War Music marks the Swedish hardcore punk outfit’s fifth overall full-length, and second since their 2014 reunion. It follow’s 2015’s comeback album, Freedom, and is their first release under a new deal with Spinefarm and Search & Destroy.
Politically minded as ever, War Music finds the band making “a complete return to form with its catchy, heavy, melodic blend of punk rock and hardcore – all wrapped in the catchiest of hooks,” according to a press release. Speaking to NME earlier this year, vocalist Dennis Lyxzén discussed coming back after a 14-year absence and retaining the same drive:
“From the beginning our band was never about making money or getting famous. The agenda was to create a platform for us to be creative and radical. We were raised on the language of punk and hardcore and it continues to be crucial to the identity of Refused. We’re privileged to be in a position where some people are interested in the music and the ideas expressed by our band and we don’t take that lightly. Both myself and David [Sandström, drums] grew up in working class families. I think in some way I still feel like nobody wants to hear what I have to say. Now I have a platform I’m definitely going to use it.”
“Blood Red”, “REV001”, and “Economy of Death” served as preview tracks. Listen to the entirety of War Music below. You can also catch Refused supporting the record on a North American tour with Youth Code and Metz early next year. Get tickets here.
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War Music Tracklist:
02. Violent Reaction
03. I Wanna Watch the World Burn
04. Blood Red
06. Turn the Cross
07. Damaged III
08. Death in Vännäs
09. The Infamous Left
10. Economy of Death