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Album review

Refused - War Music

‘War Music’ is forged in the fire of live performance, and it shows.
Label: Spinefarm Records
Released: 18th October 2019
Rating: ★★★
Refused - War Music
Published: 11:14 am, October 17, 2019Words: Dan Harrison.

Given the state of the planet right now - both ecologically and politically - it’s hard to imagine a more fitting point for Refused to emerge with a new record. 

2015’s comeback album ‘Freedom’ was born of time in the studio - that period post their 2012 comeback but before their glorious return as a recording band proper. ‘War Music’, on the other hand, is forged in the fire of live performance. It shows. 

‘Blood Red’ - the album’s clear standout - sparks with all the fire of classic Refused; huge riff, yelping vocals, a direct desire to knock the world off its axis. If we can’t save ourselves, we may as well burn it all down.


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