Suicidal Tendencies - Freedumb (Cover Artwork)

Suicidal Tendencies

Suicidal Tendencies: FreedumbFreedumb (1999)

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"It's 1999 and going cyco is all that's on my mind"

Oh dear, I thought. It's been a long time and STILL no one has got Mike Muir that Pepsi he longs for. I bought this album as it was meant to be 'a return to their hardcore roots.' As I handed over my 13 I prayed to the almighty gods of punk:

"Please...no more funk metal."

My wishes were granted! Well, almost. Apart from the slap bass (from Josh Paul, bass player #4039 or something) and the frankly disgusting Chili Peppers-lite that is 'Heaven' it's a hardcore album! Well, almost.

The opener is the song 'Freedumb' and it's amazing! Very old school. I am jumping around my room like a mentalist at this moment - and this continues until track 7. From a musician's point of view Brooks Wackerman's (now in BR, sportsfans) drumming is the backbone of the album. My brother air-drums to this album daily. First half highlights include 'Ain't gonna take it' - containing the hilarious line 'it's a quarter to pain, and a half past hate' - and 'Cyco Vision' which apparently was in the soundtrack of Tony Hawk 1. I cannot confirm this myself, I only fell off a skateboard when I was about 8. Also 'Halfway up my Head' finds them experimenting (for about 30 seconds) with ska rhythms! In my book that's good but I know a lot of people hate that stuff. You'll hardly notice it, I promise.

The album slows down for the first time with 'Naked', then piledrives into 'Hippie Killer'. I don't really have a problem with Mike Muir endless rabbiting about how 'Suicidal' he is, but I could see how people could become easily annoyed. Especially when he shouts 'Suicidal Style' at the end of one of the songs. I just find it really funny myself. His heart's in the right place I guess. It is taken to a new level on 'We are Family', where around 80% of the lyrics are variations on the name of the band. The fact is though, like most of the songs on this album it is a great sing/shout-a-long ditty. The music is just plain fantastic, with much hardcore riffage. I dunno, it's just something my metal friends say.

Anyway, discounting a couple of tracks, this is a great album to get the uninitiated into hardcore punk. Maybe you're right on the edge, this could be the prod you need. I think this probably would have been hailed as a classic if it was released in the early-mid eighties. Ignoring the funky cack of course.

Classic ST Up-to-date production = Goodness for the whole family

I couldn't wait to hear the next album...and then it turned out to be funk metal. Oh well...you win some, you lose some.

Note - People like Fishbone do the whole funk metal thing very well, but I just think ST should stick to what they do best.


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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.
roosterboy (January 8, 2010)

Brooks Wackerman rules

GlassPipeMurder (May 3, 2007)

Awesome CD, great execution.

miff (December 24, 2005)

wow a review by someone else from this shit hole

Anonymous (November 14, 2005)

josh paul is an amazing bass player!!! I think he added an awesome new dimension to the sound on the last few albums.

evilash (November 15, 2002)

Holy shit this band is fucking terrible

eyeball_kid (May 3, 2002)


evildeadalive (April 29, 2002)

If by fucking awesome you mean fucking terrible, you are absolutely correct.

Anonymous (April 24, 2002)

Infectious Grooves were fucking awesome.

Eyeball_kid (April 21, 2002)

Cos less people know about it I guess.

Anonymous (April 20, 2002)

Why was this reviewed and not s/t?

evildeadalive (April 20, 2002)

I agree. Love their hardcore, hate their funkcore.

Anonymous (April 20, 2002)

I got the first comment again!!! fart on all you bitches!

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