“American punk rock seems to get more watered down with each passing year. Leave it to the Swedes to remind the USA that we were once the home of the Stooges and the MC5.” JJ The “rousing, stompin’ garage rock” JS of “the Hives’ Veni Vidi Vicious owes its very being to Detroit’s punk genesis; they may be decades too late, but the Hives capture the zeal and fury perfectly.” JJ “‘Party Party!’ they seem to be saying, and you just want to join.” JS “More records like this need to exist.” JS
“The album’s title is a play on words uttered by Julius Caesar after conquering Asia Minor in 47 B.C. Said Caesar: ‘Veni, vidi, vici.’ (In English: ‘I came, I saw, I conquered’).” WK With “plenty of fuzzed, struttin’, propulsive guitar work on this disc to assault your ears,” JS one has to conclude that this, the Hives’ second album, has indeed accomplished that task.
“Die, All Right!, an angry rant against capitalism, spikes the aural brew with frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist’s nasty nasal shouts. Just as rocking is Hate to Say I Told You So, which boasts a clunky punk groove and delightfully dark lyrics such as ‘Do what I please gonna spread the disease because I wanna / Gonna call all the shots for the no’s and the not’s.’” JJ
“Veni Vidi Vicious clocks in at just under half an hour – a perfectly timed charge of codeine-meets-caffeine and decibels-meets-delicious-rock.” JJ