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Refused Makes Decibel's 'Hall Of Fame' List
July 28, 2010
Why people don't give more credit to this band for the sorely overlooked/underrated album, 'Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent' is beyond me. Seems it's always the album that doesn't do a damn thing for me is the one that hordes of people end up thinking is something wicked, when it's more noise oriented and way less unique, brilliant, or structured than what they'd done just prior to that. 'Songs To Fan The Flames' will always be my first choice of Refused albums to jam. I don't even own 'The Shape Of...' because it just doesn't stand out in my opinion. But again, that's solely my opinion... anyway, here's what the press releases said about Refused's Hall Of Fame deal:

The groundbreaking, highly influential and sadly extinct Swedish hardcore band Refused has been honored by Decibel with the prestigious "Hall of Fame" installment on the cover of their September issue in celebration of the recent Deluxe reissue of the group's classic album, 'The Shape of Punk to Come'.

In an unprecedented worldwide exclusive, Decibel delves deep in the psyche of one of the most important hardcore bands to discuss the making of their prophetically titled album. For the first time since their breakup in the late '90s, the entire band has come forward to talk about the trials and tribulation of recording the album that ultimately led to the demise of the band.

After the breakup, the quartet issued a legendary press release that demanded that newspapers burn all their photos of Refused and vowed not to "give interviews to stupid reporters who still haven't got anything about what we are about." Now, 12 years after the release of 'The Shape of Punk to Come', they've finally agreed to revisit the most painful chapter in the band's history.

Beginning today, fans can purchase a copy on newsstands or order online at
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HOME TOWN: Sweeden
Dennis Sandstrom (vocals)
Kristofer Steen (bass)
Jon Brannstrom (guitar)
Dennis Lyxzen (drums)

“If a band ever finds that it is not giving their best effort and playing at the edge of their abilities at all times, then they are not playing the kind of music that they should be playing.” – Patrick T. Daly, Oxford, UK – (taken from the liner notes of “The Shape of Punk to Come”) This philosophy, placed in the context of hardcore music, is what makes Refused so unique. Complex rhythms, hardcore rage, political activism and a dose of experimental sonic confusion all smashed together to create a seamless ball of energy. And this shit is STILL catchy! But this ain’t no pop record. There are twelve songs on “The Shape of Punk to Come”, and not one dud. Refused have set themselves apart by fuelling their collective creativity with the tension that is inherent in the band environment. With five creative forces using the whole to satisfy each of their own creative desires, there is potential for failure here. Fortunately, there is enough unity in the vision to turn tension into energy. Lyrically speaking, Refused delves heavily into the political arena. Their Anarchist stance becomes clear in “The Deadly Rhythm”, when they ask, “Is it our duty to die for governments and for gods? / Is it our privilege to slave for market and industry? / Is it our right to follow laws set to scare and oppress? / Is it our gift to stay in line and will it take away the blame? / We can no longer pay the price / We'll get organized / We will no longer believe that working for you will set us free.” Stretching beyond the political arena and into the area of personal motivation, they attempt to light a fire under your ass in “Summer Holidays vs. Punk Routine” by saying, “We're all tired of dying / So sick of not trying / Scared that we might fail / We'll accomplish nothing / Not even failure.”