Entertainment Weekly (8/21/92, p.60) - "...rising for the first time above the thrash, [sole original band member] Mike Muir's experiments suggest that there may be life after suicide yet..." - Rating: B-
Q (10/92, p.92) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Their seamless, inventive grooves are as tight as the LA gangs that spawned them...they have lost none of the desperation and underlying anger that made their early releases blistering listening..."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.50) - "Capturing their sound in experimental overdrive the genre-hopping quality of this release comes close to Faith No More standards of alt-metal melody..."
Suicidal Tendencies: Cyco Miko Muir (vocals); Rocky George, Mike Clark (guitar); Robert Trujillo (bass).
Additional musicians: Dennis Karmazyn (cello); John Webster (keyboards); Josh Freese (drums).
Recorded at Ocean Way Studios, Hollywood, California and Ground Control Studios, Santa Monica, California.
On the group's earliest albums, vocalist Mike Muir specialized in intense, angst-ridden rants, harrowing but one-dimensional. He has since developed into a rock-solid vocalist, his voice a powerful and fluid instrument. Muir still delivers emotionally ferocious spoken-word segments on "Nobody Hears" and "I Wasn't Meant to Hear This," but the trademark is woven into good songs rather than being an end onto itself. A clenched fist in a velvet glove -- or is it an open hand in chain mail? -- whichever, The Art of Rebellion packs a punch that should win over new devotees while maintaining the group's hardcore following. ~ Roch Parisien