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REFUSED – Neues Album „Freedom“

27 April 2015 No Comment


Nachdem wir uns schon sehr über ihre Live-Zusage beim Ruhrpott Rodeo gefreut haben, geht noch besser weiter: REFUSED veröffentlichen nach 17 Jahren mit „Freedom“ am 26.06.15 ein neues Studioalbum auf Epitaph (Vertrieb: Indigo)! Mit „Elektra“ steht bereits jetzt eine erste Songprobe zum Anhören bereit. Mit dem Meilenstein „The Shape of Punk to Come“ (inkl. der Hit-Single „New Noise“) aus dem Jahr 1998 prägten die Schweden ein ganzes Genre und präsentierten eine noch nie zuvor gehörte Mischung aus Punk, Metal, Hardcore, Techno, Jazz, Emo und Hip-Hop. Im selben Jahr trennte sich die Band und gab bekannt „Refused Are Fucking Dead“.

Offizielle Infos, Tracklist und Zitate von der Band lesen sich wie folgt:

REFUSED ARE FUCKING ALIVE! There’s No Escape. Pre-orders for Freedom, including a limited edition exclusive CD package that includes a 28 page hardbound book, exclusive artwork with gold foil stamping, and a double sided poster is available at refusedstore.com.

In 1998 Refused released their iconic album The Shape of Punk to Come. It was also the year that the band broke up and declared „Refused Are Fucking Dead“. Fourteen years later, the band reignited in 2012 for a Coachella performance. The group started contemplating new music within the first four months of the reunion tour, a process greatly aided by the fact that drummer David Sandström, guitarist Kristofer Steen, and bassist Magnus Flagge had already been writing together informally for several years under the auspices of a new, vocal-less band.

Frontman Dennis Lyxzén states: “It’s not a reunion anymore. “This is one of the most radical things we’ve ever done, both musically and lyrically.”
Drummer David Sandström adds: „Nobody wanted us to fuck with the image of the band who makes a great album and splits up. Nobody wanted us to dilute it. That actually provoked us.”

Freedom explodes out of the speakers with opening track “Elektra,” as Lyxzén throat-shredding declaration that “nothing has changed” catapults Refused into the 21st century. Production for Freedom was overseen by Nick Launay (Gang Of Four, Public Image Ltd., Nick Cave, and Arcade Fire). “Elektra” and “366” were produced and co-written by fellow Swede and longtime Refused fan Shellback, who has scored eight No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with artists such as Taylor Swift and Pink.
Refused returns to the US with a performance at the Punk Rock Bowling festival in Las Vegas on May 24, followed by a sold out small club tour this spring. Additionally Refused will tour with Faith No More this summer. Full tour dates are below.

Released in 1998, The Shape of Punk to Come has become one of the most influential albums in decades, fusing punk,  metal, hardcore, techno, jazz, emo, and hip-hop into a meld of intricate, politically charged punk that has graced ‘best of’ lists since its release. Refused’s most critically acclaimed album exploded on the scene with the jaw-dropping hardcore anthem “New Noise,” which helped change the game forever by influencing a range of genres to this day.


1. Elektra
2. Old Friends / New War
3. Dawkins Christ
4. Françafrique
5. Thought Is Blood
6. War On The Palaces
7. Destroy The Man
8. 366
9. Servants Of Death
10. Useless Europeans

May 02 Grozerock, Meerhout, Belgium
May 22 Ruhrpott Rodeo Open Air Festival, Hünxe, Germany




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