(Album Review) “Wake The Sleeping Dragon!” by Sick Of It All

(Album Review) “Wake The Sleeping Dragon!” by Sick Of It All

New York Hardcore means integrity, perseverance and dedication to the cause.  Sick Of It All has been the flagbearers of the hardcore movement for over 30 years, and it’s plain to see why with this Friday’s release entitled “Wake The Sleeping Dragon!”, which will be released via Fat Wreck Chords/Century Media Records.

There has been enough bullshit to write about in this record, and Sick Of It All sounds just as fresh and relevant, while maintaining that righteous anger in “Wake The Sleeping Dragon!”.  They continue to carry the message that there is always time for revolution, while tackling difficult topics in their lyrics such as being against animal abuse, bullshit wars over power and resources, and people being narcissistic on their social media accounts.

The album cover art of “Waking The Sleeping Dragon!” portrays an accurate representation of how Sick Of It All feels about American society.  The album cover art depicts the theme of the dragon taking down the Empire State Building and it showcases how we need to start the revolution now.

Sick Of It All through their intensity in the guitars, taking no prisoners rhythm section, and forcefully insistent vocals get their message across to their listeners just as a charismatic demagogue does amongst their minions.  Blatant attacks on President Trump are heard loud and clear in songs such as “Deep State”, “Bad Hombres” and “Wake The Sleeping Dragon”.  Attacks on social media usage and white privilege are being heard with reckless intent in tracks such as “That Crazy White Boy Shit” and “Self Important Shithead”.

A lot of tracks clock in at less than two minutes, however that is perfectly symbolic of Sick Of It All to be doing that.  They cut straight to the chase and they don’t waste time in their messages, while maintaining the purity and integrity of the New York Hardcore scene.  Sick Of It All continues to remind people of who owns the blueprint of New York Hardcore as they are putting on a clinic with this 9 out of 10 star record.  Check out the track listing below.

  1.  Inner Vision
  2.  That Crazy White Boy Shit
  3.  The Snake (Break Free)
  4.  Bull’s Anthem
  5.  Robert Moses Was A Racist
  6.  Self Important Shithead
  7.  To The Wolves
  8.  Always With Us
  9.  Awake The Sleeping Dragon
  10.  2+2
  11.  Beef Between Vegans
  12.  Hardcore Horseshoe
  13.  Mental Furlough
  14.  Deep State
  15.  Bad Hombres
  16.  Work The System
  17.  The New Slavery

Sick Of It All has some tour dates coming up.  Check out the tour dates below in United States and Europe.

Sat. 11/10 – Le Reacteur in Issy Les Moulineaux, France

Sun. 11/11- Noumatrouff in Mulhouse, France

Tue. 11/13- Secret Place in Saint Jean de Vedas, France

Wed. 11/14- Atabal in Biarritz, France (w/Street Dogs)

Fri. 11/16 and Sat. 11/17- Palais des Congres et des Expos in St. Brieuc, France (w/Peter and The Test Tube Babies, Murphy’s Law, Slaughter and The Dogs, Anti-Nowhere League, 1984, and Bone Crusher)

Sun. 11/18- Le Tetris in Le Havre, France

Sun. 12/9- Madrid Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri (w/Street Dogs and Uncouth)

Fri. 12/14- The Paramount in Huntington, New York (w/Life Of Agony)

Sat. 12/15- Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey (w/Life Of Agony)

Sun. 1/20/19- Sono Centrum in Brno, Czech Republic (w/Municipal Waste, Booze & Glory)

Tue. 1/22/19- Inselhalle in Lindau Bodensee, Germany (w/Ignite, Walls Of Jericho, and Booze)

Sun. 1/27/19- O2 Forum Kentish Town in London, United Kingdom (w/Ignite, Walls Of Jericho, Municipal Waste, Glory, Napalm Death, Take Offense, Persistence, Siberian Meat Grinder)

For tickets and further information on any of the shows listed above, click here.

Fans can find Sick Of It All at the following locations:

www.sickofitall.com
www.facebook.com/sickofitallny
www.instagram.com/sickofitallnyc
twitter.com/SOIANYC

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