A horrible hack

AK47

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Year Released: 2010
Format: CD
Label: Reason Records
 
Reviewed by Tony on Apr 20, 2010
Fast hardcore punk from a Canadian band that’s been around since 1997. 24 songs in a couple of fewer minutes. The CD cover’s got Jaws. The logo’s got a hammer and sickle, but I think that’s just “for show”. Lyrics are broadly “political” which is always a bonus. But forget your Marx, this is protest politics of the rehearsal room. Here’s a sample: "Fuck racism fuck Skrewdriver and fuck you too". Got ya. Musically it’s occasionally a bit melodic, but it is always fast paced. The correct term is US HC, I think. At one point it sounded like BLITZ, which makes sense as bands like them had a great influence on that classic US HC sound. God, I can’t even remember the names of the correct US HC bands to cite. Gorilla Biscuits comes to mind, but that might be misleading. AK47 also sounds a bit like the expert melodic-hardcore factories of Sweden and Japan. Again I am not sure what bands to cite, but I hope you know what I mean… But the qualifier is that AK 47 is not as great as the Japanese burning spirit bands, nor as whimsical as the faster Swedish trall-punk bands. Instead AK47 reminds me of something in that general direction. At the absolute best I would say that AK 47 sound A BIT like the “raging Italian hardcore” bands that had sounded the most like US HC bands. Yes, I am thinking of Raw Power in particular (a band I love). But above all it reminds me of Subhumans from Canada. It must have been many years since I last had the urge to listen to this type of hardcore (except for Raw Power), it was pleasant and enjoyable for that reason as something made me think of the 1990s.

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