Hell is empty and all the devils are here, drinking our beer! Bastards!
Having probably been in an alcohol induced coma for the past 22 years the UK's seminal punk act Satanic Malfunctions de-alchohibernate and unlike some other get-togethers of late don't sound like shit, and dare I say it they have gone so far as to improve on their original sound! Sharing locale, time period and antagonistic attitudes of equally crucial proto-grinders as Active Minds and Sore Throat and on the national scale Concrete Sox, Heresy, FETO era Napalm Death, Doom and Electro Hippies. Satanic Malfunctions bring that patently late 80's British crusty-anarcho spirit that polluted the airwaves 20 years ago back to the weird and wonderful world of 2013. Whilst at its heart and within its very life blood Them pumps that traditional British crustiness its sensibilities are far from antiquated, searingly slick production values clear a lot of the muck and clutter typically associated with the style going for production values one might find in an 80's era American hardcore outfit, whilst this added clarity makes for a more finer and punctuated delivery it still keeps the all round snotty and noxious rhythmic progressions one would expect at a low burn. Presumably songs are a bit lengthier too, based on my limited knowledge of Satanic Malfunctions, mostly consisting of Who Wants the World EP, but the mix of short to long (2 minutes) tracks is a lively tangle of riotous anthems and decadent pogoing that remains consistently fresh and extremely well choreographed with a tight musicianship and maturation well worth the vintage of Satanic Malfunctions. Punk idealists, quasi-philosophers turn political theorists and lyrical perusers will find strong themes of individualism and anarchy, attacking the sociological relationship between individuals and modern technology with tracks such as Technological Age and Everythings Digital, identity crises and the so called need to conform with Do You Know Who You Are and classic promotion of anarchy No Masters or Slaves and Disorder Rule.
Although not boasting the usual tonnage of material on my playlist, I have to say Satanic Malfunctions have released a cracking album worthy of patronage from crusties and grinders alike. Pure Punk Goodness!