Aversion "Fit to be Tied" CDPosted on Monday, July 11th, 2005 @ 2:33am » permalink
No, the name of my site is in no way associated with these guys. That being said, there have been numerous bands called Aversion over the years, and this in particular is the little known California crossover act that was around predominantly in the early-90's. I really don't know shit about 'em, but they did three records in '91 through '95, with "Fit to be Tied" dropping in 1992 on Restless Records. I never bothered with their third disc, but this one's significantly stronger than their debut, offering up 12 tracks in 34 minutes that range from fast and energetic crossover thrash to quirky midpaced metal riffing – generally with a snotty mix of yelling/singing that kicks out some wickedly fast vocal patterns. Of course, as with most west coast acts of this style, the band definitely tossed in some humorous/lighthearted elements at times, but that wasn't their focus at all.
The strange thing about this disc is that the band was basically billed as a duo, with Christian Fuhrer on vocals and Dash on guitar and vocals (studio musicians were credited as handling the rhythm section), and I never really understood what was going on there. Then again, it's no surprise that information on these guys is scarce, 'cause they got very little attention when they were around, and almost no one remembers 'em these days. Not that this record is some sort of lost classic, it's not, but still… this is a solid disc that has a lot of raging songs on it. But I have no idea when they formed, no idea where they ended up, no concept of their background or history, etc.
Hell, they probably owe their entire career to Headbanger's Ball, because I specifically remember when I was 15 years old seeing their video all the time for a couple of months (and Ricki Rachtman would regularly sport an Aversion t-shirt as well), but it still took me a really long time to find the cassette. In fact, I was still spinning this fucker on tape up until last year, when I finally decided to upgrade it to CD. Here are three of the strongest tracks, more indicative of the band's catchy, energetic side:
I know, it ain't D.R.I. or Cryptic Slaughter or whatever, but it's a damn enjoyable listen (especially for having come out years after the crossover boom), and you can find this shit all over the place for under a buck, so… have at it:
Thanks for keeping the comments and email coming. I should be getting around to honoring some more requests soon. Hopefully the people asking for more "thrashcore" and crossover action will dig these tunes?