No Gods, No Managers

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No Gods, No Managers
Studio album by Choking Victim
Released March 30, 1999
Recorded March - April 1998
Genre Hardcore punk, ska punk, anarcho punk
Length 41:40
Label Hellcat
Producer Mike Trujillo
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No Gods, No Managers is the only full-length studio album by American hardcore punk band Choking Victim. The album was released in 1999 through Hellcat/Epitaph Records and re-released on LP format by Epitaph in 2004. Being the sole full-length album of Choking Victim, (they broke up immediately after recording the album), it became hugely popular in the punk scene. It inspired many nascent bands, and the band members of Choking Victim went on to form other bands, most notably Leftöver Crack.

The tone of the album is largely dark and pessimistic, with lyrics and artwork containing Satanic imagery. The cover does not contain a barcode, in accordance with their staunch anti-capitalist message, and is decorated with various satanic and anti-Christian symbols. However, a later pressing includes a barcode on the back cover. The album's title is an interpretation of the Anarchist phrase/motto "No gods, no masters".

The quotations heard on several tracks are recordings of Michael Parenti, an award winning leftist political and historical writer.

The songs "Suicide", "Fucked Reality", "Money" and "Hate Yer State" had all appeared on the band's previous extended play releases. However, the versions featured on this album are different recordings to those included on their E.P.s.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "500 Channels" – 2:40
  2. "In Hell" – 2:05
  3. "Crack Rock Steady" – 3:04
  4. "Suicide (A Better Way)" – 2:53
  5. "In My Grave" – 2:48
  6. "Fucked Reality" – 2:28
  7. "Money" * – 3:32
  8. "Hate Yer State" – 2:50
  9. "Fuck America" * – 2:19
  10. "War Story" – 2:53
  11. "Five-Finger Discount" – 2:32
  12. "Praise to the Sinners" * – 2:11
  13. "Living the Laws" – 4:09
  14. "Ska Rock Steady" - 3:58 (hidden track)

(* track contains audio of Michael Parenti)

Personnel[edit]

  • Musicians:
    • Stza - guitar and vocals
    • Ezra - guitar and vocals
    • Shayne - bass and vocals
    • Skwert - drums and vocals
    • Tommy Trujillo - flamenco guitar
  • Mike Trujillo (Producer, Mixing)
  • Choking Victim (Producer, Mixing)
  • Geoff Sykes (Mastering)
  • Mike Dy (Mixing Assistant)
  • Phil Kaffel (Engineer)
  • John Srebalus (Assistant Engineer)
  • Eric Drooker (Artwork)