Sick Of It All

Wake The Sleep­ing Dragon!

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff - Emma John­ston

NYHC lif­ers un­leash the fire in their bel­lies on al­bum 11. It’s 32 years since Sick Of It All formed in Queens, New York. A gang of an­gry young men with a thirst for so­cial jus­tice and a tal­ent for nose-blood­y­ing punk rock served up at 100mph along­side an all-en­com­pass­ing sense of com­mu­nity.

In 2018 they’re a gang of an­gry old men, and it’s clear from

Wake The Sleep­ing Dragon!’s rag­ing open­ing bar­rage of In­ner Vi­sions that they’ve lost none of their vim and vine­gar. But while the ti­tle track, Work The Sys­tem and Bad Hom­bres rail against the pow­ers that be and Bull’s An­them is an oddly jaunty an­i­mal-rights an­them, there’s pos­i­tiv­ity to be found in the likes of Crazy White Boy Shit (a high-oc­tane love let­ter to Bad Brains) and a gen­er­ous dose of hu­mour, not least in Self Im­por­tant Shirt­head, stick­ing it to the self-ob­ses­sion of so­cial me­dia and slam­ming to a con­clu­sion with a suc­cinct

‘Fuck off and die!’

In giv­ing them­selves the free­dom to write about any­thing, Sick Of It All have a fresh sense of can-do-any­thing fun to bal­ance the fury.

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