It’s almost 40 years that Suicidal Tendencies keep playing their characteristic crossover thrash, which is that genre of music that mixes together elements from thras, punk and hardcore. Evidently they still don’t have enough as they’re back with a new album, STill Cyco Punk After All These Years, the thirteen studio LP of their discography (and please note that ST in high caps is not a mistake).
Once you start listening to this album you may feel like being teletransported in the early years of the century, and that’s not by chance. STill Cyco Punk After All These Years is in fact a new recording of a previous album that Mike Muir recorded and published in 1996. Muir, who’s the founder of Suicidal Tendencies and, today, the only remaining member of the initial formation, has been engaged in a lot of different side project, including a solo career – under the moniker of Cyko Miko – which generated so far four different LPs. STill Cyco Punk After All These Years, the new album by Suicidal Tendencies, is the modern reintepretation of Cyko Mico’s debut LP Lost My Brain! (Once Again). To make things even more confusing, the title of the album is evidently an homage to Suicidal Tendencies’ seventh studio LP, Still Cyco After All These Years, released in 1993.
Did you get all of the above? In the end it doesn’t matter… In a few words the entire story says that Mike Muir felt the desire to take advantage of the explosive and powerful new line-up of the band – which nowadays includes the legendary drummer Dave Lombardo – and revitalize one of his old records, one that Muir evidently considered full of good ideas but a little scarce from the point of view of the musical execution. And what’s the result? In true honesty I went to listen the original LP from Cyko Mico and, in effect, the modernized version sounds much better. But taken as a stand alone product, STill Cyco Punk After All These Years didn’t impress me too much. The songs are nice, fast, fun, but even after many listens the album doesn’t leave any trace in my music memory. There is nothing memorable in the record and the overall feeling is that of a funny experiment, an exercise in style, but nothing more than that. I’ll save a couple of tracks for my compilations, but I probably won’t come back often to listen again the entire LP.
The new album by Suicidal Tendencies can be streamed from Spotify.
My favorite tracks are All Kinda Crazy, Lost my Brain…Once Again and Sippin From The Insanitea.