Album Review
ANTiSEEN
Label: TKO Records
  • 4/5
Reviewed by HeavenlyDevil

Hard Rockin

For the first time since 1989, Anti-Seen's powerful second album is available in the US, and if it's not already, it NEEDS to be apart of your collection. "Noise For the Sake of Noise" has been re-released by TKO records, and features a well-rounded collection of covers, studio work, and live performances.

Many bands have taken a stab at a Bob Dylan song in the course of their career, but Anti-Seen's rendition of "Positively 4th Street" is both unexpected and beyond compare. What was originally a mellow and depressing dirge is transformed into a stronger, more anger-driven requiem. A song that might have been reserved to the folk community is now shared with the three-chord fanfare, and like Johnny Cash covering NIN's "Hurt," the integrity of the lyrics and heartfulness of the message is only emphasized.

Along with Dylan, Anti-Seen pay tribute to the Ramones with "I Don't Care" and Roky Erikson with "Two Headed Dog." It's clear that Anti-Seen, for all its metal attitude, are just as good behind a classic power-punk melody as a Sabbath-era sound.

With a good set of speakers, the last three tracks can echo through the your living space and transform your couch into a front row seat at an Anti-Seen show. Performances of "Death Train (In A Cold Sweat)," "Surfin' Bird" and "Mill Workin' Man" are brazen and fierce in delivery, and catapulted by the sounds of a cheering crowd of screaming fans.

If there is no other Anti-Seen in your musical library, "Noise For the Sake of Noise" is the album to jump start the collection!

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