MIRACLE DRUG / PIECE OF MIND– Split 7″
Available on a few different color vinyl options and with a download code to boot!
Available through Trip Machine Laboratories
I have to start this review with a few clarifiers:
· I purchased all 3 versions of this 7in (see pic).
· If you are a fan of hardcore, then you should grab this.
· Split records, for good or bad, are a contest of which side is better.
· Sorry to anyone in Piece of Mind but…well…you were outgunned.
I file my split LPs, 10ins, 7ins at the end of the alphabet but I’ve found I’m in the minority. I was in NJ this past week visiting some pals and the consensus was that any split is filed alphabetically by the band you like better. An example being that the Faith/Void split rarely sees the F section of a record collection (FYI, mine would be in the F section so that may automatically go to the credibility of this review).
With that, had this just been a Piece of Mind (PoM going forward) record review I would have gone bananas for it. They are very competent and hit all the right marks to make me throw a fist in the air while sitting in my chair reading along to their lyrics. But here’s the thing, the folks in Miracle Drug (MD going forward) have each been in bands and playing and recording since the mid ‘90s (C.R., Mouthpiece, Supertouch, By The Grace Of God, Enkindle, Mouthpiece and on and on and fucking on… uhh, an exhausting amount of stuff). And, if I’m any good at math at all, that’s around 300 years of combined experience. Furthermore, with over a century’s worth of experience, MD have a “fuck you(ness)” about them that only comes with that. I’m not talking about the “fuck you” of being in a band in your 20s where you pretend that shit rolls off your back but if there is one missed note at a show, the entire band sends a palpable wave of embarrassment over the crowd. And then a band meeting ensues where an entire hour is spent saying things like “we gotta get tight before our next show”. The “fuck you” I’m talking about comes from adulthood. I imagine that if MD messed up a song at a show it would be an exchange of smiles among the band and their band meeting, if they even would have one, would be them giving each other shit and bustin’ chops. Also, as far as Hardcore goes, I’d be surprised if these guys listened to a lot of hardcore at all these days. I’d put money on that a few of these fellas dig Steely Dan as well as Black Sabbath. There are a couple changes that took me by surprise and pulled me in. Who knows, they might also all be assholes.
In the end, this is a great record with two great bands but maybe not the greatest combination. It wasn’t a chocolate and peanut butter tasty combo, but it wasn’t a toothpaste and orange juice one either. Maybe it was milk and Pepsi, complementing but not peer to peer. However, I did do this. I ordered the PoM demos and recent cassette to check out and maybe review. Look, PoM were just outgunned on this release and I bet they’d agree. Regardless, go grab one before they are gone. I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed. (JD)
Justin Dratson: JD Nate Wilson: NW Matt Average: MA
CITY HUNTER – Deep Blood 12″ 45
Youth Attack Records (YA 103)
I’ve been following everything Mark (McCoy) has been doing with Youth Attack Records since the beginning….yup day one, I was there. For me to see the evolution of his label has been a pretty incredible thing to watch over the years. Its been awesome and makes me proud of an old friend. I still can’t help but to wonder why, and how he still does it to the degree that he does. He puts everything he has into the packaging, layout and the sound that many of the YA bands seem to carry. Then right after the record comes out, usually the bands break up.
At any rate, on to the record review. When I got this City Hunter 12” I was in awe just by looking at the complete package. It looks like every single slasher film that I’d stay up late for in the 80’s to watch on USA’s Up All Night. City Hunter are from from Colorado and feature members of Cadaver Dog, Civilized, and Creep Stare. This seems to be a very incestuous scene that have put that region on the HC map.
When I first put this on my turntable I had sort of the same feeling I had when I first heard Carcass. I’m not sure why, maybe because its extreme in a way I haven’t been exposed to in a while? I’m by no means saying these cats are as good as Carcass. I do however find the band to have some what of a Carcass feel that is mixed in with Void, and then a black metal element in the guitar melodies. The melodies have me able to hum along with the songs even though the music is so chaotic and rawly tuneless. The beginning of the song Schizo really had me feeling the Void thing. Fourteen killer songs that have had me listening to this on multiple occasions.
Advice…listen kids if you want to get signed to YA you must worship Void. Its a fucking no brainer!
Get this City Hunter if you still can, everything about this record is beautifully ugly.
The song titles…
01. Watching Blood Darken
02. Living Nightmare
03. Bind Torture Kill
04. Beyond Recognition
05. Crimson Streets
06. Dark Descent
07. Open Season
08. Silhouette of Death
09. Dying Out
10. Stab and Repeat
11. Slow Death
14. One By One