Refused Albums Ranked

Refused (also known as the Refused) is a Swedish hardcore punk band originating from Umeå and formed in 1991. Refused is composed of vocalist Dennis Lyxzén, guitarist Kristofer Steen, drummer David Sandström, and bassist Magnus Flagge. Guitarist Jon Brännström was a member from 1994, through reunions, until he was fired in late-2014. Their lyrics are often of a non-conformist and politically far-left nature. On 9 January 2012, the band announced their reunion confirming shows at Coachella, Rock am Ring, Ruisrock, Roskilde Festival, Groezrock, Way Out West Festival, Sonisphere Festival (canceled), Download Festival, Rock for People, Primavera Sound, Hellfest, Fuji Rock Festival, Øyafestivalen, Pukkelpop, Resurrection. After embarking on a world tour for nearly a year, Refused went on hiatus again in 2012, but announced another reunion in November 2014. The band released five EPs and three full-length albums before originally splitting up in 1998, and released their fourth full-length album Freedom on the Epitaph Records label on 26 June 2015. “Elektra” was released as the first single from the comeback album on 27 April 2015. Here are all of the Refused albums ranked.

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6. Everlasting (1995)

Refused - Everlasting Songtext | Musixmatch

“A Refused EP that shows the band continually heading in a metalcore direction. The band’s vocalist sounds as punk as ever, but the guitar work is thick and heavy. Refused become almost entirely metalcore here, mixed with the progressions of post-hardcore. Ultimately however, these song structures are some of Refused’s most straight-forward and make the EP fairly repetitive.”

5. This Just Might Be… The Truth (1993)

Refused - This Just Might Be… the Truth Lyrics and Tracklist | Genius

“Although containing Pump The Brakes and Strength, which are some of my alltime fave’s by Refused, it still seems they we’re looking for their sound a bit during the time of this release. But then again, you always need to start off from somewhere to get to somewhere.”

4. War Music (2019)

War Music by Refused Reviews and Tracks - Metacritic

“I gotta admit that listening to opening track, ‘REV001’ before the album was released, it did not do much for me, but it grew on me. Same with 2nd song ‘Violent Reaction’. It seemed a little slow but then kicks on with a cool riff and chant of ‘Level it all!’ A few good songs and then the one that immediately got my attention, ‘Malfire’ with its cry of, ‘The wolves are at the door.’ This is a similar album throughout, but it is consistently very good too.”

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3. Freedom (2015)

Refused: Freedom Album Review | Pitchfork

“Its catchy post hardcore that i cant deny. I can understand where all the hate is coming from, but i dont really care about that. Its upbeat, fun and aggressive, and its very addictive to boot.”

2. Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent (1996)

Justify Your Shitty Taste - Refused's "Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent"  | Decibel Magazine

“From that massive shift in ideology comes an even more immense critical acclaim and appreciation for it, as well as a diluted expectation that everything the band makes should be close to that level. And no, Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent could never hope to compare to The Shape of Punk to Come in that regard. But it’s quality music nonetheless, and every single idea expressed on its successor is found upon it. Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent is less adventurous and more primal. More like a typical punk album, though never fully becoming a dreaded transitional point of the sound.”

1. The Shape Of Punk To Come (1998)

Refused: The Shape of Punk to Come: A Chimerical Bombination in 12 Bursts  [Deluxe Edition] Album Review | Pitchfork

“I can’t lie, I LOVE this album, the first “modern hardcore” album I listened to, I listened to nothing else but this album for a month. The first time I listened to “Liberation Frequency” I was literally scared when the loud part came in and I don’t think any other hardcore vocalist besides Dennis could sing the falsetto bits in this album and not make them sound silly. Just a great album, every things sounds perfectly arranged, nothing is out of place.”