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Adrien from Kitchener, ON Canada 
Jun 19 2008 Rating: 5/5 Stars
Hot Water Music/Leatherface -Split Series Vol. 1 CD
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Hot Water Music/Leatherface
Split Series Vol. 1 CD

Along with 'Horsebox' these recordings were the begining of a new era for Leatherface. Even after a hiatus this group of musicians hadn't lost a step. The six songs presented on this split are some of the most powerful and emotional songs this band has ever produced. The pure emotion in songs like 'andy' or 'wax lyrical' rival the best in the Leatherface catalog. Even classic songs like 'dead industrial atmoshere' or 'not superstitious' from "mush" are contested here with the sheer brilliance in the craft and performance of these songs. All in all I rank these six songs from Leatherface as good as anything from their catalog, and as previously mentioned, I place these recordings on the same level as "mush" from 1991 which many herald as a perfect display of punk rock and the perfect Leatherface album.

The Hot Water Music contribution is excellent as well. And while I feel Leatherface truly over shadows them in this release the two bands compliment each other well. HWM really displays some of their stronger attributes on this release that will surely please long time fans. In addition their material presented here would be a great introduction to the group. Their five songs are very well performed and executed and only lag slightly behind from being paired up with Leatherface on this split. A great album that is highly recommended to true fans or emotional punk rock, and a great example of two passionate and devoted bands.

Adrien from Kitchener, ON Canada 
Jun 18 2008 Rating: 5/5 Stars
Leatherface -Horsebox CD
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Leatherface
Horsebox CD

A very interesting recording. Leatherface is a name that is well known, and this album is proof of their storied reputation. Their brand of melodic punk rock touches emotions and feelings at every turn. Pristine melodies are some what buried in the deep rasp of Mr. Stubbs on this recording. Urgency and passion is evident in the presentation and execution of these melodic stories, feeling as though a collective effort emotion is expressed. In a world of punk rock that is increasingly hollow and lifeless, it is refreshing to look back to groups with true passion and love of music. This album was an incredible new start for Leatherface, and while it may have personally taken me some time to truly appreciate this band, it is as fresh eight years later as it was the day is was released. Mature fans who still believe rocknroll can be passionate, emotional and straight from the heart, Leatherface is the band for you. This album and the split with Hot Water Music (which feature amazing songs like 'andy' and 'wax lyrical') are great starting points for new fans. As you progress do not neglect their earlier efforts reissued on british label Fire Records. Leatherface is a 'must listen to' band.

Adrien from Plattsville, ON Canada 
Aug 2 2004 Rating: 3/5 Stars
Doom -Doomed From The Start CD
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Doom
Doomed From The Start CD

Exactly what the title implies. These are demos recorded between 1987 and 1992. As the liner notes puts it, these are the first recordings of this band after their formation. Apparently they went through many member and style changes before recording their first demo in 1987 and sticking with the Discharge formula then evolving into a modern crusty hardcore band. There are some great highlites here for fans, but nothing essential for casual fans. The early demos are some of the better ones here. They played fast and hard punk rock that was amped up and burly. As with demos, some of the sound quality is very spotty. There are some recordings from the "greatest invention" sessions, which are a nice addition for Doom fans. The demos session #1 and #2 are the best ones. This is when they were at their most raw and primal stage. For one being introduced to the band I'd say go with the "total doom" CD reissue. Ironically enough, interpunk doesn't sell that one. I feel it's the best and represents their best material. For fans of later mid '90s crust-core, like His Hero Is Gone, go with the "world of shit" CD as the sound from the mid '90s Doom differs greatly from the origins of this Discharge style punk band. Good hardcore, but maybe avoid this CD if you're looking to explore the greatness of Doom.

Adrien from Plattsville, ON Canada 
Jun 26 2004 Rating: 3/5 Stars
Valse Triste -Kompilaatio CD
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Valse Triste
Kompilaatio CD

Interesting and unusual hardcore punk from Finland. They don't stick to one style of hardcore, nor are they trying to emulate one particular band. Some songs are fast, but overall the material is played at a novice level. It's not necessarily a bad thing, and at times it works well. However, their quirkiness is something they have a hard time truly shedding. Some songs even drift off with the musicians seemingly not following each other. When it gels together it can be profound and powerful. Other times the songs get lost in a sea of unexpected wackiness. Patient listeners who enjoy harsh and aggressive punk may find something of interest here. Those prefering a more traditional approach may not be impressed. Recommended but not essential.

Adrien from Plattsville, ON Canada 
May 12 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars
Cut The Shit -Harmed And Dangerous CD
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Cut The Shit
Harmed And Dangerous CD

Hard, fast, tight, pissed off and straight to the point. Cut the Shit absolutely smokes. Old style Boston hardcore played fast and hard with no frills. No metal, no emo and no bullshit. Hense the name Cut the Shit. Definitely for fans of "punk rock infused" hardcore. Similar to Out Cold, Jerrys Kids and Negative Approach. I can't help but repeating myself. Tight, fast and pissed off hardcore punk. And I mean PUNK. Check out the RITES as well, as both Cut the Shit and the Rites came from the ashes of Tear it Up. For fans of early '80s american hardcore and fans of angry fast punk rock. A great CD, and be on the look out for a new CD collecting the out of print 7" and newly recorded 10" tracks. Very strong debut album.

Adrien from Plattsville, ON Canada 
May 12 2004 Rating: 4/5 Stars
Health Hazard/Suffer -Discography 1993-1996 Split CD
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Health Hazard/Suffer
Discography 1993-1996 Split CD

Great violent crust-hardcore. Not quite full blown crust, and not quite straight forward hardcore. Judging from the time frame when this was material was originally released, these groups were ahead of their time. Many many bands who play this similar sound today are praised very highly in today's hardcore scene. Both bands Health Hazard and Suffer are very similar in sound. Suffer being more "crust" and Health Hazard having female vocals. But her vocals are so strong it's hard to tell they are female at times. Very impressive without a doubt. At times I prefer one over the other, and it changes from time to time. Plus that just shows how similar these bands are and probably why both were included in this discography. The sound is heavy, violent and relentless. A metallic influence is evident, but it does not dominate the sound. This band is truly one of the originators and most influential bands of this sound. Fans of '90s crust hardcore like Doom, Extreme Noise Terror, Skitsystem and of course Discharge will like this. This is a powerful document of real punk music. Essential for serious hardcore fans, fans of crust and fans of politcally charged intense punk. Recommended.

Adrien from Plattsville, ON Canada 
Mar 6 2004 Rating: 3/5 Stars
Exclaim -Critical Exploder CD
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Exclaim
Critical Exploder CD

WOAH! This is some crazy Japanese thrash/hardcore. It's completely distorted and chaotic. Almost to the point of being unlistenable! (however the more you familiarise yourself with it the better it becomes!) Some moments slightly bring to mind Gauze. This 100 MPH hardcore played with plenty of feriocity, rage and heart. There are all kinds of unique aspects and dynamics hidden under the wall of thrashing noise which reward your patient ears over time. The vocals are just as distorted and chaotic. The whole thing feels as though it could fall apart at any moment, but is held together by a fine thread. Their "out of suit" 7" EP is added on to the end of this CD as well. That material is better than the album it self. Those songs are less distorted and more streamlined. That's what works well with this band and they just slightly over did that with the album. The EP is easier to listen to and has better quality all around, the songs and the production. But don't get the wrond idea I really really like this, but it's certainly not for everyone.

Adrien from Plattsville, ON Canada 
Mar 6 2004 Rating: 4/5 Stars
Doom -World Of Shit CD
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Doom
World Of Shit CD

Heavy, distortied, pounding crust mixed with hardcore stylings and nice Discahrge slant. Doom have a few distinctly different periods along their recording career, and this is when they were playing more modern metal influenced crusty hardcore. Rather than simply emmulating Discharge, here Doom slows the tempos a little and carry a more dynamic and heavy approach. That's not to say it's slow because it still retains it's punk rock edge. There is an equal mixture of early UK crust punk and swedish metal. The vocals are great deep hoarse growls, there are plenty of variations in tempo and song structures. If you only enjoy the earlier more Discharge 'punk rock' Doom, you may not love this, but if you're into the more modern cursty hardcore mixture, His Hero Is Gone is an easy comparison, you will like this Doom album. Good hard heavy punk.

Adrien from Plattsville, ON Canada 
Feb 9 2004 Rating: 4/5 Stars
Severed Head Of State -Discography 1998-2001 CD
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Severed Head Of State
Discography 1998-2001 CD

Smashing crushing hardcore with some crust and thrash thrown in. This features Mind Control Jack and Todd Burdette so with those two involved you know this is going to absolutely smoke. A collection of all their early EPs before the "no love lost" EP and "anathema device" LP. Fast, harsh, distorted and heavy hardcore. Similar to Skitsystem at times, as there is a prevalent Swedish influence. Both Mind Control and Todd do equal vocal duties, as oppose to Mind Control dominating like the newest LP, and these songs tend to be more frantic and harsh. Honestly I do prefer the new album over this older material, but this is where I became familiar with this band. This is great release and fans of His Hero Is Gone, Tragedy, From Ashes Rise, Shikabane, DSB and Skitsystem should enjoy this band. This is vicious and violent so be prepared if you're new to this sound, but if you're familiar with this band, or other projects they're involved in, don't hesitate to pick it up. Good songs by a great band.

Adrien from Plattsville, ON Canada 
Jan 7 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars
Vindictives -Curious Oddities And The Bare Essentials CD
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Vindictives
Curious Oddities And The Bare Essentials CD

Completely awesome!!! If you enjoyed the "Many Moods" CD this is the next logical step. Its basically, as the description says, the second many moods collection. All the lookout and other out of print vinyl is here. So if you don't have this on the original format this is what you need. Awesome catchy and snotty punk rock. I shudder to call this pop punk because of what has happened to that genre over the years of mainstream exposure, but this band continues to delivery. If you like this band and enjoy this CD and the many moods CD, take a dive into "Hypno Punko" or the "Muzak for Robots". This is one of the most under appreciated and best punk bands ever. You can really tell the band loves their craft. The intelligent and witty lyrics put these in front of similar bands of the style. Get all the 'conventional' Vindictives material and then the Hypno Punko and Muzak Robots. (keep an eye out for the new Vindictives project "MoneyShot". This is an essential CD.



 
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