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THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE ZUGLY – Misanthropical House

THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE ZUGLY – Misanthropical House

The Good The Bad and the ZuglyThe Good the Bad and the Zugly (or GBZ) are probably Norway’s best-kept punk rock secret. They hail from Hadeland and claim to “carry the torch of Turbonegro, Gluecifer and Anal Babes and remind us of a time when punk rock was a promise of infantile nihilism and pure vicious fun!”

This is their third album and comes three years after Hadeland Hardcore and just one year after the release of their compilation album The Worst Four Years.

Misanthropical House begins with H-Bomb and it is clear from the first chords that we are in for a treat. With some Rudimentary Peni style vocals and rocking riffs driven by the rhythm section. The spoken word middle-eight just adds to the atmosphere of sheer punk rock power.

Mindlessness is 66 seconds of runaway punk rock sounding like the Circle Jerks meeting the Dead Kennedys at their fastest. Next up is the much longer Vik Bak Meg Satan and here the sound is different to begin with a “recorded in the back room” opening but we are soon treated to a monster riff, throat-scorching vocals and I’m once again reminded of Peni!

The band show a sense humour with the brilliantly titled, I Lied About Being A Hardcore Man and they leave nothing in the cutting room with an amazingly fast and powerful effort. The amazing Ripe For The Grave is a true tour de force full of power, pace and punk attitude. The Good the Bad and the Zugly continue to pile on with West Coast Exile and channel some of the punkier moments of the Offspring adding some melody to the chorus without abandoning the aural assault.

It’s A Jungle Out There In The Forest is another super title and the song lures you into a false sense of security with a mellow opening before The Good, The Bad and The Zugly go full-throated punk again.  The churning power chords of International Asshole set up one of my favourite efforts on the whole album and, let me be clear, this is great punk rock throughout!

The ninth song of the twelve on the album is WWID and the band touch on an Oi/Street Punk vibe before going hardcore on I Need A Place To Drink. The penultimate track, Sickness Unto Death begins with a warm guitar lick that builds into a chunky, churning riff with a mid-paced rhythm, soaring guitar solos and group vocals. It is majestic in its power and punk rock perfection and leads into the closer. Going Nowhere Fast concludes this excellent effort and for 52 seconds I’m amazed at the pace of these guys.

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