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Review: Suicidal Tendencies - No Mercy Fool!/ The Suicidal Family
Suicidal Tendencies
No Mercy Fool!/ The Suicidal Family

Label: Suicidal Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 47:46
Tracks: 14
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: December 11, 2010
Reviewed by: Adam Kohrman
Readers Rating
No Mercy Fool!/ The Suicidal Family

Rated 3/5 (60%) (4 Votes)

Some bands seem to relegate themselves to releasing compilation after compilation, with very little new work coming out. Such is the case with skateboarding thrashers Suicidal Tendencies. No Mercy Fool!/ The Suicidal Family is the newest installment in the punk/metal hybrid's already long list of "non full-length" releases. While I'm not very familiar with the skate punks, this seems to be a collection of their thrashier material. While it is quite simplistic and formulaic, it still delivers with a punch.

These songs look back at the career of Suicidal Tendencies as violent skateboarders who angrily took no prisoners with their obsessive, frenetic pace. Right from the beginning, these songs pump at the listener with ferocity that blurs the line between thrash and hardcore punk. Songs like "Born to Be Cyco" have an innate fierceness to them that just isn't seen on this side of the punk/thrash spectrum. They're too quick, too visceral, and too simplistic. Songs like "No Mercy Fool!" are anthems to street brawling, snappy and furious, that do nothing more than glorify violence both lyrically and sonically in the classic hardcore stereotype.

Of course, music is never bad just because of its themes. Frankly, if you're going to dismiss music for evoking feelings of juvenile aggression and violence and nothing more, than you can discount the entire genre of thrash. Such a critique would be ludicrous. But these themes grow old fast with Suicidal Tendencies, because their music does too. While the music is frenzied and attacking, it isn't much more than that. The music is meant to create an overall theme of violence and immaturity, but nothing more. Even on a best-of compilation, that gets old. There are some fun and vigorous parts to this album, but that's all there is. There's a strong punch, but as much as it tries to be unrelenting, it can't be.

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