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The Suicide Machines
A Match And Some Gasoline (Side One Dummy)

By: Vinnie Apicella

An older, wiser, and undeniably non-conformist band emerges from the previously pop-friendly ranks of yesterday. "A Match And Some Gasoline" is indeed a volatile mixture of raucous Punk and Hardcore aggression peppered on and again by Ska-beat skips and slow downs. A fast-paced thematic outpouring of opposition toward governmental aggression pits us against them by denouncing military abuse while coming to terms with the internal war of everyday life. No quarter for the use of melodic content and friend-making sing-alongs here; they're a rarity among the speed-driven, scream aloud fire in the hole tactics that push the edge of traditional take to the street rage of yesterday's unholy Agnostics. Only complaint however is that when they do let up and do a double take as with "Split The Time" and "Kaleidoscope," they're too often piggybacking the same string swing and verse to differentiate to any great degree. "Politics Of Humanity" comes close to sewing up the open wound for democratic discontent with an anthemic street preaching that's in step with their early year climb. Overall, "A Match And Some Gasoline" is an inescapable bomb blast of an album that'll suit the tastes of the old crew, economize the new, and legitimize the logic behind this return to form.
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