Final Days: Anthems for the Apocalypse

Final Days: Anthems for the Apocalypse

by Plasmatics


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From the angry, guitar-bonfire opener, "The Doom Song," through to the closing track, the hardcore "Finale," Final Days is a vigorous, lusty album. Though a rehashing of previously released material, this is a seamless selection of numbers that feel like they belong together. (In fact, the liner notes declare that the disc's central theme is "the collision with disaster of the corrupt and 'brain dead' status quo." And, on close inspection, that's a pretty buyable assertion.) The sonics are the customary Plasmatics mix of metal and punk. "Stop" is a semi-anthemic grinder that finds Mohawked frontwoman Wendy O. Williams' sandpaper screech at its very best, "Brain Dead" begins as metal stomp before going for the hardcore shot, "Masterplan" sounds like "Welcome to the Jungle" on crank, and "Just Like on TV" is lurching and menacing. Just to break things up a tad, "Opus in Cm7" (complete with piano!) goes for a downtempo, epic feel and makes a good fist of it, while "A Pig Is a Pig" starts out as a country & western pisstake (making it clear just how the 'Matics felt about the guys and girls of law enforcement) before revving up into a raucous metal affair with some Johnny Thunders licks and a mighty wah-wah solo from Richie Stotts. Final Days is a strong album from a critically maligned band. Excellent background music for working out on the heavy bag or dynamiting city hall; this one's got more clout than an earful of frozen trout.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/05/2002
Label: Plasmatics Media
UPC: 0663609010827
catalogNumber: 20108
Rank: 67594

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Plasmatics   Primary Artist
Wendy O. Williams   Vocals
Jean Beauvoir   Bass Guitar
Michael Ray   Guitar,Background Vocals
Joey Reese   Drums
Chris Romanelli   Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Neal Smith   Drums
Richie Stotts   Guitar
T.C. Tolliver   Drums
Mitch Weissman   Piano,Keyboards
Wes Beech   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ray Callahan   Drums,Background Vocals
Reginald VanHelsing   Bass,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Dan Hartman   Producer,Engineer
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
Craig White   Engineer
Rod Swenson   Producer,Concept
Theurer   Engineer
Phil Pfisterer   Engineer
Jo Smith   Engineer
Tom Roberts   Engineer

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