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REFUSED announce The Malignant Fire EP

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A year has passed since the release of REFUSED’s fifth full-length album War Music. November 20 will bring a new round of the band’s hook-laden, political post-hardcore and punk rock. That’s when the new The Malignant Fire EP drops.

With the release of the first track “Born On The Outs,” anticipation for the latest EP, which includes four new songs and one album track, is starting to build.

Covering EDM legends Swedish House Mafia’s hit “Greyhound” might seem a bit out of the ordinary. But Refused crafted lyrics for the otherwise instrumental track, and along with the video, have become the architects of the Refused version called “Born On The Outs” in typical, catchy Refused fashion.

“Kris [Steen, guitars] has talked about the riff in the Swedish House Mafia song ‘Greyhound’ forever, so we decided to give it our own spin,” singer Dennis Lyxzén says. “[Drummer] David [Sandström] and I added some lyrics for this version, which we’ve called ‘Born On The Outs.’ Make no mistake though; this is very much ‘Greyhound.’ But with added lyrics about people who refused to take a side in the ongoing fight against fascism. So, you know, another ordinary Refused song.”

As for the EP, Lyxzén shares, “There are certain traditions within the Refused camp and one of the sturdiest is the idea that after every album there comes an EP. This time, however, I think that we outdid ourselves. ‘Malfire’ is my favorite song of the record so it’s more than fitting that we shine some extra light on that. This EP was supposed to be something that was released before a tour but in these weird times that tour never happened. However, this still a great EP that follows a great record. More than ever, we need music to lead the way when things are the darkest. Here’s a little attempt from us.”

Alongside “Born On The Outs””and “Malfire,” the The Malignant Fire EP is rounded out with three brand new songs from the band. The EP will be available on all streaming sites, as well as on vinyl, which can be purchased here with some exclusive t-shirt bundle options.


“Born On The Outs”
“Organic Organic Organic (Go Fuck Yourself)”
“Faceless Corporate Violence”
“Jackals Can’t Be Bothered To Dream”


Formed in Umeå, Sweden in 1991, hardcore-punk legends Refused are one of the most influential rock bands of the early ’00s. Artists as diverse as Linkin Park, Rise Against, Steve Aoki, Paramore, Thursday, Dillinger Escape Plan, Blink-182, and AFI have been cited the band as being a fundamental influence on their musical styles. The Shape of Punk to Come has become a cultural touchstone for the entire post-hardcore generation as the year zero of stylistic genre-bending — utilizing electronics, jazz and slick production for the first time, and their reputation tent-poled by politically radical lyrics and solidified by their energetic live shows to spread their message.

After a 14-year pause, the band reunited in 2012, playing much-anticipated shows like mainstream festival Coachella and were subsequently awarded the “Special Prize for Music Exports” by the Swedish Ministry of Trade in 2013. In 2015, they released their fourth studio album Freedom, which was recorded with Nick Launay (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Killing Joke), while also turning to Swedish pop/producer Shellback, whose credits include Taylor Swift and Britney Spears, for the lead single “Elektra.” Inn late 2019, their fifth full-length studio album War Music was released to massive critical acclaim.

Refused is officially the sound and voice of much anticipated video game Cyberpunk 2077’s “house band” SAMURAI!


Here’s a riddle
What is a moderate
When there’s no middle
Clutching the rudder
While the boats on fire
Knee deep in fascists
But you’re undecided

Your defense is
Ok but what about
You straddle fences
As yet another
Hate crime commences
Can’t stop a nazi
With good intentions

With your silence you vote for their oppression
With your violence you vote continuation

The future stands and weighs
As millions live in pain
On moderations grave
I carve my name in hate

Change the station
I need a better song
It’s not my nation
Until it’s everyones

As millions die in vain
The future stands and weighs
On moderations grave
I carve my name in hate

Born on the outside
I accept my fate
I carve my name in hate x2
Hate hate
I carve my name in hate

With your silence you vote for their oppression
With your violence you vote continuation x2

Born on the outside carve my name
Born on the outside to fulfill my fate
Born on the outside carve my name x2

Born on the outside
I accept my fate
I carve my name in hate x2
Hate hate
I carve my name in hate

Karol Kamiński

DIY rock music enthusiast and web-zine publisher from Warsaw, Poland. Supporting DIY ethics, local artists and promoting hardcore punk, rock, post rock and alternative music of all kinds via IDIOTEQ online channels.
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