A horrible hack

Anomie

Discography 1994 – 1997

Year Released: 2003
Format: CD
Label: Boislève - Spurt
 
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Jun 13, 2007
Anomie. Another great, dead French band. Ferociously intense hardcore with emo - "emo" as in the way it was supposed to sound before the term was co-opted by dumb fucks dumb thinking it just meant drab indie rock - leanings. Musically maybe like Born Against crossed with Torches to Rome (or, for the French hardcore connoisseur, somewhere between Fingerprint and Undone) – thick and chugging, but always managing to thread a semi-melody in along the way. The full-frontal assault is complemented by neat bass runs, pretty arpeggios and the occasional acoustic strum. Vocals are torn from the lungs and screamed, primarily female, with some male back-ups from time to time. It works really, really well and sounds so damn passionate.

As with lots of the bands of this genre, Anomie sang with gut-feeling and emotion, writing powerful, intelligent lyrics that dealt with political and societal issues. Sexism, racism, war, self-image, consumerism. Songs that actually fucking meant something.

The icing on the cake is a nicely put-together cardboard package and enormous lyric sheet/poster which includes translations for every lazy ass who can’t be bothered with a language that isn’t their own.

Awesome and inspiring, in a nutshell.

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