Suicidal Tendencies - 'Still Cyco Punk After All These Years' Album Review
Legendary crossover thrash outfit Suicidal Tendencies notch up quite the racket on thirteenth studio album 'Still Cyco Punk After All These Years'.
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Instrumentation7.5
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Thirty five years is a damn long time, in any comprehension. Let alone to thrive for this long as one of the most radical and definitive crossover bands, as Suicidal Tendencies. The band are clearly still going strong, and are set to release brand new album ‘Still Cyco Punk After All These Years‘ on September 7th. The project title itself is a great indicator of the music it encompasses – defiant, in your face and very punk.

With quirky song titles like ‘Sippin From The Insanitea‘ (the only track that was previously unreleased), the album is a surefire for any Suicidal Tendencies fan and delivers just as much angst as they would muster decades ago, in the early days of the band snubbing boundaries and judgement. This track in particular, with it’s racing and technical guitar solos showcases how modern day anarchy can be transmuted effectively through song.

Still Cyco Punk After All These Years‘ serves largely as a modernised, re-recording of frontman Mike Muir’s 1996 solo album ‘Lost My Brain! (Once Again)‘ released under his apt moniker Cyco Miko. In fact, the only tracks from the 1996 original solo venture that didn’t get the redo treatment are ‘Cyco Mike Wants You‘ and ‘Ain’t Mess’n Around‘.

Muir claims the reason for this being initially a solo project is “at the time I didn’t feel it was, could or should be an ST album.” After many years and much more music, he’s of the opinion now that “I felt it not only could be, but it should be an ST album. Not retro but taking it 25 years forward and make it a modern Cyco Punk record. Extremely dangerous after so many years, but damn, I love these songs and I feel them so much. Perhaps surprisingly more now than when I was 30.”

The first single from the album titled ‘F.U.B.A.R.‘ provides a good taste of what can be expected from the remainder of the project:

While retaining the youthful exuberant feel that made Suicidal Tendencies the anarchic wrecking ball they proudly became known as, the band shows its wisened maturity through well structured songs. Many of the tracks flaunt lightning quick thrashy riffs the group is known for, there are a couple of moments they pull up for a slightly groovier number to good effect. This is evident on ‘Gonna Be Alright‘ which begins at said groovier, chilled pace then races through it’s verses at a more accustomed thrashing, to slow down into the hazier tempo once more and so forth. 

The addition of original Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo wielding the sticks of bashing was a solid move, as he certainly tightens things up ensuring the at times wailing in solo, at times racing in riffs of thrash guitars are ripped through in full effect. Vocalist Mike Muir passionately enunciates clear as day to make sure his words aren’t falling to waste, as you hear each syllable and feel the apparent emotion thoroughly. I do have a slight gripe with the mixing of the vocals though, as they can often sound as if Muir is effectively stood outside, giving them a distanced, disconnected feel. This isn’t a terribly overriding negative, just something that irks slightly when listening. This only occurs on a couple of instances, and can be seen to provide a certain ‘DIY’ & ‘band in a garage’ dimension that fits with the punk overtones like a tailored suit.

As you might expect, the majority of tracks blister through and span an average of three minutes, meaning they absolutely do not overstay their welcome. However album finale ‘Save A Piece For Me‘, which runs for six minutes proves ST are able to craft lengthier cuts as the track isn’t guilty of a second of boredom, rather it leaves you slightly dismayed that the song is in fact of such duration, for it feels far more swift than that suggests.

A ‘sticking it to the man’ soundtrack, ‘Still Cyco Punk After All These Years‘ is above all a fun listen and would be sure to rev things up a bit in a party atmosphere. One can only imagine the energy levels live performances of these songs would incite!

Still Cyco Punk After All These Years‘ is due for release on September 7th via their own label, Suicidal Records.

Still Cyco Punk After All These Years

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