The Suicide Machines - War Profiteering Is Killing Us All
Release Date: August 9th, 2005
Record Label: Side One Dummy Records
War Profiteering Is Killing Us All, the latest offering from The Suicide Machines, is a chaotic collection of 14 punk rock, battle hymns. While The Suicide Machines have no trouble in sticking to their roots, they manage to propel their newest addition to their ever growing discography to a whole new level. War Profiteering Is Killing Us All is a political frenzy of crunchy guitars, driving bass lines, hard hitting drums, and the type of chant worthy, sing-a-longs you've come to love from Detroit's finest, all combined together to create one of the bands most appealing records yet.
As the album opens with the title track, "War Profiteering Is Killing Us All", you'll instantly find yourself amidst a ferocious listening experience that The Suicide Machines never fail to exert. Only one minute and thirty seconds into the album, and one thing is already clear; frontman Jason Navarro and the gang have not only stepped it up a level in intensity, but politically speaking as well. "Capitalist Suicide", the albums second track, isn't going to surprise any of the bands past listeners. This is a typical, yet refreshing offer from the Machines, as you're handed melodic verses with a casual touch of ska flavour, followed up by a rowdy punk rock chorus. Track four, "Junk", is the next noteworthy number you'll find here, as it would not sound out place at all if it were to be selected as one of the albums singles. "17% 18 to 25" is an ear-splitting, back-breaking, politicially charged anthem, focused lyrically around the poor turnout of younger voters during the most recent presidential election. "Capsule: AKA-Requiem for the Stupid Human Race" and "All Systems Fall", the albums sixth and seventh tracks, seem to incorporate more of a hardcore influence amongst the wild punk rock melodies, more so than the rest of the album at least. "The Red Flag" is another exciting blast of punk rock at its finest, and in my opinion of the most impressive offerings on War Profiteering Is Killing Us All. The tenth track, "Bottomed Out", is likely the most widely appealing track as a whole, as Navarro focuses more on using his infectious singing voice here, rather than screaming their messages across the nation. "Hands Tied", on the other hand, is a bouncy ska jam, similar to what we heard on previous offerings from The Suicide Machines (Destruction By Definition and the like), complete with a nice mini-solo by guitarist Dan Lukacinsky. This track actually proves to be very similar to songs like "High Anxiety", which ultimately make you want to dance rather than shout.
Overall, it's really quite simple. War Profiteering Is Killing Us All is an impressive blend of all the elements The Suicide Machines have to offer, and they pull it off damn near flawlessly. From rowdy, chaotic punk anthems, to jittery ska upbeats, it's all in tact on their newest release. This album isn't for everyone, but if you're alright with an album filled with songs your parents are surely going to hate, and more politics than a days worth of CNN, I highly reccomend you pop this one in your CD player come August 9th.