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THE SMACKDOWN
SOMEONE HAS TO KILL THE HEADWRITER
GOODFELLOW

Swedish pro wrestling fans The Smackdown have made a frenetic 13-track disc that captures the energy of a Hell in the Cell match with the sting of a chairshot to the back of the head. Channeling the spirit of Refused for much of SOMEONE HAS TO KILL THE HEADWRITER, songs like “My Entrance Looked Better When It Had Firecrackers” and “Nothing to No-show for; Rewrite is a Dud” are deliberately dissonant, lyrically incomprehensible, and purposely on the verge of falling apart at any given moment, something that The Smackdown relies on a great deal to get its point across. While the wry song titles like “The Dave Mustaine Syndrome” and “Taking Over Primetime” are gems in their own right, ultimately this quintet’s barrage of sheer volatile punk-hardcore explosions heavily leant on steady diets of Black Flag and spastic crossover acts found on tracks like “The Game” and “Irwin R. Never Changed the World” is the stuff that makes The Smackdown not only different, but strangely enticing.
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- Mike SOS