“Murder Junkies” by GG Allin & ANTiSEEN (LP, 1991)  » Music  »
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  • Featuring one of GG Allin's best backing bands and demonstrating GG Allin's move toward crossover thrash, Murder Junkies is no doubt the best album in GG Allin's discography
  • The overall sound of the album is definitely his best ever
  • I Love Nothing 10/10 If there is one genre I was sure I'd never hear on a GG Allin record, it is rap metal
  • At seven minutes and lacking variety, it's a little boring
  • Every punk and crossover thrash collection isn't complete without this amazing piece of vinyl

    • by Ricardo L

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      In 1991, GG Allin collaborated with ANTiSEEN, a prominent punk band of the day, to record “Murder Junkies”. Featuring one of GG Allin’s best backing bands and demonstrating GG Allin’s move toward crossover thrash, “Murder Junkies” is no doubt the best album in GG Allin’s discography.

      The recording quality on this record is much different than GG Allin’s usual output. Whereas most of his albums were recorded live with poor quality, “Murder Junkies” was recorded quite professionally. The guitar is crisp, the drums are clear, the bass is deep, and GG’s vocals are as good as they can be. It makes the record much more listenable since you can actually hear the music. This characteristic is one of the top reasons why it is such a good record.

      The overall sound of the album is definitely his best ever. The songs, for the most part, are slick punk combined with hard rock influence. It is a clear move from punk towards crossover thrash. The guitar is distorted and loud, most of the songs are mid-paced, and it features rock beats rather than common punk beats. It makes for a really good semi-crossover thrash album that can’t be missed.

      Throughout the 80’s GG Allin’s voice degraded considerably, from the high pitched, vibrato-filled voice he had in the late 70’s with The Jabbers, to the garbage voice of 1987’s “You Give Love A Bad Name” and 1988’s “Freaks, Faggots, Drunks, and Junkies”. However, this 1991 record seems to put that trend in reverse. GG’s voice is actually quite good in this one. Though cleaner than on his 1988 album, it has just the right amount of distortion that makes it perfect for the style of music. If this were another punk record it wouldn’t be as good, but since the overall sound is much harder, it is absolutely perfect.

      Here is a more detailed song-by-song review:

      1: “Murder For

      The Mission” 10/10

      If I had to choose the best song on the whole record, this would be it. Right off the bat you are thrown straight into the fire with this song’s rapid vocals and fast pace. The vocals are perfectly timed, which is a rarity for GG Allin. It has just enough echo that it gives it a classic sound. You can listen to it over and over again, it won’t age. On my top 10 list of GG Allin songs, this one is at #2, under “You Hate Me, And I Hate You”.

      2: “I Love Nothing” 10/10

      If there is one genre I was sure I’d never hear on a GG Allin record, it is rap metal. What’s more surprising than this, the guy can rap! His timing is right on, the rhymes are slick, and the flow is excellent. I love the old school A/G riff. It’s by far the most unique song he’s ever put out. It’s worth it to buy this record for the first two songs.

      3: “99 Stab Wounds” 9/10

      The greatness continues with this murder-obsessed track. With lyrics dealing with the desire to stab someone relentlessly, it can be entertaining to listen to. It’s a pretty good song that shouldn’t be skipped.

      4: “War In My Head” 9/10

      Starting off with a rant over a mess of guitar noise, a few chords, and relentless symbols, one would think this is just another one of GG’s rants over noise. But after about a minute, you are thrown right into a song that is anything but filler material. Though the anti-melodic part returns in the middle, the song has some really good parts. Don’t let the intro discourage you. It’s a really good song.

      5: “Sister Sodomy” 10/10

      At just over a minute long, this is one of the premier songs of the album. It’s a bit quicker and punk than most ...

      • of the songs on the album. The riff is classic sounding. The whole thing works great. Don’t skip track 5. Definitely worth listening to.

        6: “Violence Now” 9/10

        Opening with a 1/4 note cowbell that lasts throughout the song, track 6 is more rock-oriented. 4 chords total and a rather simple structure makes it a really cool, simple song. This was the album’s lone single, and they made their choice very wisely. Great song.

        7: “Rape, Torture, Terminate” 7/10

        At about a minute long, this song doesn’t consist of much more than one riff and the title repeated over and over again. If I were to choose one song on the whole album to skip, this would probably be it. But nevertheless it’s still a cool song. Luckily it’s short enough that a lack of variety is okay. If it were two minutes long, it definitely wouldn’t have worked as well.

        8: “Kill The Police” 10/10

        Easily the second best track on the album and #5 on my list of the top ten GG Allin songs. Classic anti-authority 3-chord punk. The whole thing consists of three chords- G, C, and D. It’s simple as can be, yet it rocks so hard. A definite must-listen.

        9: “I Hate People” 8/10

        At over seven minutes, this is by far the longest song on the whole record. It mostly consists of one three chord riff, only seldomly repeating the last two chords of the riff four times. The whole song is about why GG Allin hates people, and we can all relate to at least one line (especially after a long day). The second half of the song is mostly just GG ranting. At seven minutes and lacking variety, it’s a little boring. I’d say give it three minutes and skip to track 10. It’s a really good song, but it’s just too long. The only thing I have against it.

        10: “My

        Prison Walls” 7/10

        This song is pretty much a modified version of “I Love Nothing”. It’s a return to the rap metal sound, and even has the same chords. It’s a bit slower and the flow isn’t as good. The song is exceptionally sloppy, which really takes away from its quality. It’s nevertheless a good song, just very sloppy and hard to follow. The outro, lasting about two minutes, is a person speaking and repeating two sentences, “That’s not noise, that’s just my mind blowing off in different directions. You see, it doesn’t run concurrent with the rest of the world”, over a bunch of shouting, guitar noise, and non-melodic drums. It’s very sloppy from beginning to end, but I can’t help but like it.

        11: “Violence Now” (Single Version) 9/10

        This is pretty much a different recording of the earlier track. It has a slightly different sound, but not too much. It’s sort of worth listening to, but if you want to skip it, go ahead.

        12: “Cock On The Loose” 9/10

        This is by far the song that’s most similar to GG Allin’s usual output. It has a classic first-wave punk riff and is pretty fast paced. It’s much more punk than the songs that preceded it. At the end is a humorously descriptive outro spoken by GG himself. Good song.

        “Murder Junkies” is by far GG Allin’s best release ever. The songs are really solid, there is not a single instance of filler, which is rare for a GG Allin record, the recording quality makes it able to be listened to, and it features one of GG’s best backing bands. If you’re a hardcore GG Allin fan, a casual listener, just getting into his music, or simply a fan of crossover thrash, this is a must have album. Every punk and crossover thrash collection isn’t complete without this amazing piece of vinyl.

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