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Radical Attack - Priority (Cover Artwork)

Radical Attack

Radical Attack: PriorityPriority (2006)
Ghost Town [CD] / Vinyl Addict [LP]

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: GlassPipeMurderGlassPipeMurder
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I know what your mother said, but that shouldn't stop you from judging this by its cover. This band is GOOFY. Not like the Atom and His Package, "hey look, I'm an individual" sense, but if you take a band like Radical Attack too seriously you could end up with a hernia. Blasting out 23 songs in w.


I know what your mother said, but that shouldn't stop you from judging this by its cover. This band is GOOFY. Not like the Atom and His Package, "hey look, I'm an individual" sense, but if you take a band like Radical Attack too seriously you could end up with a hernia.

Blasting out 23 songs in what seems like just as many minutes (plus the time taken flipping between the record's side A and B), Radical Attack churns forth a heavy, meaty style of hardcore with a crusty overtone. That's not to say they play crust though, but rather borrow from its aesthetic with vocals that hit somewhere between Siege and Napalm Death and brief explosions of hard-hitting tracks that aren't too different from contemporaries like Outbreak.

While the majority of the form can easily be identified as hardcore punk, the band isn't afraid to dip its toes in gloomy sludge parts or vicious blast beats, often Jekyll-and-Hyding between the two. Some even take on powerviolence nature, like the 14-second "Muckmen" whose lyrical entirety consists of the screams "Blank stare, addicted fool / Give it up, your head's about to explode!."

Which brings me to another point: Radical Attack is an overtly straight-edge band. This is where much of the ridiculousness kicks in. Though it's hard to decipher if you're not looking at a lyrics sheet (I thought I heard "You fucking dwarf!" in the song "Worm") many of Rad Attack's lyrics are as over-the-top as can be. Take "Light ‚??Em Up," for example: "White cancer sticks rolls on the streets / Keep that shit inside your car / 'Cause I am getting fired up / You're going to feel my rage / When you flick it out / It's burning me and I hate / This world you think you're in / Makes me wanna‚?¶light you up!" Hilarity.

The band also seems to mimic a lyrical theme of fellow Canadians Propagandhi on "Four More Years," though with substantially less grace: "Four more years of ‚??What the fuck?' / Doesn't matter who lost or won / Neither one was right or wrong."

Priority is a fun listen if you don't miss the point, taking advantage of the energy and enthusiasm to get your blood flowing, and the (un?)intentionally outrageous lyrics for comic relief.

 


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GlassPipeMurder (March 17, 2008)

miff: zombies have always, and will continue to be GOOFY until they day they stop being dead.

branden (March 17, 2008)

dont really like this dudes artwork, it all looks the same to me.

miff (March 16, 2008)

since when were zombies "GOOFY"?

douglas_is_rad (March 15, 2008)

I had no clue that he did the Comeback Kid Turn It Around cover. I really like a lot of his work.

d_bag (March 15, 2008)

yes, the guy who did this artwork is Mike Bukowski from Philadelphia, PA. he's well known for stuff like the NOFX "Regaining Consciousness" EP, that Outbreak "Eaten Alive" EP, and tons of other random shit like the Rock Against Bush cds and his work with the band RAMBO.

he rules. one of my favorite artists for hardcore/crust/punk albums, but he's really been branching out to do a lot of different stuff recently.

check out his work at http://www.lastchanceillustration.com

LookBackAndLaugh (March 14, 2008)

I've seen a couple of album covers that have similar artwork as this (I guess outbreak's "eaten alive" being one of them). Does anyone know if it's all the same guy?

sugarfull (March 14, 2008)

I love songs that are militantly anti-smoking. This one and Ed Gein's "go smoke a shotgun instead" line on "The Marlboro Man is a Douche Bag" are pretty funny to me.

skankin_in_the_pit (March 14, 2008)

When I saw the name Rad Attack my first thought was this would definitely be posi-thrash, and probably straight edge. That name just seems to fit in with all those bands like Right On, Hit Me Back, and Get Rad, and it sounds like they could be pretty similar. I should probably check this out.

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