REFUSED: Shape of Punk to Come: 2 x 12"

Jan 11, 2011

The original pressing of this album was hindered by the then limited budget of Burning Heart Records and was released on a single LP. The record was far too long to properly fit on one record, and the result was a thin mastering job and a subpar sound. It wouldn’t have mattered if it hadn’t been one of the most fully realized hardcore punk records to have come out (ever). Epitaph reissued the LP a few months ago on a bigger budget, but again as a single disc. This is the most recent reissue, and finally sees the record cut across two 12” records, allowing the grooves room to sink and the signal to come out without any hint of distortion. It sounds great. I’ve bought this album at least times since its original release and don’t regret picking it up yet again this time around. This is at least as essential to a hardcore record collection as Damaged or Age of Quarrel. If you read this whole review not knowing what I’m talking about because you’ve never heard this, do yourself a favor and pick it up.

 –Ian Wise (Epitaph)