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Max Cussons' Top 10 Albums Of 2015

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The Wonder Years - No Closer To Heaven, Super Luxury - Ten Solid Years Of Applause, Refused - Freedom

10. The Wonder Years - No Closer To Heaven.
Largely abandoning their winning formula displayed on previous records of positive, bright pop-punk, this time around The Wonder Years are far more morose. It could've ended up being alienating and awkward for their fans but instead is a record that is emotionally invigorating, touching on themes of death and loss in such a raw manner. Overall a daring move which pays off.

9. Super Luxury - Ten Solid Years Of Applause.
One of the funniest live bands now have an album of noise rock bangers to go with their bonkers shows. Be it the slow and heavy songs or those loose and speedy, this is a fun exercise in raw, loud guitar music and a senseless racket to just lose yourself in.

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Refused - Freedom Album Review

Like most bands, Refused started out humble, just being punk kids in Umeå, Sweden with nothing better to do than start a band. However, unlike most bands, Refused went on to completely reinvent their genre and set a new template for what it was to be a hardcore band. 

Refused - Freedom Album Review

In 2012 they reunited after a long hiatus, finally giving their masterpiece 'Shape Of Punk To Come' the tour it deserved, proving that despite 14 years away from the stage, they could still destroy it with more energy than bands half their age. Now, 17 years after their last record, they've brought out 'Freedom'. Let's see how they do offstage after so long.   

We get off to a most promising start with 'Elektra' which opens 'Freedom' with a bang, nay, a stampede of explosive riffs and pummelling rhythms that Rage Against The Machine would be proud to lay claim to. Meanwhile, Refused immediately show that they haven't lost their political consciousness with frontman Dennis Lyxzén repeatedly screaming 'nothing has changed'. And there's such a feeling of confidence to this track; Refused are one of the best bands in the game at kicking up a musical storm, and there's even an element of sophistication in just how sure of themselves they are.

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Refused To Release First Album In 17 Years


The rock group disbanded in 1998 after seven years together, but they reunited for a series of shows in 2012 and announced a hiatus following a final concert in their native Umea.

They are now back together and will release Faith No More on 30 June (15).

A statement about the new record from frontman Dennis Lyxzen reads, "It's not a reunion anymore. This is one of the most radical things we've ever done, both musically and lyrically."

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Reunited Rockers Refused To Bow Out With Homecoming Gig


Heavy rockers Refused will disband for good after playing one final concert in their native Sweden this December (12).

The group, fronted by singer Dennis Lyxzen, initially split in 1998 after seven years together, but the five-piece reformed earlier this year (12) for a handful of comeback shows, including festival sets at Coachella in California and Download in Britain.

However, the stars of Refused have now announced they will take their final bow on 15 December (12) at the Exel Arena in their hometown of Umea.

Coachella Line Up 2012: At The Drive-in Make Their Return

Coachella Kaiser Chiefs Noel Gallagher The Hives Refused Black Keys Radiohead Dr Dre Snoop Dogg Madness Jimmy Cliff Buzzcocks SBTRKT Pulp Arctic Monkeys The Horrors Kasabian The Big Pink The Vaccines Wild Beasts

Coachella announced its line-up for 2012 on Monday (January 9, 2012), naming the likes of The Kaiser Chiefs, Noel Gallagher and The Hives among its three-day bill to take place firstly between April 13th to 15th and then a weekend later on the 20th to the 22nd. Also a couple of bands reformed.

Joking aside, the reformation of first AT THE DRIVE-IN and then Refused shortly before the announcement of the bill has added an extra level of hype to the Coachella line-up that's hand-picked some of the biggest names in alternative music to appear in California in the Spring. AT THE DRIVE-IN's reformation caused so much excitement that their official website, where alongside Twitter they'd revealed their return, crashed for several hours as people poured onto it to see the message "¡ ATTENTION ! To whom it may concern: AT THE DRIVE-IN will be breaking their 11 year silence THIS STATION IS .NOW.OPERATIONAL." Seminal Swedish punk's Refused announcement later in the day caused further excitement and saw them too briefly become a trending topic on Twitter; they called their hiatus back in 1998 after seven years and three albums together.

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Refused 'Not Reforming'


Former Refused frontman DENNIS LYXZEN has dismissed reports the Swedish rock band is reforming after a 12 year hiatus, insisting the band will not reunite.

The cult rockers split in 1998 after seven years together, and Lyxzen went on to form hardcore band AC4 with his former bandmate, drummer David Sandstrom, in 2008.

Earlier this month (Mar10), a statement reading "Refused, coming soon..." was posted on the band's website, sparking rumours of a comeback. But Lyxzen insists a reunion is not in the works.

He says, "No, we are not reforming. Me and David are going on tour next week with our new Hardcore band AC4 - sleeping on kids floors and playing doordeals, that seems to be more in line with what we deserve."

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