The latest Poison Idea record, from the first impression left by the packaging, seems like a somber album rooted in tragedy. Originally dedicated to a recently deceased fan, Poison Idea was struck the heaviest blow of all - guitarist Pig Champion died of health complications. Latest Will and Testament explains itself - this record arrives as a way to remember Pig King.
This band, however, is Poison Idea. There is no time for somber reflection; the songs are too damn fast. The lineup remains the same from the early days, as does the sound. Poison Idea sound just as ferocious and antisocial as they did on Feel the Darkness. The usual rounds of crime, hatred, and depravity make appearances, as well as the theological warfare in the Middle East. Despite having such dark lyrical content, Poison Idea is somehow able to put a morbid twist of humor into their songs.
To reiterate, this band is Poison Idea, so if you're not a fan of fast, rock and roll influenced hardcore, chances are this record will do nothing for you. Poison Idea may find a few new fans, but there's nothing here that people who aren't already fans will go out of their way to hear.