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Frenzal Rhomb

Frenzal Rhomb: Forever Malcolm YoungForever Malcolm Young (2006)
Shock Records

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For those unfortunate souls who are unaware, Frenzal Rhomb are the truest Australian punk band out and have been for over a decade. Before recording their first full-length in 1995 they had toured with Blink-182, Bad Religion and the Offspring. Think of a faster, more aggressive NOFX, with more offe.
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For those unfortunate souls who are unaware, Frenzal Rhomb are the truest Australian punk band out and have been for over a decade. Before recording their first full-length in 1995 they had toured with Blink-182, Bad Religion and the Offspring. Think of a faster, more aggressive NOFX, with more offensive and controversial lyrics. If that sounds like your thing, and you can get over the heavy Australian accented lyrics, then please, please check these guys out.

Forever Malcom Young is the band's latest effort, spanning 20 tracks in a little over 30 minutes and giving an opinion on anything and everything. If you couldn't figure it out, the album title is a play on Youth Group's single "Forever Young" and Malcolm Young was the guitarist and chief lyricist of AC/DC.

The title track kicks the album off in an abrasive fashion with heavy, layered guitars and a minute and a half of speed-ranting about how Malcolm Young never gets the credit he deserves. A good opener, but no indication of the assault coming in the next few songs, in particular the eye-popping "Johnny Ramone Was in a Fucken Good Band, But He Was a Cunt (Gabba Gabba You Suck)" which is around 45 seconds ofâ?¦wellâ?¦Johnny bashing. The following track is probably the most controversial song off the record: "Red Wine and Alter Boys," which discusses the priests from the news who touch boys. With lyrics like "Is that a dress on your clothesline? [...] Twenty years of angry guilt and hypocrisy just to pass the time / Twenty victims and a government cover-up / tow the party line / you fucked up innocence with holy blessings and the index finger of Christ / and forgiveness is your god-given right but red wine and alter boys are no way to relieve your troubled mind" -- this also takes a stab at the government (If you don't know who John Howard is, ask your president who's tickling his ass). Not only is this song one of the best on the album, but it takes the tempo to a much more audible place.

The next few songs feature some chant-alongs and "Please Go Over There" (the worst song on the album) is the angriest duet in history, but the follower, "Fuck You and Your Stupid Band" is another gem. It takes another stab at religion ("If there's one thing I despise its being fed those right-wing lies") plus the whole emo scene ("They're only the one brand of emotions / And if I don't quite look the part you'll tell me not to even start"). This is followed by "Cruelty to Animals" which claims the wave of cat burnings in Australia (yep, cat burnings) are the new "Yoyo" AKA the new craze. Other good songs to follow are "Medicine Balls," "Holiday Not Vacation" and "Find Your Way Home."

One good thing about Frenzal is that if they know a song is a filler, they will have it over and done with in a few seconds and move on to something better, case of point being their 20-second outbursts about CAPS lock and the text dictionary. Unlike many other bands, the short songs do nothing to hinder the continuity of the album and it flows well all the way through. If you aren't pissing yourself laughing and can pick your jaw up off the floor at the unbelievable lyrical content, this record will have you chanting for many a listen.

Forever Malcolm Young is a refreshing serving of straight-up punk rock. Provided you're not a narrow-minded, easily offended emo religious politician related to Johnny Ramone, you should definitely try to get your hands on this. The band still have connections to Fat Wreck Chords and the Fat Wreck version should supposedly be available in America sometime in the near future.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
grealy (June 15, 2007)

This band was awesome when i was 11 years old. Then again, so were limp bizkit.

Anonymous (June 14, 2007)

Here's a link to their video for "Forever Malcolm Young."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzN5YYT_HZE

Anonymous (June 14, 2007)

Alphaville original or not, Frenzal Rhomb flat out said that they were taking a jab at their friends, Youth Group.

thughnun (June 14, 2007)

"Forever Young" is 1st done by ALPHAVILLE in the 80's. Its not a YOUTH GROUP original. Are you sure you got your facts straight?

dlangl4 (June 14, 2007)

Great review.

I have never heard this band, but now I will check out some of their earlier stuff.

Anonymous (June 13, 2007)

pretty sure the reason it hasnt been released in the US yet is because of Jay and the Doc's radio commitments. They cant tour and promote the album outside australia. So fatwreck is holding it off till they can.

Anonymous (June 13, 2007)

"please go over there is probably one of the best songs on the album. the reviewer is fucking retarded."

yeah everyone who disagrees with you is retarded. of course.

Anonymous (June 13, 2007)

the title track is shit hot

-Strewtho- (June 13, 2007)

Scores for Bodyjar.

Anonymous (June 12, 2007)

i wouldnt say they are faster than nofx.

Anonymous (June 12, 2007)

"good album and all...but i think we can all agree the best band from the land down under is a little band called SILVERCHAIR!!!! "

....no.

HumanUnkind (June 12, 2007)

This album is good, short and fun.

guitarmy87 (June 12, 2007)

please go over there is probably one of the best songs on the album. the reviewer is fucking retarded.

regardless, one of the best albums i've heard in a long time.

score is for frenzal rhomb.

Anonymous (June 12, 2007)

good album and all...but i think we can all agree the best band from the land down under is a little band called SILVERCHAIR!!!!

"You gonna wait 'til, fat boy,
Fat boy, wait til tomorrow!!!!"

so good.

jt (June 12, 2007)

Fat mike better put out this shit in America. Go Frenzal Go

Anonymous (June 12, 2007)

burning cats? that's just stupid.

Anonymous (June 12, 2007)

always hates this band. i have no idea what the point is.

feeeding5000 (June 12, 2007)

"Frenzal Rhomb are the truest Australian punk band out and have been for over a decade."
I would disagree with this assertion, because this band sucks. Unless Australia is really that bereft of quality punk bands, you might need to do some more research. Of course, I know next to nothing about Aussie punk, but I'd say that Pisschrist smokes this band's shit every day of the week.

branden (June 12, 2007)

its a reference to youth group. they know its a cover, theyre friends with yg though, and thats why they named it as is.

R3venge_Therapy (June 12, 2007)

Fact: There are multiple songs that have been written in musical history that have been titled "Forever Young", and Youth Group didn't write that song anyway. So I'm not so sure your insight on the title of this record is correct.

Anonymous (June 12, 2007)

Are you positive it's the Youth Group cover that's being refrenced or could it be that wonderful 80's anthem released by Alphaville that Youth Group covered. Not being ana l just saying if it's a cover don't cite it as that bands go straight to the source.

pricey (June 12, 2007)

fucking awesome album. i reviewed it but i guess someone got there first. nice review

Anonymous (June 12, 2007)

"It takes another stab at religion (â??If thereâ??s one thing I despise its being fed those right-wing liesâ?ť)"

what does that quotation have to do with religion?

CapnHawk (June 12, 2007)

I'm really not too fond of this Frenzal album, it's a good album, but there's just something about it I dont like.

It translates to a good live show though.

ThomPunkAheaddotcom (June 12, 2007)

Frenzal rule although this album has caught me as much as Shut Your Mouth or Sans Souci or A Man's Not a Camel... What's going on with release outside Australia/Japan? From what I know they seem to be still with Fat Wreck but this was released a long time ago.

AlmostPunkENough (June 12, 2007)

great, great cd from an entirely too underrated band.

punk_rawk_show (June 12, 2007)

Bodyjar is still the best Australian punk band, followed by Frenzal Rhomb.

punk_rawk_show (June 12, 2007)

Ive never been a huge fan of Frenzal, never really liked the voice, even though they are locals for me. Saw them last year with Lawrence Arms, and they totally owned the Larry Arms ( who i really like ). I was very shocked.

GlassPipeMurder (June 12, 2007)

Disregard my previous question...score is for my reading skills.

bloofy (June 12, 2007)

Frenzal Rhomb makes me glad to be an Australian. Best live band I've seen.

GlassPipeMurder (June 12, 2007)

Whoa, this came outta nowhere! Fat's not puttin' it out I guess?

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