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_ | \ | \ | | \ __ | |\ \ __ _____________ _/_/ | | \ \ _/_/ _____________ | ___________ _/_/ | | \ \ _/_/ ___________ | | | _/_/_____ | | > > _/_/_____ | | | | /________/ | | / / /________/ | | | | | | / / | | | | | |/ / | | | | | | / | | | | | / | | | | |_/ | | | | | | | | c o m m u n i c a t i o n s | | | |________________________________________________________________| | |____________________________________________________________________| ...presents... cDc core #6 original album reviews by The Pusher >>> a cDc publication.......1991 <<< -cDc- CULT OF THE DEAD COW -cDc- ______________________________________________________________________________ A few notes: (1) Does anyone read this? Call Demon Roach Underground and let me know. (2) Looking back at previous cDc cores, some of the reviews are pretty crappy, writing-wise, and opinion-wise. There's a lot of stuff that I hated at first, but now I really dig. (UNDERDOG, for example.) I think you'll find that these are the best written reviews yet, hopefully they'll be interesting even if you don't have the records. (3) In the last cDc core, I said JUDGE has two ex-Youth of Today members in the band, Sammy on drums, and Porcell on guitar. (In case you didn't remember, Revelation reminded you via a sticker on the album.) Actually, JUDGE has THREE ex-Youth of Today members! Singer Mike played drums with YOT for a short time. He played on The Way It Is compilation. JUDGE broke up anyway, so who gives a fuck? (4) If you're responding to #1. Do you want to see other types of music here? Sub Pop? Amphetamine Reptile? "Alternative Metal" (FAITH NO MORE, PRONG, MIND OVER FOUR, etc...)? I've been listening to some different stuff recently. (5) The video store where I worked is now a pile of ashes, as a result of a mysterious fire. So I'm a little short on cash. So what's the point? #7 might not be out for a long time. ______________________________________________________________________________ BAD RELIGION: Against The Grain (Epitaph) A new album already! It seems like "No Control" just came out. Anyway, with this album, these guys further establish themselves as the greatest punk band in the whole world. Somehow they manage to get each album to sound better than the last. They keep progressing (refining is a better word) without going metal or pop. Bad Religion are known for using big words, but they go nuts on this album. "Syntactic is our elegance, incisive our disease, the swath endogenous of ourselves and rested in its lea." I think it's safe to say that if you don't like Bad Religion, you don't like punk. As far as the live show goes, they were the best band I saw in 1990. INSTED: What We Believe (Epitaph) I don't really buy a lot of SE records, but I do know that Insted is one of the biggest SE bands in California right now. While all the current SE bands have heavy chunky guitars and multiple mosh parts, Insted have an older fast 7 SECONDS style, free of mosh parts. The songs pretty much fly by, nothing really stands out. Despite the lack of creativity, I'd probably have a lot of fun at one of their shows. This album isn't really good or bad, just boring. LIMBOMANIACS: Stinky Grooves (In-Effect) With the success of the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, funk is getting really big. A lot of people say that these new funk/metal bands are just second-rate Chili Pepper rip-offs, but Limbomaniacs definitely have a unique style. First, this is straight funk, there's really no major guitar riffs. Second, there are keyboards and horns, so this really sounds a lot more in the vein of PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC. (Bootsy Collins sings on the first song, "Butt Funkin".) Third, the vocals are done in a standard rap style, and there's a lot of sampling going on. So what you get is a very "danceable" record that should appeal to many different types of people. QUICKSAND 7" (Revelation) In my humble opinion, this four song record is the best thing Revelation has ever put out so far, even with the tacky cover. It's basically a hardcore "supergroup". Drummer Alan Cage, currently in BURN (Revelation 7" out soon), bassist Sergio (x-COLLAPSE), guitarist Tom Capone (guy who played all the leads on SHELTER Lp and BOLD 7"), and singer Walter Schreifels (x-YOT), currently guitarist for GORILLA BISCUITS. This is not really hardcore, but high energy 90's rock. (As opposed to retro-sludge 70's Sub Pap.) Most hardcore bands that have major musical ability end up in cheeze-metal land (WARZONE, REST IN PIECES, etc...), but Quicksand manage to avoid it. The music is riffy, slow and crunchy, but the guitars are sharp, not fuzzy. Good raspy emo-vocals also. SAMHAIN: Final Descent (Caroline) As we all know, SAMHAIN was Glenn "666=$$$" Danzig's band after THE MISFITS. SAMHAIN released two mediocre albums and then Glenn took the bass player from SAMHAIN ("Errie Von") and started DANZIG. The first side of this album is 5 unreleased songs. Glenn not only sings but plays guitar, drums, and keyboards! John Christ, guitarist for DANZIG is there to play the lead guitar parts, so we've got 3/4th of DANZIG here. The songs could easily be DANZIG songs, so you get impression that this wasn't recorded all that long ago. A side project for $$$. Side two is just Glenn doing vocals and guitar, Errie Von on bass, and some other dude on drums way back in 1987. It's nothing more than re-recorded versions of half the songs on the "Unholy Passion" album. I DO like DANZIG, so I enjoyed this, and I'm sure 50,000 MISFITS fans will also. SLAPSHOT: Sudden Death Overtime (Taang!) Boston's legendary hardcore goon squad return with their third LP, and a brand new sound. While the previous records were 4-chord crude hardcore, Slapshot now have a Marshall stack assault similar to KILLING TIME. Unfortun- ately, Slapshot aren't the greatest musicians, so their attempt at "Noo Yawk styley hahdcaugh" often comes out as generic heavy metal. The riffs are ok, but the solos just plain SUCK. Even worse than the ones on the last six BLACK FLAG albums. What saves this is Choke's vocals, and their basic half-joking "Straight-edge In Your Face" attitude. They're really straight, but they know how to poke fun at themselves. Best songs: "Something To Prove", a total rip on the NYC scene, "Punk's Dead, You're Next", for all the EXPLOITED fans, and "White Rabbit", an unintentionally hilarious cover of the JEFFERSON AIRPLANE classic. YOUTH OF TODAY 7" (Revelation) As THE band of the modern straight-edge movement, Youth of Today were often compared to MINOR THREAT. Like MT, Youth of Today have released a posthumous 3 song 7" that seems to say, "It was fun, but now we're gone, good bye." I have no idea when this was recorded (the record has "The Washout Sessions" etched in the middle), but I think it's the best thing YOT ever did. The songs are pretty much in the vein of the earlier stuff, but the playing is solid. There're a few things here and there that make it sound almost like JUDGE, these songs are more distinct than those of previous days. The best part of this record is the great production. Everything is clear and powerful, unlike the "We're Not In This Alone" album, where you can't even hear the bass and drums. There're some good old photos of the band, including Ray reading some Hare Krishna literature on the van, and a very cute looking Sammy. (He couldn't have been a day older than 13.) The lyrics are just a preview of what would soon come with SHELTER. Three compilation 7"s: FOREVER (Irate) Aside from the fact that 4 of the 5 bands here are from New York and play at ABC NO RIO, there's no theme to this record. TURNING POINT aren't as melodic on here as they are on the REBUILDING 7" (see two reviews down). "Insecurity" sounds just like SICK OF IT ALL. BORN AGAINST are super-primitive punk. If it weren't for the incredible lyrics, they'd really blow. RORSCHACH are awful. BURN do a great song in the old ABSOLUTION style, but suffer from bad production. CITIZEN'S ARREST are total grind-core mania. If they were in England, they'd be bigger than NAPALM DEATH. On the whole, there's some good material here, but an overall bad sound kills it. HARDCORE 1990: East Meets West (Nemesis) The fourth live 7" from Nemesis, and the third compilation. This one has an interesting idea: three New York bands together on tour and three local Nemesis bands together on one record, all captured live. Unfortunately, like the other live 7"s, the sound quality ranges from so-so to just plain awful. (It sounds like they were recorded by some guy in the crowd with a tape recorder.) POINT BLANK and CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL are nothing new, while VISION is easily one of the best melodic hardcore bands in the country. CARRY NATION (with two ex-NO FOR AN ANSWER people, and the drummer from INSTED) are pretty good. The KILLING TIME (now disbanded) and SICK OF IT ALL cuts are songs I've heard a million times live. I'm sure you know what they sound like by now. This isn't really necessary. REBUILDING (Tolerance) This is a benefit record for Trans Species Unlimited, an animal rights/vegan group. TURNING POINT do a great melodic tune. BURN, who I've seen live about 6 times this year, do a slow grungy song that once again suffers from awful production. GORILLA BISCUITS do a silly song called "Biscuit Power". 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