Poison Idea - Confuse & Conquer
Label Southern Lord
Legacy acts putting out new albums is de rigueur now, but an album that sounds fresh and exciting? That’s rare. Surgical Steel and At War With Reality are ultimately just a couple of decent melodic death metal records [Well, one of them is only decent- ed.]; serviceable, but nothing to get overly excited about. There’s a stark contrast between material which pushes a band along and which pushes a band forward. Portland hardcore punk lifers Poison Idea will never get tagged as “progressive” in any way, but new LP Confuse & Conquer maintains their signature sound without getting bogged down by stale genre tropes.