Monday, December 1, 2008


Let's kick it off with an old classic. This record just about ripped my fucking head off the first time I heard it, back in the heady high school daze of '93-'94. I think it was actually, technically, the first blast beat I ever heard. And the transition between the first and second songs, 'Mandible' and 'In Ruins', still sends my brain spinning to this very day. They released an earlier album, 'Remain Sedate' which had a very different sound than 'Protestant', due to some sort of throat surgery their singer, Charles Maggio, underwent between albums, resulting in a much harsher, screechier tone than the knuckle-dragging NYHC tone heard on the former. The music also changed for the better, careening from straight-up speedy hardcore to a much more dissonant, angular, sludgier beast. This band sometimes gets name-dropped as progenitors of the dreaded 'metalcore' genre, which I find both misleading and unfair. This album is too weird, too crazy, and just too damn GOOD to be associated with such limp-wristed silliness.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

this album is the ultimate 90s hardcore masterpiece in terms of composition, technique, craziness and power! opus magnum of progressive hardcore. while it has much metal/hard rock influence, it still sticks to the hardcore punk rudiments, which i think is one of the main reasons why it manages to avoid ending up sounding like some lame attempt to play metal (thar's how i feel about 98% of mosh/metal core/whatever it's being called). this is definitely some of best music ever created!