The Art of Rebellion

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The Art of Rebellion
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Studio album by Suicidal Tendencies
Released June 30, 1992
Recorded November 1991–February 1992 at Ocean Way Studios, Hollywood and Ground Control Studios, Santa Monica, California
Genre Alternative metal, funk metal[1]
Length 58:07
Label Epic
Producer Peter Collins
Suicidal Tendencies chronology
Lights... Camera... Revolution!
(1990)
The Art of Rebellion
(1992)
Still Cyco After All These Years
(1993)
Singles from The Art of Rebellion
  1. "Nobody Hears"
    Released: 1992
  2. "Asleep at the Wheel"
    Released: 1992
  3. "I'll Hate You Better"
    Released: 1993

The Art of Rebellion is the sixth studio album by American crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, released in 1992 on Epic Records. It was the only Suicidal Tendencies album to be recorded without an official drummer; the drum tracks were handled by Josh Freese, filling in for the departed R.J. Herrera. The Art of Rebellion maintains its position as the band's most commercially successful studio album to date, and the songs "Nobody Hears" and "I'll Hate You Better" have the distinction of being the only top 40 hits (radio or otherwise) in Suicidal Tendencies' career.[2]

Album information[edit]

It is widely considered to be Suicidal's "experimental" album. Mike Clark himself acknowledged this, but also mentioned that the album was not planned that way, and was just a reflection of the band's musical growth. The songs show the band's continuing experimentation with funk that had begun on this album's predecessor, Lights...Camera...Revolution!, as well as more progressive song structures, a somewhat more alternative atmosphere, and even pop-oriented sounds. This helped the band not only outride the explosion of alternative in the early 1990s, it also helped them gain a fan base within that community. Nonetheless, the album still stays true to the band's thrash and punk roots on many of the songs.

At almost 60 minutes long, The Art of Rebellion was Suicidal Tendencies' longest album to date, until 2013's 13. Singles to promote the album were "Nobody Hears," "Asleep at the Wheel," and "I'll Hate You Better".

Longtime drummer R.J. Herrera left the band prior to the recording of the album. The band actually performed as an incomplete four-piece throughout the tour for this album. Josh Freese was drafted to play drums for the album, but had no creative input and did not appear on the back cover of the album. However, the new drummer Jimmy Degrasso is seen in the band's video for "Nobody Hears."

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [3]
Entertainment Weekly B− [4]
Q 4/5 stars [5]

The Art of Rebellion has since achieved gold status and peaked at number 52 on the Billboard 200.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Can't Stop" Mike Muir 6:39
2. "Accept My Sacrifice" Muir, Robert Trujillo 3:30
3. "Nobody Hears" Muir, Rocky George 5:34
4. "Tap into the Power" Muir, Mike Clark 3:43
5. "Monopoly on Sorrow" Muir 5:13
6. "We Call This Mutha Revenge" Muir, Clark 4:51
7. "I Wasn't Meant to Feel This/Asleep at the Wheel" Muir 7:07
8. "Gotta Kill Captain Stupid" Muir, Clark 4:02
9. "I'll Hate You Better" Muir, Clark 4:18
10. "Which Way to Free?" Muir, George 4:30
11. "It's Going Down" Muir 4:27
12. "Where's the Truth?" Muir, George 4:14
Total length: 58:08

Credits[edit]

Suicidal Tendencies:

Additional Musicians:

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1992 U.S. Billboard 200 52

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