Goldblade - The Terror Of Modern Life

Life during wartime

Sixteen years on from their riotous debut, Home Turf, veteran Manchester punk-rock- soul brotherhood Goldblade are still proudly fighting their self-styled punk war, slugging away in the trenches while newly evolved genres gain ground on the sonic battlefield. Global unrest and the deepening recession that’s taken hold since their last long-player (2008’s Mutiny, on Captain Oi!) provide the components for their latest rebellious grenade The Terror Of Modern Life, but can it detonate with the kind of far-reaching fury that makes a difference in these precarious times?

It’s unlikely, for while Goldblade remain an incendiary live act, they’re loose cannons on record. Sure, the best of John Robb’s anti-corporate tirades (the money market-dissing We’re All In It Together, the self-explanatory The World Is Fucked Up Nowadays) hit the
spot, and there’s some
irresistibly beefy, bass-heavy
hardcore gumbo to wolf
down, such as Someone
Stole My Brain, but
ultimately, there’s nothing
here of the same anthemic
calibre as Who Was The
Killa? or Psycho to go stark
raving radio rental over.

Signs of progression are,
admittedly, belatedly
embraced by the ham-fisted,
if heartfelt dub-out Serious
Business and the bowel-quaking
Sunn O)))-style title
track, but it’s too little too
late. Surrender may not be an
immediate option, but
Goldblade’s once trusty punk
artillery is clearly starting to
misfire. Tim Peacock

2 stars 2 stars

Overground | OVER 132 (CD / LP)

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