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FOR EVER GROUNDED LP
02. A Tight and Blue Cut
03. Silent Burn
05. What's the Beat
06. The Infiltrator
07. Hand Signs
08. Rather See None
09. Coarse In Vein
10. Mob Clash
11. Something That...
Label: Enigma Records
Cat #: E 1056
With each release the Effigies have evolved into a slightly different musical direction. Their first disc "Haunted Town" was classic punk-hardcore, the second "We're Da Machine" was metal-punk and now "For Ever Grounded" has entered the metallic-post punk world. While this new release allows you to still occasionally hear the brilliance of the "Haunted Town" sound, it also plods along with a wall of post punk noise. "For Ever Grounded" is a decent record but it just doesn't grab you and I think with each release the Effigies have slightly deteriorated. What a shame because at one time the Effigies could've been contenders.
-Greg C. (from Task #1, March 1985)
Although I like John Kezdy's cynical, sarcastic yet insightful and observant lyrics- I don't really care for their matured sound as much. It's more like a livelier rock'n'roll Killing Joke, plenty of danceable rhythms here.
-Al Flipside (from Flipside #43, Fall 1984)
On this album, the Effigies continue to develop musically, though not everyone will view this development positively. The material here is pretty diverse. Most of it has a post-punky feel and emphasizes Earl's metallic guitar playing; only a few songs are in the traditional Effigies vein ("Patternless," "Rather See None," etc.). I personally prefer these latter, but the other cuts have grown on me with repeated listens.
-Jeff Bale (from Maximum Rocknroll #15, July 1984)
I gotta admit I wasn't grabbed immediately by this disc. But, after my third listening it all became very clear. The Effigies have at last cut new ground beyond the boundaries of "punk rock" and "biker music." They have staked out some very dangerous turf in a place that will be very hard to defend, but the Effigies will hold. They're that good. Lyrical clarity and musical precision are theirs. Now they have a whole musical genre to themselves. It's up to some dumbass music writer to give it a name!. I won't even attempt it, I'm satisfied just listening to the music of the Effigies.
-Mike K. (from Town Without Pity #8, 1984)