though they've sold over 200,000 records worldwide, they never really had a good underground following in America, at least not to the extent of fellow Swedes Millencolin, or even T(I)NC. This is presumably because they've never had a full U.S. tour... or actually played any shows at all in the U.S. as far as I know, though I very well may be wrong.

If anyone is unfamiliar with the band, they play extremely fast melodic skatepunk. Think of pretty much any 90's Epitaph skatepunk band, speed it up a bit, make it catchy as fuck, and you've got the Satanic Surfers.

The overall sound of Taste The Poison isn't much of a departure from any of their previous albums, though it's a definite improvement over 2002's Unconsciously Confined, which saw the band's songwriting decrease in complexity. This record is more of a return to the style of my personal favorite Surfers album, Going Nowhere Fast. The drumming is pretty fast, but it's not all just midless pounding, as there's some original ideas shown here and there. The guitars are your usual skatepunk fare, with maybe a little more metalic riffing than normal, and damn technically proficent. The bass is handled well, though I find it's not quite high enough in the mix, sometimes being drowned out. Everything comes together really fucking tight. The vocals are fantastic if you enjoy this type of music, with just the right amount of variety, and harmonies that are absolutely spot on perfect. This album will have you singing along at the top of your lungs.

Lyrically, I wouldn't say this is outstanding, but I'll give them a pass as I assume their first language isn't English. Considering this fact, though, the lyrics are pretty strong, and certainly better than the majority of American pop-punk bands, and they can write a better song than I can write a review (which isn't saying much). A few songs tend to get a little corny, such as the cheesy as hell titled "U+I R1," which is, of course, what they chose as the first MP3 they released, silly Swedes. Aside from that, the album is generally about politics, both personal ("Weight On My Shoulders") and governmental ("Lead Us To The Gallows," "Down In Fire"). There seems to be a lot of venting going on here, and the record is better off for it.

All in all, this obviouly isn't going to change music or reinvent punk, but then again, who wants it to? I just wanted a good, true skatepunk CD, which is getting somewhat rare these days (at least compared to the flood of metalcore and Tatecore garbage still spewing from seemingly everywhere). The Surfers deliver an album that is even better than I ever hoped it would be. If you want a new and original sound, this ain't it. But if you just want a kickass slab of non-whiny punk that makes you wanna jump around like an asshole and sing along as loud as you can, you can't go wrong with Taste The Poison. The highest praise I can give this album is that if you're a fan of the genre, it's without a doubt worth whatever the import price is.

U+I R1

One last note: I actually think that MP3 is one of the album's weakest tracks. Standouts would include:

  • "Weight On My Shoulders"
  • "Restless Anger"
  • "Who Prospers?"
  • "False Ambitions"
  • "Down In Fire"
* - [Editor's Note: Site policy usually dictates that we hold off on posting reviews of releases until their North American release date. This record was released yesterday in Europe, as it's the only geographical location Bad Taste Records distributes to. AlmostPunkEnough is correct about no release being in the works for the U.S., as well as North America in general, so we're forgoing the rules temporarily so there's at least one Swedish punk group who doesn't get the shaft for their album not being out in the U.S.]


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FAST_ED (February 17, 2006)

Just got it. Yep, it rips. Fans of SS won't be dissapointed.

FAST_ED (February 1, 2006)

Cant wait to get this. From what i've heard it's fucking killer.

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

DOWN IN FIRE- absolutly fantastic!!

Smirnoff (September 28, 2005)

God Damn it!

This is the best CD of the year, in my opinion offcourse =)

Just awesome m/

Anonymous (September 26, 2005)

hey guys!
I´m from germany, I saw the surfers four times live! the last time in the actual instrumentation, what you guys in the u.s. are missing can't be replaced by bands like millencollin or even no fun at all!
so they are really popular over here and the records can't be compared to their live shows, they're much better live!

hope you'll get to see them!
xxx timo

Guttermou (September 25, 2005)

For the people interested in having news about the appereance of Satanic Surfers Venerea FoursQuare` Not Available Airbag Hook Anykey Nunnery Slipless Krew
and the JrErwing Dead Man on Campus The Vicious Five Le Search 10e
25e both things together
on 18th and 19th november in Barcelona (friday saturday)

please email manu@punkorlatex.com

AlmostPunkEnough (September 16, 2005)

Btw, what some find corny others find heartfelt.

i don't want it to sound like i like it less cause it's 'corny', and i completely agree that the songwriting here is from their hearts. if it wasn't i'm sure they'd pick a more popular genre and get huge. SS obviously does this for the love of their music. i do think the "You and I are One" would have been more effective as the title, but that doesn't really matter anyway.

like i said in the review, i don't care if it's cheesy, i know how much they care and i respect their songwriting. i'm sure if i wrote songs in Swedish or even Italian, which i knda know, it would sound asinine. i give the dudes a lot of credit.

also, i love this cd like it's a ten, and for huge fans of the genre, it's damn near perfection.

i'm really glad there's so many people here who like/love the Surfers and this CD, now FUCKING RELEASE IT HERE!!!

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

Just meant to add that i liked the review, all the tracks you mentioned are top class. Lead Us To The Gallows and Blood on the Sidewalk are two of my favs.

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

Just meant to add that i liked the review, all the tracks you mentioned are top class. Lead Us To The Gallows and Blood on the Sidewalk are two of my favs.

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

Some of Rodrigo's best songwriting, as much 'restless anger' as ever, and the best ever production for a Satanic cd. As a satanic fanatic, i give it 5 stars. Only Going Nowhere Fast and Fragments and Fractions are better. Btw, what some find corny others find heartfelt.

AlmostPunkEnough (September 15, 2005)

Danielson666, you're pretty much dead on, i didn't mention the new member cause i think they joined before the last album.

and i'd love to see them and Venerea. lucky bastard.

Ignitedude (September 15, 2005)

Awesome album.

Certainly well worth picking up if your a fan of the Skatepunk genre.

Anonymous (September 15, 2005)

hey Danielson666, you got any more details on the festival in barcelona that the satanic surfers are playing at? dates, other bands, etc? im going to be driving around the spain in a campervan in november, would love to catch these guys playing.

Danielson666 (September 15, 2005)

Ok, first off this album is excellent from start to finish. This album extremely different than the Surfers last 2 releases "Fragments & Fractions" and " Unconciously Confined". The Surfers picked up two new members "Andy Dahlström - Bass" & "Robert Samsonovitz(ADHESIVE) - Drums". This album is very aggressive compared to the last albums. The cd is filled with stand up and fight lyrics and chorus's that will not get out of your head. The original reviewer posted U I R1 as an mp3, but I suggest you order this album if you want to hear the real fire. Go to BadtasteRecords.Se and pick it up. I'll be flying with some buddies to Barcelona in November to see the Satanic Surfers @ The Punk or Latex Festival w/ Venerea. It's going to be sick. Anyways, if you like skatepunk and miss that feeling of 96, check this out you won't be dissapointed!

Anonymous (September 14, 2005)

This band rules, end of story.

- Kirby

stevejonestherealbones (September 14, 2005)

the king of the elephant walk doesnt get any privalege as far as line placement...he gets to keep the video tape when they are done and obviously will pleasure himself with it

- jones

AlmostPunkEnough (September 14, 2005)

coming from king of the elephant walk though, takes some of the sting out of it

ok, i'm stealing your little italic-ness cause it looks cooler than just quotes. anyway, what exactly would be the benefit of being the king of the elephant walk? does that mean you get to go first or last? seriously, which would be a 'better' place in line?

to the person who asked if the sound like No Fun At All. not exactly, though it's similar. i love NFAA, and i can definitley say if you like them you'll like this.

and Dante, i don't know about this man-n-slide you speak of, but i'm gonna have to check it out. pointless story: my ex-gf and her roomate handed out a shitload of free condoms and anal-ease for her sorority (feel free to make all the slut comments you want) and we still had an assload (GET IT??!) left over. so me and my friend squeezed it all over the hallway of the dorms, literally hundreds of tiny sample bottles and had the greatest drunken slip and slide ever. some kid got a mild concusion slaming into someones door, it was awesome. though it took me about 4 showers to get all the lube off of me and out of my hair and stunk lke that shit in the hall for weeks.

trolley (September 13, 2005)

I've always loved these guys. I can't wait to hear this album. Thank god for torrents until it gets released in NA.

Anonymous (September 13, 2005)

Not that I don't still get homosexual urges, it's just that those urges don't make me listen to SS. Those urges make me oil myself up and roll down the man-n-slide.

fistchode (September 13, 2005)

Do they sound like No Fun At All? I like No Fun At All quite a bit.

stevejonestherealbones (September 13, 2005)

Jones, if i had mentioned a beautiful river would that make you more inclined to check it out?


that hurts more than when you called me gay right after... coming from king of the elephant walk though, takes some of the sting out of it

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

AlmostPunkEnough (September 13, 2005)

Dante, you're getting non-homosexual ugers?? i don't even know who you are anymore....

Jones, if i had mentioned a beautiful river would that make you more inclined to check it out? you really should though, i think you might like it. of course, i thought you might like girls, but i was waaaaay off.

i had no idea that so many people had postive things to say about this album, good times.

Anonymous (September 13, 2005)

i saw them play in toronto in 97. good show, but kind of boring with the drummer singing.

Anonymous (September 13, 2005)

And the first "capital" is meant to be "capacity". Damnit.

Anonymous (September 13, 2005)

"From what I gather, the Satanic Surfers are reasonably popular in Europe, and especially in their native Sweden"

They didn't sell out a 600 capital venue in the capital.
And millencolin who're supposedly "huge" here didn't sell more than 1300 to their latest headline gig.

Anonymous (September 13, 2005)

They're releasing this record in Canada on the 27'th, and on their website it says they're planning to do their first U.S. tour in support of this album.

Inspection12e (September 13, 2005)

One band I could never get into.

stevejonestherealbones (September 13, 2005)

i had no idea this was a swedish band. but i never really listened to them. i think i have only heard there name thrown around a little a few years ago. maybe i check it out if this band is lucky

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (September 13, 2005)

I hate your review only because I've written like three thus far that have yet to be posted. Anyhow, I do love this band. They're not a band I can listen to everyday, but I certainly do get in urges (you know the non-homosexual kind) and when I do I needs to hear some SS. Nice review too.
P.S. I'm not actually bitching I know there are like a gajillion reviews in que.

pastepunk (September 13, 2005)

This disc is phenomenal... makes me have warm thoughts of 1996 all over again. I'd hesitate in saying they don't have much of a US following as they've had multiple albums distributed in the US on popular labels (Epitaph & Hopeless). This can be ordered from Bad Taste's website, www.badtasterecords.se, and I don't believe shipping to the US is all that much.

jbigwig (September 13, 2005)

The Surfers are a great band and I must say that their release "Hero of our Time" was one of the first punk albums I ever owned.

Too bad Rodrigo doesn't kill it on the drums anymore because to watch that guy drum and keep the melodies that he did was a pretty damn cool sight to see. None the less I'm stoked to see if this is better than their last.

AlmostPunkEnough (September 13, 2005)

Mute98, i didn't really mean to sound like i didn't like the song, i really do. in my opinion i just woulda picked a different first single, i don't know if 'U I R1' really has the same feeling as the rest of the disc, and it kinda reminds me of some other song which i can't think of (it's been pissing me off for days).

psychoos231 (September 13, 2005)

oh no US. release.
I'll download the album then.

psychoos231 (September 13, 2005)

Good review sir, I'll have to check the record.

Anonymous (September 13, 2005)

when do you review the new RANDY album?

Anonymous (September 13, 2005)

worst band ever

Anonymous (September 13, 2005)

jag älskar Satanic Surfers!

AlmostPunkEnough (September 13, 2005)

holy shit!! this got posted. this is my first actual CD review, so sorry if it's awful. i really love this album.

Mute98 (September 13, 2005)

i fucking love this cd

U I R 1 was actually one of my favs haha

blade-runner (September 13, 2005)

Pretty Fun

inagreendase (September 13, 2005)

Pretty good stuff. I can't see this getting much more play out of me, though.

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