_ | \ | \ | | \ __ | |\ \ __ _____________ _/_/ | | \ \ _/_/ _____________ | ___________ _/_/ | | \ \ _/_/ ___________ | | | _/_/_____ | | > > _/_/_____ | | | | /________/ | | / / /________/ | | | | | | / / | | | | | |/ / | | | | | | / | | | | | / | | | | |_/ | | | | | | | | c o m m u n i c a t i o n s | | | |________________________________________________________________| | |____________________________________________________________________| ...presents... cDc core #2 original album reviews by The Pusher >>> a cDc publication.......1989 <<< -cDc- CULT OF THE DEAD COW -cDc- _______________________________________________________________________________ Pusher notes: One minor error in cDc core #1. M.D.C. is from Texas, not San Francisco. The Doggy Style album I reviewed was Brian Baker's (gits for Dag Nasty) Doggy Style, an experimental rap/rock project that sucked big-time. I'll be reviewing an album by the real Doggy Style in cDc core #3. Also, I don't get albums sent to me, and I don't get bio kits. All information I get about bands is from reading fanzines, talking to people, hearing stuff here and there, etc... _______________________________________________________________________________ -ALL: Allroy For Prez... (Cruz) For those of you don't know, this band used to be The Descendents. Lead singer Milo Aukerman went to graduate school, and Dave Smalley (singer for DYS and Dag Nasty) became the new lead singer. A new name and new sound followed. Eight songs of pretty nice power pop here. On this album is "Just Perfect" which was on the Allroy Sez... LP and was released as a single. Also on here is "Wishing Well" which was on the b-side of the single. As good as these guys are; getting commercial airplay, being great musicians and all, everyone would much rather see The Descendents. Neat little instrumental also (Son-O-Qua). -BAD BRAINS: Live (SST) These guys are the best in combining hardcore/rock/funk/reggae. This is 13 songs from their 1987 "Return to Heaven" tour. HR's ultra-high vocals, and Dr. Know's guitar make this hard to not like. All their hits like "House of Suffering", "Sacred Love", "The Regulator", and "F.V.K." are on here. Some reggae, too, with "I Against I". -CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: Six Songs With Mike Singing: 1985 (Caroline) For some reason, hardcore/punk/metal bands don't release "Greatest Hits" albums, but there's plenty of stuff like this. This is just to steal some money from people like me who love C.O.C.'s sound, the ultimate in Crossover. Half of these songs are from their "Eye For Eye Album". Aside from making some money, there's no purpose to this. -DANZIG: Self-titled (Def Jam) This is the first solo album from Glenn Danzig, of Misfits and Samhain fame. Everyone either thinks this is out-dated garbage or amazing. I think it's great. Obviously, Misfits and metal fans will love this. If you are into 70's hard rock, which is what this sounds like, you'll wonder what took so long to get this out. It's basically a slow album, one word at a time, and I just wished there was something with some tempo. One of the best releases of the year in my opinion. Unfortunately, it looks like Glenn is becoming major Rock Star. (Charging 15 bucks for tickets, unoriginal MTV videos, etc...) ELVIS HITLER: Disgraceland (Restless) HEE-HAW! While listening to this you won't know whether to slam dance or square dance. Punk and country combined producing some real fun songs. Thirteen incredible tunes that everyone can love. Some highlights are a cover of "Purple Haze" with the words to "Green Acres", "Hot Rod to Hell", and "Black Babies Dancing on Fire", which I can't listen to without getting up to dance. Two instrumentals are on this, "Elvis Ripoff Theme", and "Disgraceland", and "Crush Your Skull" which is a hardcore song. Cool-sounding fretless bass also. FLIPPER: Sex Bomb Baby! (Subterranean) A "Greatest Hits" album from America's answer to PiL. It's in honor of Will Shatter, bass player for the group, and latest punk rock martyr (Heroin overdose in December '87, leaving behind girlfriend and unborn son. Nice, dude.). A whole bunch of stuff on here... singles, tracks from compilations, live songs. And, like PiL, you can't compare Flipper to any other group. Real heavy material. A complete discography is included. GOVERNMENT ISSUE: Crash (Giant) First, I'd like to say that their last album, You, was god-like. I compare it to things like the first Suicidals album, "Never Mind the Bollocks..", the Minor Threat LP, albums that you would think are greatest hits albums. Rock and Roll. And this... isn't so good. John Stabb sounds a lot different on this album, not as low. Their overall sound just doesn't have enough "Umph!" in it. A good 10-song album, but I hope this as far as they go, lest they end up like Dag Nasty, and ALL (?). LUDICHRIST: Powertrip (Combat) Major line up change (that I won't bother going into), since their last album, Immaculate Deception. The result is a really hot album. The right balance of metal to hardcore. One thing you have to love is that these guys have some funny songs. Not disgusting funny (Mentors), or idiot funny (M.O.D.), but something that should get a chuckle out of everyone. For instance, "Zad", about a boy who rids the world of rock 'n' roll, to "One For the Road", a story about why you shouldn't drink beer slow, and "This Party Sucks", which is the sequel to "Most People Are Dicks". And, a cover of "The Barber of Seville" that even my sister liked. A lyric sheet is a must, as the vocals are over- whelmed by the dual metallic guitar attack. ROLLINS BAND: Do It (Texas Hotel) I could easily write a file on why this guy is an egotistical ASSHOLE! But I won't. On the first side is 3 cover tunes. One song "Move Right In" is a Lou Reed song, another "Next Time" (a blues, R&B song), was written by Richard Berry, who wrote "Louie Louie". I have no idea who wrote the title track. Since these are some great rock tunes, Henry doesn't fuck these up too much. On the second side is 6 songs (from the Lifetime and Hot Animal Machine LP's) that were recorded live in Holland in 1987. If you think Rollins Band=Henry Rollins=Black Flag, you won't enjoy his solo stuff (I hated it at first). But, after a while, it's not that bad. All you x-boys should note that Ian MacKaye produced the first side. WARZONE: Open Your Eyes (Caroline) Another album from the premier New York City skinhead band. It's great hard- core but that's not the problem. The problem is what these guys are saying. First they've got the song, "Fight the Oppressor". Who do they think the oppressor is? "Libyan death squads" and "Syrian hitmen". They've obviously watched Rambo one too many times. And there's "The American Movement". Supposedly these guys are anti-racist straight-edge, but that song could easily be the fucking anthem for the White Aryan Resistance! An anti-racist song called "Racism-World History Part 1" confused things some more. I suppose if you just like to "Dance Hard or Die" (another song), the lyrics won't really bother you. "Back to School Again" puts out a very positive message however. Word! _ _ _____________________________________________________________________ /((___))\|The Convent..........619/475-6187 The Dead Zone.........214/522-5321 [ x x ] |Demon Roach Undrgrnd.806/794-4362 Greenpeace's IGB......916/673-8412 \ / |PURE NIHILISM........517/337-7319 The Switchboard.......718/358-9209 (' ') |Tequila Willy's GSC..209/526-3194 time centre...........312/377-0359 (U) |===================================================================== .ooM |(c)1989 cDc communications by The Pusher. 04/29/89-#101 \_______/|All Rights Pissed Away.