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Fucked Up Mess (Sound Pollution)

By: Jeb Branin

May your deities of choice have mercy on your soul if you fail to pick up this little platter of hardcore extremes. HELLNATION have been a scene mainstay for just about ever and this is definitely the pinnacle of their noise making endeavors. "Fucked Up Mess" has all of the elements that have come to define HELLNATION's music but it is gruffer, thicker and more brash than anything they've done before. Every iota of thrash frenzy is intact to which they add a heavier wall of sound. It comes across as both more stripped down and primitive yet definitely a leap forward. Lyrically the band continue to pull no punches unleashing their venom on a variety of sociological and political issues but this isn't deep quasi-intellectualism for dweebs this is middle-finger-in-the-air punk rock fury. HELLNATION recently returned from a blitzkrieg of Europe and one can only hope that someday they will choose to raze the U.S. as well. Rumor has it that the entire European set was recorded live in the studio in California with Chris Dodge of SPAZZ on bass. Keep your fingers crossed that this recording will someday see the light of day...
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