Government Warning - Executed [7 inch] / Paranoid Mess [12 inch] (Cover Artwork)

Government Warning

Government Warning: Executed [7 inch] / Paranoid Mess [12 inch]Executed [7 inch] / Paranoid Mess [12 inch] (2009)
Grave Mistake / No Way

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Government Warning simultaneously released a new 7" and LP on the same day last year (at least, according to RevHQ), and what's nice is that both have their own exclusive songs. These are both solid in their own right and have the same relative hardcore style, but they don't necessarily seem to be c.
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Government Warning simultaneously released a new 7" and LP on the same day last year (at least, according to RevHQ), and what's nice is that both have their own exclusive songs. These are both solid in their own right and have the same relative hardcore style, but they don't necessarily seem to be companion releases. Instead, you get two pretty uniform, stand-alone slabs of wax from Government Warning.

First, the Executed 7". This is a fast pair of almost lo-fi, scrappy '80s hardcore tunes from the band, as usual; but unlike 2007's Arrested 7"--which is what I'd last heard of them--this really doesn't sound like the Adolescents at all to me. It reminds me more of the thump of Black Flag's Nervous Breakdown 7" with the snot-punk attitude of the Germs circa (GI), even if that combo doesn't sound entirely different to you. The title track starts out a little more mid-tempo and rock'n'roll-oriented (at least, for GW), before picking up and slamming through an apathetic sounding but rapid pace. For a digital bonus you get a cover of Battalion of Saints' "Modern Day Heroes"; it fits in perfectly with the other two.

Although Paranoid Mess was recorded at the same place, with the same guy, and mastered by a different same guy, it tends to its name well; it just seems to be more abrasive and--perhaps unintentionally--reverb-y. It's got a top-flight speed on plenty of tracks, but the band slow it down a bit for subtly more melodic takes: "Urban Warfield" sounds like a suicidal take on Descendents' "Suburban Home," musically, before the band return to its ugly, screamed quick pacing with the mid-'80s sounding "Endless Slaughter." And if it wasn't for Kenny's more shrill, sharp voice and the band's generally punked-up coating, "Stop Again" could've been left off Age of Quarrel. This variation of older hardcore influences showing on this record (if that's the case, anyway) consequently makes Paranoid Mess a pretty engaging and very cohesive 27 minutes. Other highlights among the 15 tracks here include the raging and oddly catchy "Hour After Hour" and the title track.

Overall, Executed is a straight-up scalpel stab and Paranoid Mess is a longer-lasting burn, albeit one that loses a little steam on its flipside. But much of it manages to be a little more enriching and rewarding. It's a respectful and slight evolution for the band either way, though.

Executed 7": [3/5]
Paranoid Mess: [3.5/5]

Urban Warfield (Paranoid Mess)
Endless Slaughter (Paranoid Mess)
Glued (Paranoid Mess)


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droote (April 17, 2013)

This record (Paranoid Mess) is absolutely amazing. I wish Kenny's voice was more upfront and echoed though. I find it is fascinating how the guitar is predominately in the right channel so that the bass and drums may get more attention.

Enough is Enough is very special I think. It is far more melodic than anything that they have done, it is almost melancholic. It sounds nothing like a GW song really, but I love it. In hindsight, the song is perhaps explaining what happened with the band at the end. As people probably know, they split up in 2011, and Enough is Enough sounds like the explanation why.

clonesandfashions (April 25, 2011)

Here is a pretty tight video edit of Governmemt Warning playing arrested at their last show in Kearny NJ 2/20/11!!!

Phantom_maggot (March 7, 2010)

This band makes me happy. Good stuff. I sometimes wish the vocals were less muddled.

hobbzoid (March 6, 2010)

For those in search of sounds that are "old school 1982" this is a perfect record.
It's not sloppy at all! Super tight, super fast, super hooky. It's like a faster Adolescents S/T LP.

So yeah go get this it rules.

surfanddestroylbi (March 6, 2010)

Nice to see these get reviewed. Paranoid Mess should have at least been mentioned here as one of the best albums of 2009 (instead of, i don't know, maybe Paramore?) The highlights for me are the "subtly more melodic takes" that i did not really expect, although it would have been nice to hear a blistering guitar solo like the one on "Blank."

mattramone (March 6, 2010)

Paranoid Mess is my gym music. SHIT GETS ME HYPE, BROSKIS.

Rastid (March 6, 2010)

good record. i enjoyed it.

dreeeamweaver (March 6, 2010)

another blatant ripoff of green day. BORING.

GlassPipeMurder (March 6, 2010)

Great band.

raveneffect (March 6, 2010)

Bout time someone reviewed this shit.

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