Vision of Disorder "s/t" CDPosted on Thursday, October 6th, 2005 @ 6:14am » permalink
So this kid writes me a few days ago and asks me if I happen to have one of V.O.D.'s old demos from way back when, the one with "Rhythm of the AK" and such on it.
Sadly I don't, and I've never been able to hear it, so if anyone does have it, please do hit me the fuck up so I help this guy out. Many thanks. (Edit: Man, shitloads of people have this demo, thanks so much to everyone who has offered to help me out on this one. Mission accomplished!)
But anyway, this dude's email gets me pullin' out this CD (which, by the way, has some of the most confusingly atrocious cover art ever to grace an otherwise flawless record), and holy shit do I sometimes forget how much ass these guys were kicking all over the place when this shit first dropped in 1996 (on Ray Cappo's Supersoul division of Roadrunner Records). During the two years after the release of this self-titled album Vision of Disorder was about as huge as a hardcore band could come back then. It was right around that time that hardcore was starting to get significantly "popular" for the first time, and I remember V.O.D. would play here in Richmond at least once every six months, if not more. It was insane, but god damnit they were so fucking good. I ate that shit up. Pretty much anyone who's currently in their mid- to late-20's that listened to hardcore 10 years is lying through their fuckin' teeth if they deny having liked V.O.D. Those shows were jam packed with kids just going apeshit, and for good reason. Some of these songs still make me want to fuckin' kill people! Many should be well familiar with these jams already, but for those who somehow missed the boat, this shit is just vicious, I don't give a fuck what anyone says:
I don't know where these guys went "wrong" so to speak, as they never did blow up to the next level, and their subsequent records couldn't even think about holding a torch to any of their early material (first becoming far more jarring and caustic, then transitioning into more of a sludgy rock vibe), but that's life, I guess. Former V.O.D. vocalist Tim Williams and guitarist Mike Kennedy are in Bloodsimple now, and I really think that record's pretty damn solid. Easily the best thing the two have touched since V.O.D.'s self-titled debut, so look into that shit if you were once a fan. Tim Williams is a fucking scorching vocalist and the Bloodsimple disc certainly continues to nail that point home. You can also score this Vision of Disorder CD for a pretty good price: