The American Southwest has much more to offer than bolo ties and Kokopelli bumper stickers. Indeed, there is a kick-ass hardcore scene over there as well, one that has been pumping out scads of awesome bands (like this one) for over two decades. But no discussion about Southwest Hardcore would be complete without mention of of the region's GODS: LOGICAL NONSENSE and WORD SALAD.
LOGICAL NONSENSE - EXPAND THE HIVE (1997)
You might remember Logical Nonsense making an appearance here on IC several months ago, when I posted their debut full-length Deadtime. That record definitely had a melodic (even poppy) edge to it at times, but any hint of user-friendliness was long gone by the release of Expand The Hive four years later. This is some angry, brutal ass-kickery, delivered amongst a cacophony of samples, squealing feedback, and pure fucking HATE. Hive was followed by 1998's Soul Pollution, which I'm sure I'll get around to posting someday as well.
Logical Nonsense formed all the way back in 1989, and defied all logic (see how I did that?) by keeping the same six-man lineup throughout the course of their career. They split up in the early 2000's, but re-unite occasionally to play shows. In Santa Fe, these guys are LEGEND.
(PS - Sorry about the crappy resolution on the cover art, this one definitely deserves better. But alas, I have no access to a scanner and the internet is no help today...)
Logical Nonsense on Myspace
WORD SALAD - DEATHMARCH 2000 (1999)
Word Salad were from Albuquerque, and are surprisingly hard to track down on the internet considering the quality of their music. I posted this split with Hellchild awhile back, but Deathmarch is leaps and bounds better, a grinding, shrieking beast of record chock full of sludgy, stop-on-a-dime breakdowns, blastbeating insanity, and furious shredding. I caught these guys live once in the late 90's. It was like.... FUCK.
And check out the pissing monkey on the cover.
Word Salad fan page