Refused - Freedom
Studio album by Refused
Released June 29, 2015
Recorded October 2014 (Seedy Underbelly, LA)
February 2015 (Decibel Studios/mxm Studios, Stockholm)
Genre Post-hardcore, experimental rock, art punk, alternative metal, funk rock
Length 43:04
Label Epitaph
Producer Nick Launay, Shellback, Michael Ilbert
Refused chronology
The Shape of Punk to Come

Freedom is the 4th studio album by Swedish hardcore punk band Refused, released via Epitaph Records on June 29, 2015. It is the first album released by the band since 1998's The Shape of Punk to Come, as well as the first album to feature bassist Magnus Flagge as a full time member since Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent (1996) and first to not feature guitarist Jon F. Brännström since This Just Might Be... the Truth (1994).


After the band's successful 2012 reunion tour, Refused entered a hiatus for the next two years, however, rumours of a return to touring resurfaced after Jon Brännström posted on the group's Facebook page that he was fired some time in 2013. The band announced later in November 2014 that they would perform in a string of festival dates[1] and tour dates in North America supporting Faith No More. Already two weeks before rumours began to surface of a new album, after ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead's Autrey Fulbright II posted a photo on Instagram claiming that Lyxzén had been in the studio recording vocals for the album.[2] The post in question was quickly deleted, however in April 2015 the group announced that they would be releasing a new album in June. The album was produced by Nick Launay, who was known for his work with bands such as Public Image Ltd, Killing Joke and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, with two tracks co-written and produced by former Blinded Colony frontman and prolific pop producer Shellback, including lead single Elektra.[3] Other co-writing credits include "Old Friends / New War" with lyrics inspired by Osip Mandelstam and "Destroy the Man" co-written with Anders Lind.

The band released the track Elektra on a "pay what you want" offer, along with pre-orders of the album for donations of over $25, in conjunction with charity Save the Children after the April 2015 Nepal earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.[4] This was followed by the release of Françafrique on May 26,[5] and "Dawkins Christ" by BBC Radio One as the "Hottest Record in the World" on June 11, 2015.

Track listingEdit

All songs written and composed by Refused except where stated. 
No. TitleLyricsMusic Length
1. "Elektra"   Refused, Shellback 3:11
2. "Old Friends / New War"  Refused, Osip Mandelstam  4:26
3. "Dawkins Christ"     4:03
4. "Françafrique"     4:38
5. "Thought Is Blood"     4:17
6. "War on the Palaces"     3:34
7. "Destroy the Man"   Refused, Anders Lind 3:23
8. "366"   Refused, Shellback 5:19
9. "Servants of Death"     3:42
10. "Useless Europeans"     6:31



The Françafrique Children’s Choir
  • Rosie Ford
  • Grace Darces-Mannings
  • Elisa-Jane Pasfield
  • Jack Holman-Brown
  • Bianca Fonti
  • Hugo Roles

Additional musicians
  • Church - additional vocals (tracks 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9)
  • Jennifer Goodridge - additional vocals (tracks 3 and 10)
  • Brian Grover - additional vocals (tracks 3 and 10)
  • Adam "Atom" Greenspan - keyboards, programming (tracks 2 and 9)
  • Robert Columbus - percussion (tracks 3 and 4)
  • Rasmus Lindelöw - keyboards (tracks 5 and 6)
  • Dan Regan - horns (tracks 4 and 6)
  • John Christianson - horns (tracks 4 and 6)
  • Matt Appleton - horns (tracks 4 and 6)
  • Per Nordmark - tambourine (track 7)

  • Nick Launay - production, mixing
  • Adam "Atom" Greenspan - assistant producer, engineering
  • Bernie Grundman - mastering
  • Shellback - production (tracks 1 and 8)
  • Michael Ilbert - production, engineering, mixing (tracks 1 and 8)
  • Nanni Johansson - assistant engineering (tracks 1 and 8)
  • Tom Coyne - mastering (tracks 1 and 8)
  • Gustav Lindelöw - additional recording
  • Jonathon Baker - assistant engineer (The Françafrique Children’s Choir)
  • Christoffer Berg - additional sound design (tracks 3 and 5)
  • Fredrik Söderberg - paintings
  • Daniel Andersson - art design


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