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Failed States

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Canadian "progressive thrash" legends Propagandhi join the Epitaph roster with their 2012 album Failed States, just in time for their politically engaged anthems to form a soundtrack to that magical theatrical production known as the US elections. Failed States is the band s sixth album, and their second as a fourpiece with the addition of Dave "The Beaver" Guillas on guitar. This has led to a distinctive thickening and fortifying of the band s sound, to the point where they now achieve maximum heaviness, in a good way. For example, in past years, their live show has been described as both "alright" and "ok. " With the addition of The Beaver to the arsenal, it is now being hailed as "decent" and "satisfactory. " This is most definitely the best Propagandhi album yet, full of loud, fast, indignant songs that stick in your head.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 4, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B008OHV4LA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,220 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Caveat: I've only had this album for a few hours but, as with the urgency of the album, I thought it important to get the message out there quickly.

I don't know what happens in the northern woods up there in Manitoba, but it makes for some magnificent abstract punk/thrash/progressive metal. I've followed Propagandhi since How to Clean Everything and I would challenge you to find a band that has a more interesting career progression. They often remind me of how Corrosion of Conformity got from Eye for an Eye to their current album (minus those couple of awful attempts at southern rock) - which seems appropriate since they covered them on that split 7" with Sacrifice. But, I digress.

I won't waste your time with a track by track review, but Failed States seems like the album the band has been aiming for since Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes. As with any Propagandhi release, it is just as much about the message as the music. I'm hard pressed to pick a favorite song, but "Duplicate Keys Icaro (An Interim Report)" is a straight ripper! However, I really love the infinitely stranger "Things I Like". I never thought I'd hear a mix of references to Kurt Russell as Captain Ron, The Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love", and Will and Grace followed by a verse in (I'm assuming, so excuse my ignorance) the language of Manitoba's native aboriginal community.

Everything before, after, and in-between is intensely interesting, as well. This is the next logical step from Supporting Caste, but definitely not Less Talk, More Rock Part II. As for the politics, these guys are the far left of the far left's left. Agree with them or not, they've been towing the same line so long that you can't question their sincerity. You can still enjoy this record, whatever your political bent. So shell out a few bucks and buy yourself something interesting.
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IT ROCKED MINE RIGHT OFF. GONE. DISAPPEARED. Now that I've been released from the hospital I owe them 300,000 dollars and will never own anything again, and they're gonna take my house and I'll be homeless because the industrial medical industry is the united states is a joke but at least I got to hear this album before they repo my iPod.
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It seems with each new album Propagandhi explores new territory and this album is no exception. Every time I hear a new record I am always surprised. They never do the same things twice and are always able to push their unique sound. To me their are one of the few punk/hardcore bands that strive to move forward and develop as artists.

Honestly this is a great album, but it isn't their best. I find the album to be less cohesive than their last two. They always have diverse songs on their albums, but it's a little more extreme in that department. Some songs sound too technical, maybe too metal even, some sound too rushed and frenetic and others are perfect. There isn't one bad song on this album and I am sure plenty of people won't mind what I have mentioned, but for me it's not as good as Supporting Caste.

You will still find everything you want to hear from this band and this album is still better than 99% of the crap that's out there. I am sure after a few more listens I will enjoy this album as much as their last few. Anyways buy, listen and enjoy some of the best music to ever come out of the Great White North.
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I didn't really pay attention to this record at first because I liked the older style of Propagandhi. The more I listened to it, the more I loved it and now I would call it my hands down favorite Propagandhi record. If you like "How to Clean Everything" and the thrashier songs on "Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes" didn't thrill you, then this might not be your thing. Anyone else should give it a shot.
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Propaghandi will always be the most technical, interesting and in your face punkrock band in the world. This album though is a bit like pizza, it's not bad and because it's Propaghandi (pizza) it's still very good but it didn't rock my socks off. Was this album made by any other band I would have given it 4 stars but in the light of Propaghandi's awesome discography I expected a little more, therefore 3 stars.
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Yes, The wait is finally over and Propagandhi is back with what i would consider as their heaviest album since TODAYS EMPIRE TOMORROW'S ASHES! This one is another grower my friends; The tone is heavy, the riffs are fast, the melodies are brutal and the arrangements are gorgeously complex. So, as charming as it may sound on your 1st try, the album will indeed take a few spins before revealing itself, before you stop picking your nose and really "sink" in and understand the songs.

As another reviewer wisely pointed out in his review, this is probably the closest thing to "Todays Empire Tomorrow's Ashes" the band as done yet so im sorry to say that the fast and catchy melodies of "How To Clean Everything" are gone now. "Supporting Caste" had maybe 1 or 2 but "Failed States" is on a totally different level. Definitely not recommended for pubeless teens rockin on Simple Plan's tunes. This album is raw, brutal and 100% Punk Rock. The complexity of the riffs and arrangements will require the listeners to really pay attention. Lots of things can happen in only 1 song...The songs structures often goes way beyond the standard "verse-chorus" thing, which makes things even more interesting as each songs have a little something to it....

The sound quality is amazing, you cant miss it if you have a good sound system. The album is still growing strong on me but so far i would say that my favourites are "Failes States" "Devils Creek" "Things I Like" "Dark Matters" and "Duplicate Keys Icaro (an iterim report)". The riffs on these songs should make any metal head drool on the floor. If you know the band and you like punk rock then you should go for it. If not, then you should probably hear the samples before buying it. This one is not for everyone folks! Beware....
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