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posted a comment on Discharge - Apocalypse Now. over 7 years ago
One monstrous hunk of shit. Great songs, great band but...

Sound quality would be considered crap even by bootleg standards, but this is allegedly an authorized release, making it all the more shameful. The audio gets a D+. Tape deck in the back of ... See full review
posted a comment on Bad Brains - Quickness. over 7 years ago
Underrated, overlooked Bad Brains LP. Probably their last good (but not GREAT) studio record. Unfortunately the album is blemished by the stupid, homophobic lyrics of Don't Blow No Bubbles. The controversial lyrics of this that song were well ... See full review
posted a review of Scrotum Grinder - The Greatest Sonic Abomination Ever. over 8 years ago
A lot of people think that "Scrotum Grinder" is a bad band name. I disagree. It is a GREAT band name. What is terrible are their songs titles. Pretentious as wearing a damn beret. Fortunately, the music is good and the lyric sheet can be recycled.
posted a review of Doom (2) / No Security - Bury The Debt Not The Dead / No Security. over 8 years ago
A lot of people probably bought this for Doom, who are better known, but for me the Winner Of The Wax War is No Security, who rip through their side with ferocity not unlike Totalitar. Absolutely pounding.

I could never really get that into Doom, ... See full review
posted a comment on Kazjurol - Messengers Of Death. over 8 years ago
A rare miss for the usually great Uproar Records.
posted a comment on Various - Frank Forever. over 8 years ago
Doh! That should be 2003, not 1993.
posted a comment on No Alternative - Backtracks. over 8 years ago
I've heard some people dismiss No Alternative as boring. Which leads me to ask, "What record are you listening to?" Here are three spunky, punky, upbeat numbers that have always sounded great to me.

"Make Guns Not Love" is a slow, melodic number ... See full review
posted a comment on Flipper - Album Generic Flipper. over 8 years ago
Not everyone "gets" this. But then again, I'd be worried if everyone did.

Slow and sloppy, monotone, anti-melodic atmosphere music for the maladjusted. The lyrics are bitter yet clever. The guitar is schizophrenic -- totally unpredictable. Drums ... See full review
posted a review of Crude SS - The System You Hate. over 8 years ago
American bootleg discography of the semi-authorized CD released in the 1990s on Lost & Found. Contains the great "Who'll Survive" 7", comp tracks, unreleased stuff and one live song. Not a lot of packaging but a lot of great Swede hardcore. Listen to ... See full review
posted a comment on Target Video. over 8 years ago
Classick Lux moment: "They say you people are crazy, but you don't look too crazy to me!"
posted a review of The Screamers* - Scuzzy The Death Cone Clown Demos 1978. over 8 years ago
You know the Screamers never had an official record -- and still don't -- even though one of the guys in the group ran the immortal Dangerhouse Label. So, if you want to hear them, you need to buy a boot and when you buy a boot it is buyer beware.

Here ... See full review
posted a review of Crude S.S.* - Who'll Survive E.P.. over 8 years ago
Gruff, distorto hardcore, obviously influenced by Discharge but adding their own ingredients to the recipe. Lots of low end drive keeping things heavy.

Smart lyrics, too. "Respect The Earth" is probably the earliest environmental hardcore song I can ... See full review
posted a review of Rövsvett - Jesus Var En Tomte. over 8 years ago
Pounding, punishing, pummeling, perfecto punk from Sweden but sounding very early 1980s U.S. influenced. In fact, Rovsvett has been called the Poison Idea of Sweden. In fact they did an entire 7" of Poison Idea covers.

These rough and tough Swede ... See full review
posted a review of Kraut (2) - Unemployed. over 8 years ago
For me, this is where Kraut really got it right. Just three songs, but they are all very good in every way. And those cheeky New Yorkers saved the best song for last!

I find this e.p. much more solid than the first album, which has a few mushy ... See full review
posted a review of Olho Seco - Os Primeiros Dias. over 8 years ago
A fun romp through the demo days of Brazil's greatest hardcore band. Olho Seco played rough and raw hardcore that somehow retained a melodic undercurrent, making their songs instantly ingrained in the old medula oblongota for all time. On these early ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Afflicted Cries In The Darkness Of War. over 8 years ago
A bunch of mostly previously-released Swedish hardcore made available for the Brazilian market (and beyond) which is a good thing if you ask me.

For my money, Rovsvett's tough-as-nails hardcore -- very much like Poison Idea or the Fix -- steals the show ... See full review
posted a review of Misguided (2) - Fuggets 1981-84. over 8 years ago
Kind of a snooze. Not everything is a 5 and not everything from the 80s needs to be reissued. I imagine this CD will appeal to a select few who are very interested in the 80s NYHC sound, but there are so many other bands that do it better. I was ... See full review
posted a review of Nihilistics - Nihilistics. over 8 years ago
An interesting album. At times, so intense that it is a little scary. At times, so over-the-top in the delivery that it almost comes across as farce. (Think: the cast of SNL goes hardcore...) Is that photo of the crossed-eyes drummer on the back ... See full review
posted a comment on ガーゼ* - 面を洗って出直して来い. over 8 years ago
You don't have to know Japanese to know it is great hardcore. And if you don't know Gauze, you have a lot of homework to do. Listen to this record and get floored. I am willing to bet you have never even heard it yet you casually click disagree. ... See full review
posted a review of ガーゼ* - 面を洗って出直して来い. over 8 years ago
I'm gonna come right out and call this the best hardcore record of the 1990s. Ten perfect songs that flow so well and are so perfectly ordered that is like one long super awesome song. Immaculate production and playing skills through the roof. Too bad ... See full review
posted a comment on Ralph Lotspeich. over 8 years ago
Bow before this man!
posted a review of Capitol Punishment - Capitol Punishment. over 8 years ago
B-side is a long gamble that doesn't pay off. A-side is the 1982 definition of hardcore. Gruff vocals and buzzsaw guitar a plenty! Big Ralph is the king of the scary voice. Dale Stewart is the ace of economy. Me likey very much!
posted a review of Capitol Punishment - When "Putsch" Comes To Shove. over 8 years ago
If a creature from outer space came up to me and asked, "Mrzzzquag lodu glamby nort?" and somebody translated it for me as, "So, what is hardcore?," I would take that fucking one-eyed, six-testicled freak to my house and blast Capitol Punishment to him ... See full review
posted a review of Rhythm Pigs - An American Activity. over 8 years ago
A minor masterpiece, masterfully melding melody with uh... speed. Sorry, I could not think of an "M" word for fast.

The Rhythm Pigs are highly creative and highly talented. Nothing sounds like this record and once you hear it, you won't forget it. ... See full review
posted a review of N.O.T.A. - Moscow E/P. over 8 years ago
Where do I start with this one? Four bulletproof songs, packed with anger, backed by hooks. Total 80s HC production seals the deal. "This Country" and "Taking Away Your Rights" appeared on many mix tapes I have made over the years. This record still ... See full review
posted a review of N.O.T.A. - N.O.T.A.. over 8 years ago
A near-perfect hardcore album. I feel a few spots on the B-side drag a little but for the most part, we are talking gold star material here. Shit, the first 4 songs on side one go so perfectly together, I often whip this thang out just to hear them ... See full review
posted a review of Koro - Speed Kills. over 8 years ago
Funny story. Koro opened for the Circle Jerks in Knoxville around 1982 or 83 and destroyed the fucking place. After Koro's set, Keith Morris walks up to them and says, "How the hell are we supposed to follow that?"

That right there should tell you ... See full review
posted a review of Gauze - Coretic. over 8 years ago
In the pre-download days of the 1990s, boot releases like this met a need. Namely, they spread obscure, rare music to new audiences who might have otherwise not had a chance to hear great stuff like Gauze, Confuse, GISM, Stalin, Lipcream, Systematic ... See full review
posted a review of Confuse - Old God Meet New God. over 8 years ago
Astounding anthology of one of Japan's finest. Confuse straddles the line between ferocity and utter madness.

Blown out, distorted guitars propelled by mental ward-style drumming serve as the accompaniment for out-of-control, maniacal verbal ... See full review
posted a review of GISM* - Live Tokyo 1982 - 1983. over 8 years ago
Like all other Absolute Power releases, this thing looks like a million bucks.

Unlike all other Absolute Power releases, this thing sounds like a million farts.

For serious GISM fans only. All others may feel cheated.
posted a review of Various - Eat My Brain, Go Insane. over 8 years ago
Another ear-splitter from the mysterious Revoltation Records. This time it's a Swedish feast. As usual with Revoltaion, this looks and sounds good and helped spread the hardcore gospel.
posted a review of Swankys / Gai (2) - Lifestyle / Extermination. over 8 years ago
Musically and conceptually, an excellent project. With original Swankys and Gai titles being so hard to come by, this well-made fan club release served its purpose well in the pre-download days. A real ear burner!
posted a review of Outo - 19 Song LP. over 8 years ago
Well, these days there is an official Outo CD discography out there -- pricey, but it is out there. But once upon a time, bootlegs like this served a very valuable purpose. And still do in some cases, I suppose.

This particular bootleg served as a ... See full review
posted a review of Neos (2) - Hassibah Gets The Martian Brain Squeeze. over 8 years ago
A year after their eye-opening introduction, the "End All Discrimination" 7" (Alandhiscar Records, 1982), the teenage power trio shows a tighter, faster, meaner sound. Some of these songs are so fast, it seems that they are racing each other to the end ... See full review
posted a review of Neos (2) - End All Discrimination. over 8 years ago
These young Canadians were off to a good start with their debut, a blunderbuss of youthful enthusiasm and maybe even a bit of ADD if I am not mistaken. High speed and high energy with a sense of humor just beneath the surface. One might consider these ... See full review
posted a review of The Germs* - Lexicon Devil. over 8 years ago
The bridge between the "so bad it's good" era (defined by the "Forming" single) and the "so good I can't believe it is the same band" era (as defined by the "GI" LP).

"Lexicon Devil" is a classic record in its own right. Three excellent songs played ... See full review
posted a review of Circle Jerks - VI. over 8 years ago
The first track is a good one and then it kind of goes downhill.

There are glimpses of the CJ's former excellence on "Protection" and "All Wound Up," but this is one forgettable album. Funny, because the bands previous album, "Wonderful" with the ... See full review
posted a review of Circle Jerks - Wönderful. over 8 years ago
A lot of people bashed this record when it came out. While "Wonderful" is not as zippy as "Group Sex" it does have some choice cuts like "I & I," "The Crowd," "American Heavy Metal Weekend" and the title cut.

"Making The Bombs" and "Killing For ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Another Shot For Bracken. over 8 years ago
A lot of well known bands turning in throwaway tracks and a handful of nobodies trying their best but kind of falling flat. Sort of a waste of resources.

This is a good example of why many proclaimed US hardcore dead in 1986. I for one do not think ... See full review
posted a review of Circle Jerks - Golden Shower Of Hits. over 8 years ago
A very good but not great record. "Bad Words" and "Junk Mail" are kind of throw away songs and "Rats Of Reality" sort of drags, but the other nine songs are high quality, particularly "Coup de'Etat" and the title track.

When folks profess their love ... See full review
posted a review of EBS* - Cosmetic Society. over 8 years ago
An overlooked 1990s HC gem, possibly because the cover art is a bit hard to make out or because only 500 were made. In any case, it sounds like outtakes from the first D.R.I. record. Someday folks will be killing themselves to find one.
posted a comment on Various - Rat Music For Rat People. over 8 years ago
Sweet! All live comp with nothing but the big names for you like Dead Kennedys, TSOL, Black Flag, Avengers, Dils and more. For me the high points are the 2 D.O.A. tracks, full of snarl and snot and the Circle Jerks doing a high octane version of "Live ... See full review
posted a review of Various - SF Underground. over 8 years ago
Subterranean Records was the first label I really flipped over and began to "follow." I tried to get anything I could on Subterranean.

I remember sending off $2(!) for this comp and instead got a note telling me it had just run out of stock. DOH! ... See full review
posted a review of Voorhees - Spilling Blood Without Reason. over 8 years ago
A right cracking good hardcore record from old Blighty! One of the few bands that made 1990s punk/hardcore alive. These lads like their early 1980s US hardcore, particularly the Boston bands and it shows. SSD style riffing and Jerry's Kids speed. ... See full review
posted a review of D.S.-13* - Killed By The Kids. over 8 years ago
Not a bad record but the band was so severely over hyped that listening to it is a bit underwhelming. They were fun live, they made OK records but 2001 is way over and no one will ever listen to them again.
posted a review of Bum Kon - Drunken Sex Sucks. over 8 years ago
I had the original Bum Kon "Drunken Sex" 7" and it made no impression on me. I found it completely average, neither good nor bad. I sent it to a record trading "buddy" in the UK who summarily ripped me off by sending nothing in return. "Oh, well," I ... See full review
posted a review of S.N.O.T. - Slaughterhouse. over 8 years ago
A solid hardcore platter and a speedy one at that. Some of these songs approach blast beat speed which, for 1986, is quite forward thinking.

I do like this record but honestly, not enough for a 5. I'll have to reserve that for the likes of the ... See full review
posted a review of Maggot Sandwich - Murder War. over 8 years ago
A few years after the band's LP comes this blitzkrieg record, breaking the silence in a big way. "Murder War" finds the band writing shorter, faster, meaner songs but still with their trade mark hooks, humor and political astuteness. Since MS has often ... See full review
posted a review of Maggot Sandwich - Suckcesspool. over 8 years ago
For "Suckcess Pool," original singer Bizz Zerk has left the group and guitarist Vik Kaos assumes full time vocal duty.

On this record, the band's history of smart/funny lyrics continues. The songs have a caustic pop edge to them not present on their ... See full review
posted a review of Maggot Sandwich - Dead To My World. over 8 years ago
While the song writing on MS's debut is average to good, the lyrics strive for more and there is a good bit of humor.

Unfortunately, this is one of the worst sounding recordings to ever make it to vinyl. The overall volume is so low that even if you ... See full review