Clawfinger - Hate Yourself With Style - 2006 - Nuclear Blast
1. The Faggot In You 2. Hate Yourself With Style 3. Dirty Lies 4. The Best & The Worst 5. Breakout 6. Right To Rape 7. What We've Got Is What You're Getting 8. Sick Of Myself 9. Hypocrite 10. Without A Case 11. God Is Dead
Wow, talk about an addictive work horse, Clawfinger are laying down the law and really showing off an abrasive yet textured stompbox of attitude and ethics. It is hard to believe that these Swedes have been around for close to twenty years and this is the first I've heard of the band. "Hate Yourself With Style" is the band's newest release on Nuclear Blast, an explosive, moody record that really incorporates pop elements with a rapcore presentation. While being extremely aggressive and edgy the band still work in some catchy pop oriented elements that make this type of record surprisingly easy on the ears. With this full length the group break down some big block groove orientated tracks that really stomp with some down tuned, factory styled guitar rumblings that are backed by an almost spoken demeanor with the all important "catchy" chorus part. I'm reminded of bands like Crack Up and Dearly Beheaded from the '90s while still clearly remembering the rapcore movement of a few years ago. If only this release had come out in 2000...well these former hospital orderlies may still be tucked away in a corner of the Playboy mansion. With that being said I give much respect and attention to the band for pulling this sort of thing off in grand style, really going against the grain and doing what they want to do, even if it means reiterating a sound that died out six years ago.