Fronted by the multi-disciplinary, Mohawked, Manchester icon that is John Robb, Goldblade remain one of the biggest bands on the countercultural scene, whilst maintaining their credibility in all that they do. "The Terror Of Modern Life", the sixth album from Goldblade, will be released on Overground Records May 20th, and promises to deliver a relentless statement of intent.
In a recent interview Pauline Black described The Selecter's new material as a movement on from 2 Tone and the same can perhaps be said of the direction Goldblade are taking their Punk ethos with this album. Goldblade have always embraced and acknowledged aspects of other subcultures, be it heavy soul, rock or reggae, and this album is no exception.
Track one, "This is War" sets the battlefield scene, an anarchic battle cry of a song. "Psycho Takes A Holiday" follows suit with its irreverent moments of Spinal Tap gone punk solos and the line "Axis of Evil, psychotic treacle". "The Shaman Are Coming" thrashes itself to pieces before collapsing into a compressed War Pigs style guitar solo.
The seriously dubby "Serious Business" sounds like some wonderful jam session between The Clash and DJ Letts, with Tony Iommi turning up again to bring the casbah to a close.
The chorus of "We're All In It Together" appropriates a slogan into a triumphant football terrace chant - a proper punk rock n roll stomp. "Someone Stole My Brain" is a heavy metallic, choppy, discordant hardcore interpretation of Holst's Bringer of War. "My Mind Is Like An Atom Bomb" continues the Punk Rock War monger theme. "Sick/Tired" and "They Kiss Like Humans, Act Like Machines" are anthemic slabs of rock n roll punk that could have been recorded 30 years ago, or yesterday.
"Guilty" is 88 seconds of pure British punk-hardcore and this pace continues over the next two tracks lulling the listener into a buoyant frenzy. The final track, the album's title track then announces its arrival with a terrifying 3 minutes of menacing horror soundtrack guitar. "The Terror Of Modern Life" then settles into its mechanical assault on the listener, it is a huge track (certainly by punk standards) weighing in at 8:19 with guitars giving another nod to Gustav's Mars.
"The Terror Of Modern Life" laughs in the face of adversity and questionable authority as British Punk (albeit a very post Black Flag era interpretation British Punk) does best. Far from being full of doom this is an uplifting album full of camaraderie, but with a wake-up call for those who have become apathetic or complacent in this modern age. Proof that Goldblade are as sharp as ever.
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