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Strength & Unity is the new album by Klasse Kriminale and was released on the band's own record label Havin' A Laugh Records. If you don't know the band, they're an Italian punk band from Savona, highly-influenced by bands like Sham 69 and The Cockney Rejects, they set up around 1985 and have managed to make a hell of a career, proving that punk is far from dead! Having a tendency to play Oi! and with them coming from Italy, a country which has had it's run-ins with fascism over the year, it would be easy to dismiss the band as racists in today's PC world but the band are anything but.
Taking part in numerous anti-racism concerts and fascists as well as writing songs about racism, along with the band's regular themes of politics, poverty, unemployment, drugs, work and the like the band have built up a huge base of fans, especially in Italy and Germany. The band also tend to make a fair amount of ska tracks on their albums which come across as superb, two different styles very well done by these talented musicians. Songs are sung in Italian and English and are often mixed on the same track.
This album, tears through 15 of the band's newest and as good as ever tracks, the ska track Ace Boon Jamming features female vocals which add a whole new sensation to the band which really differs from the more male sung ska tracks like Demoliton Day. Riveretta Ancora Gli Skinheads and Nulla are two other classic fast and furious anthem tracks to look out for.