Metal Priestess: Plasmatics

Rating: 85%

MetalPriestess1981vinylBackBendFrontCoverSo…1977 and Punk was just ripping through the streets of America. The Plasmatics having been formed would storm through the late 1970’s and early 1980’s with their front woman Wendy O. Williams. Let me say, she took entertainment to a whole new level.  From chainsaws to destruction of cars on stage to her stage outfits. Because of that, Wendy O. Williams was ahead of her time as well as the music her band played. It was influential in both the Punk world as it was in the Heavy Metal world.

Musically, the song structures are along the lines of Hardcore Punk. But the riffs and screaming leads are as Heavy Metal as Heavy Metal gets. This album here is just one example of how the Punk world crossed over to influence Heavy Metal. Just ask Motorhead. They’ll tell you!

Track listing:

A1 Lunacy 5:04
A2 Doom Song 5:23
A3 Sex Junkie 3:08
B1 Black Leather Monster 3:39
B2 12 Noon 3:31
B3 Masterplan 4:48

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Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing: Discharge

Rating: 95%

Discharge-hearseesay.jpgSo, if I was to think of a influential Hardcore Punk band that had a hand in the developments of Thrash Metal, perhaps Death Metal, Crust, and Grindcore, I would have to say Discharge is one of those bands. This album here released in 1982 could have easily started it all.

What makes Discharge so special above many others? Their musical style first and foremost brutal. This album was also raw, distorted, powerful, heavy, fast, along with vocals that are shouted out, rather than sung. The music is loud and noisy. You can’t get much more raw than this. The music seems to be totally pissed off with society. That leads right to the song lyrics. Lyrically, the themes are about about politics, social happenings, as well as anarchist and pacifist themes. It’s a total war on the system. 

The musicianship is excellent! Cal Morris vocals have inspired many throughout the decades. His style of shouting really brings the emotion home of what he is singing about. The heavy and distorted guitar riffs and fast leads by Bones is awesome. Now, harmony is not what this was about, but the bass work that Rainy brings is really good. Keeping the tempo with his style of d-beats is Garry Moloney.  

The end result of this album was the influence it had one Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer when they fused this Hardcore style with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Even Groove Metal was inspired by this album when Pantera came along.

Side one
1. “Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing” 1:33
2. “The Nightmare Continues” 1:51
3. “The Final Blood Bath” 1:42
4. “Protest and Survive” 2:17
5. “I Won’t Subscribe” 1:39
6. “Drunk With Power” 2:46
7. “Meanwhile” 1:30

Side two
1. “Cries of Help” 1:54
2. “A Hell on Earth” 3:07
3. “The Possibility of Life’s Destruction” 1:17
4. “Q: And Children? A: And Children” 1:49
5. “The Blood Runs Red” 1:36
6. “Free Speech for the Dumb” 2:18
7. “The End” 2:32

Bedtime for Democracy: Dead Kennedys

Rating: 90%

Dead_Kennedys_-_Bedtime_for_Democracy_cover.jpgThe Dead Kennedys are another great Hardcore Punk from the early to mid 1980’s. Being from California, they aren’t your typical New York sounding Punk band. In fact, I hear a lot of influences in their music, especially on this 1986 release.

For starters, the Country song “Take This Job and Shove It” by David Allan Coe. When have you ever heard of a Punk band covering a Country song? Not many. But the Dead Kennedys pulled it off. You also hear some of the Country style licks in some of the solos. Aside from that, you do hear a bit of the surf music influence which is blended ever so nicely into the main sound. There are some excellent melodies here within the song structures. Lyrically, the band is protesting the government, society, and war.

The band itself is fucking fantastic. The unique vocals of Jello Biafra is remarkable. He has a voice that other you like or don’t like. There’s really no other way to put it. Then you have guitarist East Bay Ray who throws riffs and leads out like there is no tomorrow. Bringing in tons of harmony and is heard clear as day is bassist Klaus Flouride. Rounding out the drumming spot and really throwing out some fast pace tempos and weird offbeats is drummer D.H. Peligro. 

Track listing:

Side A
“Take This Job and Shove It” (David Allan Coe) – 1:25
“Hop with the Jet Set” – 2:07
“Dear Abby” – 1:09
“Rambozo the Clown” – 2:25
“Fleshdunce” – 1:29
“The Great Wall” – 1:32
“Shrink” – 1:44
“Triumph of the Swill” – 2:17
“Macho Insecurity” – 1:30
“I Spy”  – 2:30
“Cesspools in Eden” – 5:56
Side B
“One-Way Ticket to Pluto” – 1:38
“Do the Slag”  – 1:36
“A Commercial” – 1:33
“Gone with My Wind” – 1:43
“Anarchy for Sale” – 1:18
“Chickenshit Conformist” – 5:58
“Where Do Ya Draw the Line” – 2:39
“Potshot Heard ‘Round the World”  – 2:10
“D.M.S.O.” – 2:09
“Lie Detector”  – 3:43

Greatest Shits – One Hour Of Music: D.O.A.

Rating: 95%

R-1644712-1453754014-5716.jpeg.jpgI love early 1980’s Hardcore Punk. Something about the powerful sound, quirkiness, the raw feeling, and the music itself. Today, the modern sound is so polished and clean that it annoys me. It’s not real.

Back to the 1980’s, D.O.A. was tearing it up on the circuit and is often considered as one of the founding fathers of the Hardcore Punk movement. One member of the band that may stick out to any metalhead is Chuck Biscuits. He was the drummer who went to Danzig as well as many other Punk bands. His brother Dimwit took his place after he left the band. Demwit also played for the Four Horsemen. The only original member of the band  is Joe Keithley, the vocalist.

The songs on this album showcases what the band sounded like both live and studio from the late 1970’s to the mid 1980’s. The sound was raw, powerful, and hardcore. You couldn’t even begin to polish this album. I love the overall sound to this band. IT’s got plenty of structure to it, from the verse to chorus. The speed of the music is fast, but not overwhelming. The leads are fantastic as are the main riffs to each of the songs. Even the covers are killer.

It’s filled with plenty of attitude from “Royal Police” to “Nazi Training Camp” where the lyrics don’t hold back any feelings. It also has some funny moments to it. Take the 20 second song “Oo-Ee-Oo-Ee-Oo-Ah-Ah!” or “My Old Man’s A Bum.”

I wish that more bands were like this today. But once they are in the studio, the record company just destroys the nature sound of many of these newer Hardcore bands. Shame too!

Track list:

Fucked Up Baby 1:29
Oo-Ee-Oo-Ee-Oo-Ah-Ah! 0:20
My Old Man’s A Bum 1:38
M.C.T.F.D. 1:36
The Kenny Blister Song 0:17
Utopia 4:23
Billy And The Socreds 2:35
Royal Police 2:13
New Wave Sucks 1:24
Behind The Smile 2:20
Take A Chance 1:48
Last Night 3:20
New Wave Sucks (Dub) 0:56
Great While Hope 2:46
Nazi Training Camp 1:45
Want Some Bondage 2:25
Rich Bitch 3:20
Let’s Fuck 1:45
World War 3 4:26
Won’t Get Fooled Again 6:30
Communication Breakdown 1:56
L.A. Woman 5:37

Dawn Of The Undead: The Undead

Rating: 90%

Dawn_of_the_UndeadI picked up the CD of Bobby Steele’s The Undead over the weekend. I have always liked the Undead, but without breaking the bank, I never picked up any of their CDs. I found this one for $6.00 in Greencastle, PA.

The Undead was born the moment that Bobby Steele, the guitarist of the Misfits was fired from the band. In 1982, the Undead released their first EP. They were one of the popular Punk bands to hit New York running head to head with the Bad Brains and the Misfits.

This album here showcases many of the songs that were recorded from 1982-1986. Although, some of the songs were remixed in 1991. The Undead has a sound that is really unique. In some ways, it sounds much like the old Misfits, but that is because of Bobby Steele’s sound that he took from the band when he left.

The Undead proves that Punk can have structure, it can have fun, and it can sound good. Some of the songs have that real Punk feeling, while others are much heavier. It’s those songs that have the Misfits sound. It has great instrumentation. Some of the tracks were recorded with Steve Zing on drums who left the band to join Samhain with Glenn Danzig. The guitar parts are fantastic. The bass adds to the overall harmony of the sound itself. All and all, this album here is a classic and I don’t know what the CD is so damn expensive, but, worth the investment.

Track listing: (CD version)

Evening of Desire
A Life of Our Own
Never Say Die
Gimme Your Autograph
I Don’t Wanna Go
In Eighty Four
The Way We Behave
Put Your Clothes Back On
R.A.T.T.F.I.N.K.
I Want You Dead
We Don’t Want the Poor in New York City
When the Evening Comes
Verbal Abuse
My Kinda Town
Hollywood Boulevard
Undead
Social Reason
No Vices
Nightmare
Lies
Eve of Destruction
Misfit

Dealing With It!: D.R.I.

Rating: 90%

DRI_-_Dealing_with_ItOne genre that I love is Hardcore Punk, especially when that genre crosses over to Trash Metal. This is exactly what D.R.I. was doing when this album came out in 1985. Several of the songs on this record were on the previous Dirty Rotten and Violent Pacification albums.

This album also contains versions of songs that have different lyrics or the rhythm sections are slowed. Either way, this is a great album to have that demonstrates how a Hardcore Punk band develops that Trash Metal sound, considering their following album was called Crossover.

Spike Cassidy has developed some very nice leads and solos that will be an important key once the band has officially gone over to Metal. He has also created some very good riffs. I love the vocals of Kurt Brecht. Felix Griffin throws out some hellish beats on those skins. Mikey Offender bass lines really adds to the overall harmony to the music. Tracks 

What separates this album from the previous records is the song structures themselves. There is a good mixture of fast tempos and mid tempos where as the previous albums were super fast. Either way, this album is an important piece of Heavy Metal history. 

Track Listing:

1. “Snap” 1:10
2. “I’d Rather Be Sleeping” 1:12
3. “Marriage” 0:53
4. “Yes Ma’am” 1:56
5. “Soup Kitchen” 2:02
6. “Mad Man” 1:40
7. “Stupid, Stupid War” 0:26
8. “Counter Attack” 1:02
9. “Couch Slouch” 1:26
10. “God Is Broke” 1:07
11. “Karma” 2:16
12. “Nursing Home Blues” 3:50
13. “I Don’t Need Society” 1:36
14. “Give My Taxes Back” 0:56
15. “The Explorer” 1:36
16. “Reagonomics” 0:46
17. “How to Act” 1:10
18. “Shame” 1:09
19. “Argument Then War” 3:23
20. “Evil Minds” 0:55
21. “Slit My Wrist” 0:30
22. “Busted Again” 0:54
23. “Equal People” 0:51
24. “On My Way Home” 1:00
25. “Bail Out” 0:44

 

Live At The Whiskey-A-Go-Go: Misfits

Rating: 85%

th.jpgReleased more or less as a bootleg in 1982, this Misfits live album is another look into the last moments of the Glenn Danzig era. To me, it’s important piece of Danzig and Misfits history. The band sounds pretty good, with lots of energy, and the audience itself seems to be having fun.

The sound is very raw and intense, with Glenn’s vocals thrown forward of the music. The music itself is on steroids for as fast as they are playing with lots of feedback. It’s heavy! For me, I am hearing the Misfits for who they really were. Henry Rollins of Black Flag appears on the song Bullet.

Track listing:

  1. Halloween
  2. I Turned Into a Martian
  3. Horror Business
  4. Mommy, Can I go out and Kill Tonight
  5. We bite
  6. London Dungeon
  7. All Hell
  8. Halloween
  9. Skulls
  10. We are 138
  11. Astro Zombies
  12. Brain Eaters
  13. Bullet