Vs. Tuesday: One Song! Two Bands! Who Wins? FIGHT! “New Noise”

The Refused with their album “The Shape of Punk to Come” created not only a masterpiece of an album, but one that remains highly influential. The Swedish Hardcore Punks third album was released in 1998 and actually saw the band break up just a month after its release. Fortunately they reformed in 2012 and in their absence the album was not only critically acclaimed but went one step further achieving #13 on Kerrang! Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Albums of All Time list. There was one song that perhaps stood out above the reset, single “New Noise”.

In the red corner we have Big 4 Thrash underdogs Anthrax who recorded their version for their 10th studio album “Worship Music” in 2011. The album was a come back record of sorts, their first original new material since 2003. The presence of a cover of The Refused raised more than a few eyebrows on this one.

Showing the range of influence, Crazy Town, The Used and Snot have all covered the song live. But it’s Calgary Alberta Canadian trio The Evidence who were going to out Anthrax against. They recorded their version during the sessions for album “Potential” in 2014. Want to read more about the influence of “The Shape of Punk to Come”? Stereogum talked to 14 musicians in the Alternative music scene about it in this recently released article. Who wins? You decide!

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