Monday, June 7, 2010

Review #127: Rejectors - Thoughts of War (EP) (1982)


THOUGHTS OF WAR (EP)

Year: 1982
Genre: Punk Rock
Sub-Genres:
Hardcore
Label:
Fartz Records
Tracks:
9
Length:
7 Minutes
Style:
Political
My Rating:
6/8

The Rejectors were an early '80s hardcore band from Seattle, Washington (future home of 'grunge' music!). As far as I know, they probably only lasted a few years before disbanding (the last thing they ever did was released on some 1984 compilation which also featured the Melvins, Beat Happening, and many other bands). This is the band's first release, and it's a nine-song 7" EP, released in 1982 by "Fartz Records" (probably having something to do with the Seattle band called the Fartz).


1. High Command

A very fast, crashing song about United States citizens being commanded by the government (under Ronald Reagan) to go to war. Packed with energy.


2. Rejection

Really great riff. The guitar sounds great, and so does the drumming. Can't find the lyrics to the song, so I dunno what it's about. The instrumental repeat of the verse riff near the end sounds great to me, for some reason.


3. Mercy Killers

Once again, very fast tempo. The guitars seem tuned in a way that provides unique, up-beat sounding chords.


4. Fight Establishment

My guess is that this song's about, well, "fighting establishment". However, I could be completely fucking wrong. Great verse riff. Group shouts in the chorus. End of Side 1.


5. Thoughts of War
Begins with a slow intro. The main sections of the song are very fast. The chorus pounds and crashes, while the verse flies and thrashes.


6. Life With Liberty

Shortest song on the EP. Very fast.


7. Slaves
The real stand-out for this track is the drumming. It's somewhat sloppy, but amusing at the same time. Guess what? This song is fucking FAST! WHOOPEDY-DOOP!!! HEE HEE HAWWW.


8. How Do You Know

Geez, here's a "long song" -- IT'S A WHOLE FUCKING MINUTE LONG. WOWWWWWWWEEEY. The riff is as frantic as the pace of the music. Hell, there's even a little guitar solo in here.


9. Go Die

ME? GO DIE? OH NOE! Great riff in all parts. More group shouts. FHGDFHGHDFHGFDHGDFGHDFHGHHSFHDHFDSHFHSDHFSDHFHSDHFDHGDFHGHG "GO DIE!". HOHOHOHO


A year after this EP came out, in 1983, the band recorded a split-LP with the Seattle punk-metal band, the Acc
├╝sed. The band likely broke up circa 1984 or 1985. The band claims that they were a minor influence on the grunge and post-punk music that would come out of Seattle shortly after they disbanded. But yes, if you're looking for a short, enjoyable hardcore EP to listen to, this would be a good one to listen to.

Top 3 Favorites:
1. Rejection
2. Fight Establishment
3. Go Die



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