Disrupt "Unrest" and "The Rest"…Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2007 @ 9:14am » permalink
Here Relapse Records begins their revisitation of the back catalog from legendary Boston act Disrupt, who helped lay the foundations for legions of bands to follow with their brand of grinding hardcore/crust. Recorded in 1992 and remastered in 2006, this disc contains the 20 tracks from their sole full-length, the now classic "Unrest", plus 10 tracks from the "Deprived" 7" (which also appeared on the original CD pressing of "Unrest" and were recorded during the same sessions as the LP) – both of which were originally released by Relapse in 1994. And man, does this shit ever represent so much of what eventually became the textbook sound of the genre: A dual vocal attack of low, burly growls and sneering upper-midrange screams (sporadically joined by a third, female vocalist for added variety); thick, raging power chord rhythms that run all over the place from hardcore/punk to thrash to grind – not to mention from absolutely ripping, blasting speeds to slower, dingier plods; throbbing distorted basslines… right down to the occasional intro samples and extreme visuals that tie in with the intense socio-political lyrical attacks on racism, sexism, vivisection, religion, war, domestic abuse, corruption, etc. While there are hints of diversity here and there, there's admittedly not exactly a ton of variety to be found here, but that's not the point anyway. They knew exactly what the fuck they were doing, they did it right, and it sounds fucking great to this day. The material's got an ace remastering job and easily stands the test of time, so you'd be hard-pressed to find many contemporary albums that sounds this good – which certainly speaks volumes of this material given its age. Sadly there are no liner notes included (Perhaps they were reserved for the "Disruptdead" box set edition?), but you do get all of the lyrics as well as full-page spreads of the records' original cover art, so… that'll do! Great shit… no doubt.
Absolutely make the grab if you missed out on these cats more than a decade ago. As many bands who've borrowed from this style over the years, here's about an hour's worth of such executed to perfection, damn near as fine as it'll ever be: