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Racetraitor

Racetraitor: Burn the Idol of the White MessiahBurn the Idol of the White Messiah (1999)
Uprising Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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If you've found yourself in any form of educational institution within the last three years or so, chances are you've been lectured on the inconsistency of Wikipedia and discouraged from using it as a research tool for fears that some large portion of its information may be inaccurate due to e-hijac.
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If you've found yourself in any form of educational institution within the last three years or so, chances are you've been lectured on the inconsistency of Wikipedia and discouraged from using it as a research tool for fears that some large portion of its information may be inaccurate due to e-hijackers and jokesters entering completely unfounded information on entries. Personally, I've always felt like these suspicions were a bit exaggerated, and have found Wikipedia a useful resource in nearly field of query.

For example, if it weren't for Wikipedia, how would I have known that:

Racetraitor (1995-1999) was a political straight edge metalcore band from Chicago, Illinois who managed to get on the covers of both Maximum Rock N' Roll and HeartattaCk before releasing a note of music. Known for calling audience members "crackers" and for espousing radical beliefs influenced by black nationalism, third worldism and other anti-colonial ideologies (and for some members, eventually, Islam). Their lyrical content revolved around issues of privilege, Western dominance of the Third World and inequalities in globalization. Additionally the band addressed issues pertaining to constructions of sexuality in America, corporate dominance of economic and public life, veganism and the straight edge lifestyle. The name Racetraitor was in reference to using one's social and economic privilege to create a more egalitarian world. The idea was to take the pejorative term "race traitor" used by white American racists and claim it as a positive self-chosen label. The band's message also held that "race" was an artificial and constructed human category. They released an album called 'Burn the Idol of the White Messiah' on Uprising Records and then a split EP called 'Make Them Talk' on Trustkill with their friends in the Indianapolis band Burn It Down. The band were also followers of Fred Hampton Jr and encouraged their fans to write to him, visit him in prison, and raise money for his legal defense
???? I mean, why else would I be slightly intrigued if not for Wikipedia?

Oh, maybe the fact the band is called RACETRAITOR and featured two members who would go on to form a fairly popular band you might have heard of.

Though it's said more often than it's true, Racetraitor may actually be so divisive that "you either love 'em or you hate 'em." Or I suppose you could be like me and find amusement in the abrasiveness of the message while only vaguely enjoying the music. While perfectly tolerable in the handful of songs that don't top the two-minute mark ("Curse," "Dar-al Harb," "Suffocation"), four minutes of blast-beats and metalcore crunches ("Broken Dust") wanes on excessive. However, the longer songs are usually as such due to mid-song devices like spoken word breaks ("Cast You Down"), acoustic interludes ("Path to Misery") or extended drum solos ("Broken Dust").

Lyrically, Rt attacks colonialism, slavery, non-Muslim organized religion (Zionism in "Dar-al Harb" and Christianity in "Cast You Down") but is best when articulating a poetic, rebellious ire, spit with passion like in the nearly taqwacore/powerviolence of "Suffocation": "Academies packed full ready to kill for the throne, in drone / Gouging at any voice of fist raised to piercing / State stands in death of the defense / The resistance falls in flock / For your ideal power feeds / Brokering the means of survival and liberty / When the soot falls down from the sky and hope breaks loose / Are you numbed by the blade being pointed at you?"

I don't really know how to end this review, but I'd just like to point out that never once did I directly mention Fall Out Boy. Oh wait…d'oh!

 

 
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thomas7155 (June 16, 2008)

I have thought it through. Western Culture may have it's flaws, but you can't just use them to justify cultish nonsense.

sugarfull (June 13, 2008)

Any time you're putting the words "fuck" next to something that people cherish and care about, you really have to think about why you are saying it. People need to be more nuanced about these things.

DrGunn (June 12, 2008)

when did it become ok to just yell "fuck islam!"? if someone were yelling "fuck judaism", people would be freaking out on them. try "fuck religion in general", but once you start picking out one that isn't your own specific background, you're starting to stray into the realm of bigotry.

thomas7155 (June 11, 2008)

I'd just like to say FUCK EGALITARIANISM, BLACK NATIONALISM, and ISLAM.

skolarx (June 11, 2008)

wasn't tim from rise against involved with this band at some point too, or am i thinking of arma angelus?
this is a pretty decent record although like killtheslavemaster the politics are so over the top they almost seem like a parody

DickAround (June 11, 2008)

Music is dumb and moshy. I like this CD though. B o t c h did write that song about these dudes, something to do with the fact that their politics usually came first. Score's for them.

d_bag (June 11, 2008)

i don't know shit about Racetraitor, so i can't make real comparisons, but if you're interested, there is a pretty cool band from Pittsburgh named (after the Racetraitor song, i think) Path to Misery. check them out, they have new songs up from their upcoming full length.

http://www.myspace.com/pathtomisery

blip (June 10, 2008)

"isn't this the band botch wrote "c thomas howell..." about?"

sounds like propagandhi tome!

sugarfull (June 10, 2008)

Yeah, I think it was these kinds of bands that Botch was talking about in that song. Score is for Botch.

DrGunn (June 10, 2008)

isn't this the band botch wrote "c thomas howell..." about?

feeeding5000 (June 10, 2008)

Hahaha, this fucking album! One of the absolute ass-ends of '90s metalcore. I mean, there is so little "'core" in this record, it's hard to imagine what prevents it from being straight-up metal other than scene identification and politics. Really, this is one of those stupid/scary albums that makes you wonder how the '90s could produce such amazing, and awful, HC. Ideologically, this reminds me of the Hardline and Krishna bands - ridiculous ideas with music that isn't all that punk. Still, at least Vegan Reich was powerful hardcore, and Shelter was clever (if preachy) alt-rock.

When I finally make my return to reviewing, I'm gonna hafta write up so many dated (but awesome) '90s hardcore albums.

sugarfull (June 10, 2008)

Thank you so much for reviewing this record. Racetraitor are so over the top, and its great how half the band is now in Fall Out Boy.

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