Release Date: Mar 26, 2013
Record label: Suicidal
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal, Punk/New Wave, Hardcore Punk, Punk Metal, American Underground, Skatepunk
California thrash punks Suicidal Tendencies appeared in the early '80s with a unique take on the emerging skatepunk sound and no end of aggressive, angsty lyrics and controversial subject matter. Thirty years after their debut, they return with 13, their first album of new material in 13 years and coincidentally their 13th album. Produced by Suicidal frontman Mike Muir, the album includes 13 tracks of the type of petulant, cathartic, thrashy hardcore the band is known for and includes cameos by Larry Linkogle and Jimmy Fitzpatrick of Metal Mulisha as well as a gang of professional skaters adding their voices to the track "Show Some Love...
Forever delayed due to false starts, side projects and personnel reshuffles, Suicidal Tendencies’ latest, 13, strategically arrives (wait for it) 13 years on from their last full studio set, Free Your Soul… And Save My Mind. Stretching a point, it’s also the 30-year old Californian thrash-core veterans’ 13th major release, if glorified EPs such as 1989’s Controlled By Hatred/Feel Like Shit… Déjà Vu and 1993’s album of re-recordings Still Cyco After All These Years are taken into account. Obvious marketing ploys aside, though, can 13 buck its bad-vibe-goading title and deliver on a wider scale? It’s unlikely to have the impact of their career-defining Lights… Camera… Revolution, but it’s hardly a folly akin to a Chinese Democracy either.