In on the Kill Taker

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
In on the Kill Taker is like scrubbing your face with steel wool. It finds the band relying on rusty guitar shards that scrape, seethe, and hiss, further removing itself from the sound of 13 Songs and Repeater. Harsh and grating, Fugazi surprisingly produces sheer noise at times, best witnessed in the lengthy closing of "23 Beats Off" and the unintentional Gremlins homage that opens "Walken's Syndrome." Joe Lally's bass and Brendan Canty's drums are relegated to acting as a guide; they're pushed -- but not squashed -- down in the mix, allowing for Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto's guitars to take control, corrosively so. It's probably Fugazi's least digestible record from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
In on the Kill Taker is like scrubbing your face with steel wool. It finds the band relying on rusty guitar shards that scrape, seethe, and hiss, further removing itself from the sound of 13 Songs and Repeater. Harsh and grating, Fugazi surprisingly produces sheer noise at times, best witnessed in the lengthy closing of "23 Beats Off" and the unintentional Gremlins homage that opens "Walken's Syndrome." Joe Lally's bass and Brendan Canty's drums are relegated to acting as a guide; they're pushed -- but not squashed -- down in the mix, allowing for Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto's guitars to take control, corrosively so. It's probably Fugazi's least digestible record from front to back, but each track has its own attractive qualities, even if not immediately perceptible. "Facet Squared" and "Public Witness Program" open the record furiously, but the majority of the following "Return the Screw" is hardly audible, aside from occasional vocal tantrums. A good amount of time is spent alternating between low-key guitar noodling and intrusive bursts of aggression. They're smart with their sequencing, placing the gentle instrumental "Sweet and Low" the only track where Lally plays a prominent role after the exhaustive cacophony of "23 Beats Off," and generally piecing together a set of rather diverse tracks that flows well. Picciotto's anti-Hollywood rant on the properly titled "Cassavetes" is a classic Fugazi moment, as is his similarly name-dropping "Walken's Syndrome." Buried at the end of the record are two excellent lurchers, MacKaye's "Instrument" and Picciotto's "Last Chance for a Slow Dance." Not Fugazi's finest hour, but one of its most daring and rewarding.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/1993
  • Label: Dischord
  • UPC: 718751797024
  • Catalog Number: 70
  • Sales rank: 33,322

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Facet Squared (2:42)
  2. 2 Public Witness Program (2:04)
  3. 3 Returning The Screw (3:13)
  4. 4 Smallpox Champion (4:01)
  5. 5 Rend it (3:48)
  6. 6 23 Beats Off (6:41)
  7. 7 Sweet And Low (3:36)
  8. 8 Cassavetes (2:30)
  9. 9 Great Cop (1:52)
  10. 10 Walken's Syndrome (3:18)
  11. 11 Instrument (3:43)
  12. 12 Last Chance For A Slow Dance (4:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fugazi Primary Artist
Brendan Canty Drums
Joe Lally Bass
Ian MacKaye Guitar, Vocals
Guy Picciotto Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Fugazi Producer
Don Zientara Engineer
Brendan Canty Contributor
Joe Lally Contributor
Ian MacKaye Contributor
Guy Picciotto Contributor
Jason Farrell Artwork
Jem Cohen Text, Graphic Conception
Ted Niceley Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    One of the best Fugazi albums, and one of the best Rock albums of all time. With all due respect to AMG, I disagree with their review here.

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    Posted July 5, 2009

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