Sui­ci­dal Ten­den­cies

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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

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