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Refused – The Shape Of Punk To Come (A Chimerical Bombination In 12 Bursts) (2xLP)

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  • he Shape of Punk to Come: A Chimerical Bombination in 12 Bursts, often shortened to The Shape of Punk to Come, is the third album by Swedish hardcore punk band Refused, released on October 27, 1998 through Burning Heart Records.

    Although Refused broke up only months after the album's release, The Shape of Punk to Come has since found an audience for the band and largely contributed to their posthumous fame, as well as inspiring many later artists in a wide range of genres. Kerrang! magazine listed The Shape of Punk to Come at #13 on their 50 Most Influential Albums of All Time list in 2003.

    This album marked a sharp and conscious departure from Refused's earlier work. The philosophy of the album, expounded in the ample liner notes and encapsulated in the song "New Noise", was that punk and hardcore music could not be anti-establishment by continuing to package revolutionary lyrics in sounds which had been increasingly co-opted into the mainstream. The sound of the record challenged existing punk sensibilities; it can be seen as "punk" at a fundamental level and includes experimental combinations of post-hardcore, post-punk, techno, and jazz sounds.

    The album also includes "political interludes" between some songs. The use of more technological sounds or drum and bass music, particularly on The New Noise Theology E.P. which followed the album, is a tactic that various members of Refused have credited to the influence of Philadelphia punk band Ink & Dagger.


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  • Artist: Refused
    Label: Epitaph
    Format: LP
    Units: 2
    Country: Europe
    Style: Hardcore, Punk
  • A1 Worms Of The Senses / Faculties Of The Skull
    A2 Liberation Frequency
    A3 The Deadly Rhythm
    B1 Summerholidays Vs. Punkroutine
    B2 Bruitist Pome #5
    B3 New Noise
    C1 The Refused Party Program
    C2 Protest Song '68
    C3 Refused Are Fuckin Dead
    D1 The Shape Of Punk To Come
    D2 Tannhäuser / Derivè
    D3 The Apollo Programme Was A Hoax