Détente "Recognize No Authority" CDPosted on Thursday, January 18th, 2007 @ 8:47am » permalink
It should be common fact by now that I'm an immense fan of reissues in general, but especially thrash reissues, so I was psyched as shit to see "Recognize No Authority" – the sole 1986 full-length from Los Angeles' Détente – recently get the remastered reissue treatment from seemingly out of nowhere. The band is possibly most known at this point for having been the early stomping ground of future nu-metal producer Ross Robinson (who played guitar, and whose involvement with this gem makes it almost forgivable that he produced early efforts from both Korn and Limp Bizkit – ouch), if not for the presence of one of the fiercest female metal vocalists of all time in Dawn Crosby (later going on to Fear of God), who sadly passed away from liver failure over a decade ago (R.I.P.). But this record damn sure stands the test of time as a killer slab of textbook mid-80's thrash, with plenty of meaty riffs and blazing solos that retain a good deal of traditional heavy metal energy and force – while Crosby's absolutely ripping vocals really help to define the band's identity. The overall vibe was pretty straightforward and typical of the era, but the songwriting was an above average blend of memorable hooks and sheer aggression that remains a keeper. As one would expect the sound still has that dated rawness to it, which is something that I find to be an admirable quality of all the classic thrash from during the 80's heyday. I never had an original pressing of the record so I can't really draw any comparisons between the two, but I'm definitely digging the punch of the basslines here, so I don't have any complaints there. They included all of the lyrics and some old photos as well, so there's nothing much more you could ask for, really. Except, well, okay… since the album's only 35 minutes it would've been amazing had they been able to tack on some obscure material from the band's demos, but seriously, fuck it… this shit rips, and I'm super appreciative that the time has been taken to preserve the release for a new generation. Kudos!
This fuckin' album has been hard as hell to find – especially on CD – for far too long now, so having been trying to track down a CD copy myself for several years now, it's great to be finally be able to score the goods – and for a reasonable price, no less! So don't fuck around, support the release with a purchase: