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Disfear Live the Storm

01. Get It Off 02. Fiery Father 03. Deadweight 04. The Cage 05. The Furnace 06. Live The Storm 07. Testament 08. In Exodus 09. Maps of War 10. Phantom
2008 Relapse Records
Our score 9

by Nick

Just several weeks into 2008 and the bar for excellence has already been set. Thank Swedish crust masters Disfear for doing the honors, as they have graciously offered up a near-masterpiece of d-beat tunes in Live the Storm. Disfear may have taken their good ole' time in writing the follow up to 2003's exceptional release, Misanthropic Generation, but rest assured, the wait was well worth it. From a songwriting approach, Live the Storm doesn't stray too far from the crusty hardcore formula displayed on Misanthropic Generation. Discharge drum beats drive each track at a blistering pace while melodic layered guitar work allows the record to become instantly memorable. Tomas Lindberg's vocals inject each song with dangerously high levels of intensity, and perfectly placed gang vocals express a strong punk aesthetic. There might be an increased number of bands delving into the d-beat style as of late, but there simply aren't that many capable of the nearly flawless execution heard from Disfear. This is Coliseum on steroids. This rules. Live the Storm begins with "Get It Off," a track that begins with stellar crust riffing before throwing in melodic leads and a perfect example of the band's aforementioned penchant for exceptional gang vocal placement. Although Disfear rarely strays far from their d-recipe, a few unique moments of the record stand out, such as the siren-like howls heard in "The Furnace," or the ability of the lengthy closer ("Phantom" clocks in at over seven minutes") to still remain as engaging as the album's shorter anthems. Live the Storm touts a slightly crisper production job than Misanthropic Generation, with the greatest benefit coming in the listener's ability to easily appreciate the abundance of well-written guitar parts packed into the record. And the fact that Lindberg's vocals sound a bit more urgent and ferocious certainly helps the album achieve its respective greatness. If you loved Misanthropic Generation, you'll love Live the Storm. If you love energetic d-beat anthems, you'll love Live the Storm. If you've never even heard of Disfear, Tomas Lindberg, or crust punk, it doesn't matter. Chances are, you'll still love Live the Storm. Bottom Line: Disfear didn't venture too far from their formula with Live the Storm, but they definitely managed to fire on all cylinders and the result is a phenomenal record. Anyone in need of a solid helping of crust melodies, driving drumming, and Lindberg's intense work on the mic mixed with energetic gang vocals will adore this record. Best of luck to all other bands looking to release a record in 2008; this one will be hard to top.


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anonymous 1/27/2008 4:39:53 PM

I want her to love me, but I know she will only ever want me as a friend. My heart bleeds the darkest blood.

phil_ 1/27/2008 5:23:27 PM

perfect review. best cd of 08 i doubt anything will even be able to come close.

dbeat_ 1/27/2008 5:41:40 PM


coffinworlds_ 1/27/2008 5:44:29 PM

Didn't read review, but the score was close to if not perfectly deserving of the album.

justinbean_ 1/27/2008 6:08:53 PM

yup. totally f*cking awesome. the second track is perhaps the most epically sad hardcore song ever written.

shredemdead_ 1/27/2008 7:33:05 PM

wow, this band is absolute garbage.

cydrx_ 1/27/2008 7:37:21 PM


sean_ 1/28/2008 1:22:37 PM

Good band, good record. f*cking pointlessly long winded review.

Fur_Beach_ 1/28/2008 1:47:48 PM

this album is bad f*cking ass

clayton_bigsby@lolz.com_ 1/28/2008 2:05:11 PM

f*cking brilliant d-beat album

pmawsgnaht_ 1/28/2008 6:28:14 PM

dick beat is sweet music Disqueer is a good band and Live The Sperm is f*ckin sweet

cunt_ 1/28/2008 10:18:29 PM


murv_ 1/30/2008 6:06:18 AM

if you don't like D-beat, f*ck off. if you do, this is one of the absolute best albums of the genre.

cunt_ 1/30/2008 9:02:57 PM

I love d-beat, but I still happen to think this is a steaming pile of shit. Opinions vary. Get over it.

Strict Vincent_ 1/31/2008 8:25:24 AM

Absolutely overrated!!!

sucka_ 2/1/2008 1:06:30 AM

one-liner kiss off reviews from sniveling fanboy c*nts. try not to spill any mt. dew code red on your stuff-soaked keyboards or you might have trouble typing your four word negative review.

johann_ 2/10/2008 9:11:27 PM

i love crust and d-beat, but this record doesn't do a whole lot for me.

trey_ 2/15/2008 6:36:12 PM

over produced. I normally love kurt ballou's production but d-beat isn't supposed to sound so good. Check out their earlier shit. Everyday Slaughter is rad as shit

The Fear_ 2/20/2008 11:12:21 PM


askmeifimanorange_ 2/23/2008 1:09:46 AM

f*ck yeah love this

Genghis Tron IRL_ 2/23/2008 11:42:59 AM

This gets a 9/10 and we get a 4/10??? come now brown cow.

ttcpgh_ 2/25/2008 10:28:12 AM

his gets a 9/10 and we get a 4/10??? come now brown cow. posted by Genghis Tron IRL ( on 2/23/2008 11:42:59 AM

andon666_ 3/1/2008 9:47:05 PM


Aholio_ 3/1/2008 9:49:35 PM

Genghis Tron... Dood, you need to write better stuff. Disfear unleash hell when they write, you just unleash the keyboards and stylishly limp creativity. How dare you complain about a review you selfish little kid.

xomertax_ 5/9/2008 8:17:38 PM

This and In Darkness You Feel No Regrets by Wolfbrigade are the two best D-Beat albums period.

RotteninAZ_ 5/12/2008 1:19:46 PM

Most likely because GT sucks, and Disfear are awesome. That explains the scoring discrepancy.