WORLD GONE MAD SUICIDAL RECORDS, OUT NOW New line-up, same old sound from SoCal thrashers.
Together with D.R.I., Suicidal Tendencies were at the forefront of the mid-’ 80s crossover between hardcore punk and thrash metal. A third of a century on, they’re still exploring the same territory. Their 12th LP finds former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo among those flanking vocalist Mike Muir, the only constant member in a shifting line-up. The band’s latest iteration sound fresh enough, particularly on breakneck single Clap Like Ozzy, although Jeff Pogan’s guitar is overly showy. Lyrically, however, things aren’t so slick, particularly on the title track, which finds Muir railing against such zeitgeist-bothering evils as plastic surgery and TV. It’s a solid enough LP, but it’s hard to see this appealing very far beyond their fanbase. PHIL MONGREDIEN Listen To: Clap Like Ozzy