Retro-Review: ‘Life on the Ropes’ by Sick of it All

Sick of it All is one of those bands I’ve always known about but never really listened to. You can blame that on a number of factors, but probably the main one is just the lack of availability in my area. You never saw their albums on the music store shelves, heard them on the radio or saw their videos on MTV. Aside from magazines, … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Life on the Ropes’ by Sick of it All

Retro-review: ‘Rock For Light’ by Bad Brains

Thrash metal and punk have always been closely connected in a rather incestuous way. That connection goes further back than D.R.I.’s 1987 album Crossover, which is credited with creating the fused thrash/punk genre. But thrash metal itself goes back to the early 80s when bands like Metallica took the aggression of punk rock and combined it with the musicianship of 1970s heavy metal. There’s lots … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Rock For Light’ by Bad Brains

Retro-Review: ‘Fit to be Tied’ by Aversion

The 1992 album Fit to be Tied  by the band Aversion is probably the best album of that year you’ve never heard of. Sure, there are a lot of bands that I’ve talked about that may be obscure, but they haven’t been forgotten like Aversion has been. Fit to be Tied is 33 minutes of that fused thrash metal and punk goodness that people like … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Fit to be Tied’ by Aversion

D.R.I.’s ‘Crossover’ melds metal, punk perfectly

When you talk about punk music, a lot of those on the outside looking in think of people with facial piercings and multi-colored hair shaved into mohawks who wear leather jackets adorned with spikes and studs listening to bands that can’t play their instruments and shout incoherently instead of sing. Well, those people on the outside are wrong … sort of. Punk is partially that, … Continue reading D.R.I.’s ‘Crossover’ melds metal, punk perfectly

‘Death to Capitalist Hardcore’ by Sore Throat a short, hard mess

When it comes to British grindcore band Sore Throat, you can at least say they know how to squeeze things. Their 1987 Death to Capitalist Hardcore EP would be a double album for regular bands. Why’s that? Well, Death to Capitalist Hardcore squeezes 45 songs, if you can call them that, into 18 minutes and 29 seconds. You heard me right. They make Napalm Death’s … Continue reading ‘Death to Capitalist Hardcore’ by Sore Throat a short, hard mess