Disposable music reviews

Originally published in ‘zine issue #9, 1993

Earth Crisis Firestorm
Ah yes, my militant straight edge heroes are back with another killer EP. Earth Crisis plays about as slow a style of hardcore you’ll ever hear. It’s strong stuff—almost tribal. Very anti-drug/pro-vegan message. Buy! Buy! Buy!
(by Vaughn Currier) ■

Impaled Nazarene Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz
I know I’ve found a good record when it scares the living fuck out of me. This does. Completely evil, genuine black metal done really well that puts the onslaught of pseudo-Satanic bands to shame. By far the best black metal band around.
(by R. Mason) ■

Voivod The Outer Limits
Honest music! Remember that? It’s a far and distant thing nowadays. While most of the world is caught up in trends and “fitting in,” some people and bands just keep on doing it their way. Voivod is the perfect example. Since day one (back in ‘84), these guys have impressed me to a point no other band has ever achieved. From their off-the-wall broken-English lyrics to their even more off-the-wall music, Voivod has delivered something different and new every time. The Outer Limits, their seventh full-length LP, is a tour de force of amazing music. All-out top musicianship has given me this, my all-time favorite Voivod record! Why, do you say? Well, if you pick this LP up and investigate, you’ll find fast-paced rock, suicide downer music, barbaric power metal, wacky guitar solos, laser guns, and total 100 percent classy music. Include 3-D packaging, 1990s sci-fi topics, and another Pink Floyd cover, and you’ve got in your belongings something very rare: a band that cares about its music. What’s next, do you ask? Who knows—they might just get in their flying saucers and lift off to another planet. And with a whole lot of luck, they’ll take me with them! I’m sure they could use a merchandise man for the tour!
(by King Fowley) ■

Chem Lab and Skrew
Fifth Colvmn, Washington, D.C.
by Editor

The club is usually a techno club with three bars, but they stuck a stage in the middle of the main dance floor and Skrew came on. The Texas band has a newer Ministry-ish album out on Metal Blade Records and basically played the same set as it did when it came the last time, except that it was better before. The singer/guitarist only played guitar on the first few songs and then gave his guitar to a roadie or someone to play so he could just sing and shake his ass and shit.

Chem Lab on Fifth Colvmn Records came on second. The band sounded better than it did when last it came and had a second guitarist this time as well. The band was selling “fuck art let’s kill” shirts after and went over quite well with the young crowd. An energetic set by these guys.

Surprisingly, a cool place to have shows. But they charge $3.75 for a fucking beer, though. ■

Mercyful Fate, Flotsam And Jetsam, Cathedral, and Anacrusis
The Bayou, Washington, D.C.
by R. Mason

Photo of Cathedral performing

Oh my fucking God, I was actually going to see Mercyful Fate! I was so chuffed that it didn’t matter that Cathedral bored me to tears with 45 minutes of them displaying exactly how much they really want to be Black Sabbath. The set included the new single, “Ride,” a few songs off the EP, and a lot of new crap. Hey, Lee, you shoulda stuck with Napalm. Also, the dude from Repulsion was on bass. A waste of my precious time, but I was too stoked to care.

Photo of Mercyful Fate performing

Next up was F&J. I’d been wanting to see these guys for a while, but I was a little disappointed with their performance, but that’s primarily due to the awful lack of guitars in the mix. They kicked off the set with “Swarming Like Flies” and proceeded to play most of Cuatro. They played couple of songs off of each LP, and even threw in “Der Fuhrer” off of Doomsday. The old material sounded surprisingly bland to me, but the new stuff sounded pretty good live. Overall, it could’ve been a lot worse.

Photo of Mercyful Fate performing

Okay, now I was packin’ a woody as Mercyful Fate’s equipment was set up. After a much-prolonged setup with the crew running around the stage (even during the intro), I was more than a bit impatient to see this godly band get on stage. When the opening riff to “Curse of the Pharaohs” began, the crowd went fucking insane. Mercyful Fate ripped through an hour and a half of mostly classic songs and some new ones; an incredible performance. “A Dangerous Meeting,” “Is That You, Melissa?” and “Satan’s Fall” were a few of the godly songs they played. They finally encored with “Evil.” Unfortunately, Timi Hansen has been replaced and the drum solo was boring, but dare I complain? I have witnessed the only black metal band that ever mattered in flesh and blood! Sure, Cathedral was only good for a laugh, but who cares? If you miss this tour, I will personally track you down and kill you. ■

Photos: Cathedral (top) and Mercyful Fate (center and bottom) playing that night

World’s Collide, Outspoken, and Grip
Beta Punx Warehouse, Washington, D.C.
by Vaughn Currier

When Richard and I got there, Grip had just started the show off. Grip’s a pretty trippy hardcore band from Richmond, VA. I’ve seen them do better. Outspoken [New Age Records] was next. One of my favorite str8 edge bands that’s probably one of the best current live bands around. The place was really going nuts. They’re nice guys, too.

As billed, this was to be Worlds Collide’s last show. About four songs into their set, a fight broke out in the pit and this guy went to break it up, and he got maced. Worlds Collide stopped playing, and Matt Burger (the singer) started yelling at this “gangsta boy” who was causing all the problems. Everyone ran for the exits because of the mace. The show was stopped and Richard and I jetted, but I heard after that the police showed and apprehended “gangsta boy” and it was allowed to continue. The D.C.P.D. found a gun on the guy that started the fight. I guess because of the incident and neighbors protesting or whatever, there won’t be any more shows at the Beta Punx Warehouse. Typical. ■


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