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Wednesday, Apr 10 2013

Thirteen years is a long time to wait between records, especially for a band that's technically been active the entire interim. Still, iconic thrash outfit Suicidal Tendencies has found a way to squeeze some inspired juice from the break. 13, the title of the 32-year-old Venice Beach act's new album, doesn't just refer to the 13-year gap, but also its 13 tracks and March 2013 release date. On a thematic level, holding the unluckiest pair of digits up high is a classically Suicidal tactic. (Hell, the band did it before in 1990 with "Emotion No. 13.") In this group's hands, all of life's negatives — rage, repression, rejection, insanity — just mean quicker routes to therapeutic mosh pits and incensed guitar lines. Even "Institutionalized," the group's Pepsi-repping cult classic, is as liberating as it is pained.

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