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108

Creation.Sustenance.Destruction (Double)

Equal Vision

Released on July 11, 2006


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The number 108 has supreme significance in a variety of manners ranging from Eastern spirituality to references in classic literature such as The Odyssey. While such traditional applications remain just as relevant when applied to this unique number, a group of charismatic, feverishly intense aspiring Gaudiya Vaisnavas who just so happened to shell out arguably the most enigmatic hardcore concoction of the past two decades brought an even more dynamic meaning to this inscrutable integer. Coming to fruition in 1992, the vital and absolutely compelling musical force known as 108 emanated as a direct mouthpiece for ex-INSIDE OUT guitarist and BEYOND bassist Vic Dicara (Vraja Kishor Dasa) to express his ideas about philosophy, spirituality and life. After some early struggles with a solid line-up, Dicara eventually hooked up with RESSURRECTION vocalist Robert Fish (Rasaraja Dasa) and the duo, along with a slew of other passionate instrumentalists – Trivikrama Dasa (Tim Cohen), Chris Daly and Kate Reddy, among others - went on to write and record three of the most venerated hardcore records of the nineties, and in turn influenced a generation of bands currently at the pinnacle of hardcore’s towering, chaotic apex. As the summer of 2006 heats up, Equal Vision Records is proud to announce the release of a stunning discography that culls the entirety of 108’s recorded output into a two disc set titled Creation. Sustenance. Destruction. The discography compiles every song ever recorded by the band: from the hypnotic, firestorming intonations contained on Holyname and the experimental and emotionally eviscerating Songs Of Separation, to the group’s unforgettably searing epic Threefold Misery, along with its chaotic final EP, Curse of Instinct. In addition an unreleased gem known as “Panic” will also grace the release. Recently remastered by Tom Hutten at Bionic Mastering, the 108 discography is a moving testament to an era of hardcore that was brimming with passion, intensity and spirit the likes of which have yet to be duplicated. Of course, there is a reason why 108 has become such an iconic figure in the hardcore landscape—to put it simply, there are not many bands that can touch the group in terms of its frenetic musical approach. 108 took the ethereal spirit of BAD BRAINS, doused it with the ferocity of Age Of Quarrel-era CRO-MAGS and imbued itself with the boundary pushing yet introspective lyrical and artistic sensibilities that cascaded throughout the nineties hardcore scene to create a monolithic, highwattage sonic force that dared audiences to explore the tumultuous territory avoided by most. Although 108 primarily garnered its reputation by way of its mesmerizing records and full-tilt live performances, the group also established quite the reputation by virtue of its intriguing lyrical missives. While many of the 108’s songs are steeped with a spiritual marrow, the band took more of a philosophical approach to its art. Whether it was analyzing the possibilities of the afterlife (“Deathbed”), the concept of vegetarianism (“Killer of the Soul”) or pervading issues of masculine dominance not only in the hardcore scene but in society at large (“Woman”), or the emotional struggle for survival that one confronts in daily life (“Curse of Instinct”), every single 108 lyric is defiant in its search for truth and resonates with humbling, honest demeanor. For discriminating hardcore fans currently bombarded by a bevy of professional units merely looking for that eponymous payday, this important release couldn’t come at a better time. The volume of hardcore history contained on Creation. Sustenance. Destruction. is an impressive testament to the infinite boundaries 108 strived to attain. 108’s music and message is just as relevant and brimming with vitality today as it was during the peak of the group’s heyday. Consequently, the more academic applications of the number 108 have to be nudged over to make room for the paramount legacy established by this colossal sonic entity.

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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Invocation (Disc One)  0%
2 Blood  8%
3 Killer Of The Soul Voted #3  17%
4 Scandal  0%
5 Being Or Body  0%
6 When Death Closes Your Eyes  0%
7 Mantra Six  0%
8 Arctic  0%
9 Serve And Defy  0%
10 Curse Of Instinct  0%
11 Panic (Unreleased)  0%
12 Opposition (Disc Two)  0%
13 Deathbed  0%
14 Noonnomore  0%
15 Son Of Nanda  0%
16 Woman  8%
17 Shun The Mask Voted #1  25%
18 Thorn  0%
19 Solitary  17%
20 I Am Not  0%
21 Weapon  0%
22 Garinda - Virahena  0%
23 Hostage: I  0%
24 Request Denied  0%
25 Pale  0%
26 Holyname Voted #2  25%
27 Grow  0%
28 Hopeless?  0%
29 Gopinatha  0%
30 Thirst  0%
31 Slave  0%
32 Liar  0%
33 Idefy  0%
34 Tulasi's Song  0%
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Mic from Mapleton, UT 
Mar 20 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Ah my child, tis an album of 108, these men of krishna faith. I like the music but the linear notes are a little lame. It tales the rather boring story of 108, how dude spends half his time between albums milking goats and banging those little finger chimes together burping out some little mantra that gets him SIKED. Who cares? SO the guy spent half the life of this band going to temple? Yeah... Another thing that sorta chapped my ass about the linear notes was the whole aggrandizing of said collective sure they had rad songs but I wouldn't go saying that these guys belong in the hall of hardcore fame, they made some decent records (their earlier shit was tops in my book) and yeah yeah yeah. Also sometimes it really bugs me when dudes write notes about their songs unless it's a pretty interesting story or they're digging up some dirt on the scumbag who inspired it, yet such a thing does not occur here. Basically it's like "oh we loved playing this song, it's about masturbating goats (are the goats... or is the man...) and giving assholes flowers at airports." blah blah blah, I don't care and I know there are die hards who are like "oh shit dude, I know what you mean..." Yet I, I don't care. The 5 is for the music though, it's enjoyable, despite the krishna oh ah oh ah stuff. I don't mind a little spirituality in music (well actually I do), so never mind... Anyways, this is probably the only reason I don't like discography discs, is all the bullshit about how great the band was and how every single hardcore kid in those days was riding their nuts... uh huh... Oh yeah Kate from Project Kate plays some songs on this joint, I liked Project Kate, I don't give a fuck! Fight me at the show biatch!










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