Intital pressings of THE TERROR STATE include a bonus track entitled "Fuck The Flag."
Anti-Flag: Chris Head, Justin Sane (vocals, guitar); Chris #2 (vocals, bass); Pat Thetic (drums, percussion).
Recorded at Skate Park and Mr. Small's Theater, Millvale, Pennsylvania.
Personnel: Justin Sane, Chris Head (vocals, guitar); Pat Thetic (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixers: Jason Livermore; Bill Stevenson.
Recording information: Mr. Small's Funhouse, Millvale, PA.
Editor: Andrew Berlin.
Photographer: David Cooper.
Over the course of numerous uniformly excellent albums, Anti-Flag has established itself as one the most musically accomplished, intelligent, and passionate politically inclined punk bands on the hardcore scene. Unlike similar groups, whose knuckle-headed propagandizing rarely gets beyond well-meaning but simplistic sloganeering designed more to incite unrest than to solve problems, the Pittsburgh-based foursome carefully considers its viewpoints before committing them to wax (to the extent that each song is accompanied by an explanation complete with bibliographical references).
Musically, Anti-Flag takes cues not only from old-school masters like the Exploited and the Descendents, but explores advanced harmonic and rhythmic territory that recalls everyone from the similarly minded Rage Against the Machine to legendary Canadian prog-rockers Rush. Of special mention are Chris #2's snappy basslines, which often drive the songs in Bruce Foxton (of the Jam)-like fashion. With super-clean production that rivals the output of any major label wannabes, THE TERROR STATE ups the ante for socially conscious punk by infusing the oft-tiresome genre with welcome doses of spirit, chops, and musical inventiveness.