The Casualties have always captured my imagination because they more than almost any other band seemed to invoke the punk rock bogeymen that scared my parents so much when I was first getting into this. The loud and proud rebellion of their blazing guitars, searing solos and crushing vocal lines has never been better, the band has grown but maintained their street punk cred, proving that while this shit may be nihilistic, there is still some hope, and somehow, despite it all, we may just be able to find a way through the modern day hell that holds so many of us back. Chaos Sound is the sound of freedom, and The Casualties know it.
Every chorus here resonates, ever solo has a strange perfection despite the unmitigated madness that defines so much of it. Sure, the band has broken all the rules and refuse to even learn them, but that doesn't stop them from putting together a damn good song. The rollicking bass lines and sing a long anthems attest to this and remind us of the overarching power of the band. Most street punk bands last barely more than a few months, The Casualties have been at it for twenty six years. Despite it all though, Chaos Sound remains remarkably true to their roots, mocking the bullshit that others try to force on hem and pounding forward with the wonderfully obnoxious sounds we have know for so long.
Particularly touching is the Motorhead cover, R.A.M.O.N.E.S though the record was almost certainly recorded before Lemmy's death it's still encouraging to hear one of the greatest bands of all time cover another one of the greatest bands of all time singing about yet another one of the greatest bands of all time. It gives the entire thing a weird sense of circular supremacy and gives us a chance to sit back, smile and fall in love with punk all over again. Chaos Sound gets to the bleeding heart of the genre and don't you ever forget it.
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