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Seven songs…

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2008 @ 12:00am » permalink

Seven songs...

So, I was "tagged" by Cosmo at the always interesting (and unpredictable) Invisible Oranges to do this "meme" thing:

List seven songs you're into right now. No matter what genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good. But they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs, then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

My list will most certainly not be as diverse as the one he posted, and really won't be any different from the usual fare around here, but… it should be fun, and some of these songs/bands deserve the plug anyway! I'm not "tagging" anyone, though. I just don't have it in me, ha…

Oh, and I despise the word "meme"!


1. Lash Out "Evening Shade"
(from the "Worn Path" 12"/CD, 1994)
Utterly fucking destructive track from one of the greatest bands ever to walk the planet, and easily the most unsung metallic hardcore band of the 90's, without question. Go to Google right now and look these guys up and you'll barely find shit of any substance beyond their MySpace page and maybe four blog posts. Disgusting. This band was so fucking good it's ridiculous. I was gonna reissue all this shit myself but I ran into some heavy personal problems (life ain't a treat sometimes) and had to kill it at the last minute. I think another label's gonna pick up the pieces (I hope), so damn sure keep an eye out for that. There are just so many worship-worthy songs in the Lash Out discography, but this tune in particular is right up their with Integrity's finest in terms of the degree to which it makes me want to destroy all living things (and I mean that in a good way, of course). Absolutely amazing.

2. Underdog "Never Too Late"
(from the "Demos" CD, 1993)
I revisited "Vanishing Point" a couple months ago and still don't "get it", but the Underdog demos are total fuckin' gold. "Frontside Grind" is always the first track that comes to mind, but damn, this song's just stupid catchy. It's barely over a minute long, so I guess "stupid catchy" is all I've got here.

3. Elements DEC "The Game Ain't the Same"
(from the "Win or Lose" demo, 1996)
I've been rockin' the two demos from these painfully, painfully, painfully overlooked New Jersey cats a whole hell of a lot lately (again). It seriously causes me physical pain to ponder the fact that material this fucking good never gets released, and that bands this amazing can just fizzle away in a flash. I mean, how did E.Town Concrete do so well and Elements DEC just disappear!? Insane! It's entirely possible that very few people outside of New Jersey would've ever heard these tracks were it not for my website, and that's just wrong on so many levels. Criminal.

4. Christie Front Drive "Pipe"
(from the "Anthology" CD, 1995)
As I often do, like an idiot, I sold this CD way back when (don't ask me why, 'cause I have no fuckin' clue), and then finally revisited the band a few weekends ago when I randomly went on an obscure 90's emo kick. I ended up re-buying all their tracks off eMusic, and this collection disc remains their finest effort, in my opinion. I thought two-minute long instrumental intros were exclusive to late-80's/early-90's thrash metal, but apparently the tactic is equally effective for relatively laidback midwest emo, as it's quite obvious that this song is gonna rule right from the start.

5. Ire "Percept"
(from the "I Discern an Overtone of Tragedy in Your Voice…" CD, 1998)
By far the best song this band ever recorded. It just destroys everything else Ire ever did, I don't care what anyone says. I saw these guys play in someone's basement with Cave In back in the day and bought this disc afterwards largely due to this track, which totally killed it live as well. It still randomly pops into my head now and then, which is rare for a song like this that's not exactly "catchy" in any way. The break about three-and-a-half minutes in where it drops out to clean guitars and really accentuates the insanity of the vocals is just mindbendingly twisted (yes, once more in a good way).

6. (216) "Hands Bound"
(from the "s/t" CD, 1998)
For some bizarre reason (216) never really seemed to get their due outside the Mushroomhead crowd, despite the Integrity and In Cold Blood connections. I guess because this disc was never exactly easy to get your hands on, but… whatever the case: Great band, great album, awesome song. Fuckin' amazing chorus, too. A damn shame these guys never did another record.

7. Eidolon "Cranes"
(from the "Sanctuary" CD, 1992)
I never really knew anything about this band whatsoever, but I bought this CD blindly a long, long time ago just because it was on Jade Tree, and "Cranes", the opening track, kicked my ass all over the place immediately. The rest of the album isn't spectacular, but it does have its moments. Easily worth the price for this masterpiece alone, though. Super, super moving emo fused with what ended up being tagged "post-hardcore", not to mention some of the noisy, droning guitars that ended up being tagged "post-rock"… so, yeah, pretty ahead of its time, really. This song still kills me to this day.

(And for the record, I absolutely would've listed "Lycanthrope" by +44 above, as I've played it a ton lately, but I'm too wary of posting still-in-print major label tracks. I almost posted Harold Faltermeyer's "Fletch Theme", too. Classic.)


  1. Anonymous says:

    Great 7.
    In my opinion Lash Out is one of the best bands ever from Europe and probably the most underrated band ever.

    I would really like to hear the two Elements DEC demos.
    Could you post a download link, please!!?

    Thanks a lot!

  2. IRE!! says:

    Ire were fucking great!

    where are they now… did they do more than that one song with arabic?


    I only ever had Ire's "I Discern an Overtone of Tragedy in Your Voice…", but they did release another CD called "What Seed, What Root?" Not sure why I never grabbed that one. They might have had another EP or so as well!?


    I also just have to say that I'm consistently amazed by the unpredictable nature of what gets comments and what doesn't. I thought for sure this post was gonna get a shitload of comments but it's like god damn crickets chirping in here. 16 comments to date on little-known Parlamentarisk Sodomi, several of which were logged between the time I posted that shit and the time I got to work in the morning a few hours later, and yet this post of completely badass tracks is a total dead zone so far? On a Friday?

    What the fuck!?

    And anonymous, shoot me an email if you can. I'll get you those Elements DEC tracks.

  5. Ben says:

    Andrew, I can only say about this that thanks to you a lot of people WAY outside of NJ listen to those ELEMENTS DEC demos on a regular base as well. They are definitely underappreciated by too many people. Keep spreading good music man!

  6. L.Ron says:

    the members of 216 are too busy to do it again. Jason Popson has Pitch Black Forecast though and it has Gene Hoglan drumming. a bit boring though. i think 216 has some legal restraints that dont allow them to do much also…..

  7. Anonymous says:

    ire have another full length called adversity into triumph. imo their best work. should definitely grab that

  8. Adam G says:

    It is funny how Underdog's Vanishing Point ended up way inferior to the Demos album. I think Demos has some great tracks that weren't redone on the album?

    And talking of two-minute midwest emo intros (Christie Front Drive) how about track 2 on that Elliott album "US Songs". That was always a favourite instrumental ditty of mine. Though I may have my American geography wrong re the mid-West connection!?

  9. Carlos says:

    I have only "What seed, what root" from Ire. I never listen them as much as did their "next" band The Black Hand. War Monger is fucking great album, like hardcore Motorhead.

    I have to check some of the rest bands which songs are posted.

  10. blend77 says:

    nice list, though I gotta say, that I wasnt sure about Vanishing Point either, but I think its a grand thing right now… Back To Back and Mass Movement are awesome songs. Never Too Late is too, but I know that is on the Demos album. One thing that makes the Demos album nice is that its where they garner their comparisons to Bad Brains a bit more. I dont see it much on Vanishing Point, except for the half minute of reggae.

    Ire was great too…. I have to say, I have never listened to Lash Out… Totally familiar with the name, but never heard any… "The Best"? Well, shit, then I need to grab that track and begin my lessons today.

  11. Todd says:

    Ire was CRIMINALLY underrated. And I saw them on that same Ire/Cave-In tour. I think my friends and I went to check out Cave-In and left saying "Cave-who?" Ire was SOOO fucking good live. They're one of those bands you just can't capture on CD.

  12. Tom_dk says:

    Obviously no European band will ever be better than Refused, but Lash Out were definitely an amazing band. I saw them live a few times, even booked them once. While they were really good live as well, again, Refused is the best European band ever.

    I always liked the Demo's way more than Vanishing point, but it definitely has its moments. Generally the songs that appear on both, are better on the Demo's, but There are some killer songs on Vanishing point that aren't on the Demo's.

  13. Anonymous says:

    "Obviously no European band will ever be better than Refused" , is this a joke

  14. Tom_dk says:

    Is that a question? If so, you're missing a "?" :)

  15. Anonymous says:

    youre a clever one.

  16. AVERSIONLINE says:

    Why the fuck is barely anyone commenting on anything other than Ire? I'm just utterly shocked here.

    Note to self: Never post a bunch of songs by different bands all in the same post again. Ever.

  17. svein says:

    Some dude said Refused were the greatest ever European band? I hope the crickets picked up on the obvious cue.

    I can't believe people aren't commenting more on the absolute concrete fucking dominance of that Lash out track. It's not even close to my favorite from that band, but still we're talking double grade A shit. Each one of the guys sound like they're seriously down to their final Mario on this one, it turns down the CMY and boosts the shit out of the K worldwide even at a moderate volume on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

    SUCKS to hear about the crashing and burning of the reissuing thing, that's a real bummer. Let's hope it whoever picks it up gets it right (and includes the entirety of The unloved and hated for the love of God.)

  18. chris says:

    thanks to you a lot of people WAY outside of NJ listen to those ELEMENTS DEC demos

    add to that list a dude all the way from fucking croatia.

  19. AVERSIONLINE says:

    Svein, as always your brilliance kills me! The "down to their final Mario" remark practically had me falling to my knees in laughter. Absolutely classic. And so, so true!

  20. mark p. says:

    The demos are definitely way way better, and I hated Vanishing Point at first, but it eventually grew on me and I fucking love the hell out of it now. Like the Supertouch LP, it's one of those records that you either feel or you don't.

    As for Lash Out… I gotta say that it always confuses me when you get REALLY excited over some also-ran '90s metalcore that, to me, just sounds really boring and dated. Opinions are opinions of course, but comparing that song to the best work by Integrity is just absolutely insane to me..

    Man, I was actually just thinking about how I wanted to hear those Elements DEC tracks you posted on this site way way back in the day, and I couldn't find mp3s ANYWHERE, or even any information about the band, so MAD props for posting that shit again.

  21. AVERSIONLINE says:

    Opinions really are opinions, ha, because it's absolutely incomprehensible to me that anyone could listen to that song and refer to Lash Out as "also-ran '90s metalcore". There is absolutely NOTHING second-rate about Lash Out in any way. I was not at all trying to compare their sound to Integrity, but the FEELING that their work inspires is right the fuck up there with Integrity in my book. Lash Out still absolutely decimates 99% of the bands from the 90's, who were obviously superior to the bands of today as it is. They're right at the top of the heap with Integrity, Starkweather, etc. Musically intricate, crazy powerful songwriting… just incredible. Period.

  22. marcus garvey says:

    man, please consider posting Harold Faltermeyer's "Fletch Theme" some time in the future. you know you want to. that shit rules. its all ball bearings nowadays.

  23. Marius says:

    WOW. thanks a lot for bringing up lashout. havent heard that tune for ages cause i lend away my copy of worn path ages ago never to be returned. had forgotten how angry these guys sound. remember the releasetour for the ep as well. awsome show.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Cheers! Thanks for pointing out Lash Out!

  25. Ansgarius says:

    Anywhere I could download Lash Out's Worn Path??

  26. David Lynch brand coffee says:

    BLASTING "Evening shade" into the ear just now, I figured I'd mention it. Still one of the ragingest, destroyingest songs of all time, from the absolute and total bottom of the barrel. Might not reach up to the "Over the edge" version of "Long"/"Caress of solitude," but what does? This band had something going for them that was rare at the time and practically nonexistent today.

    I really fucking hope their discog CD comes through along with their proposed release party gigs.

    Also: I went to H&M and saw a shirt with a giant eye on it and it said "LASH OUT." No joke.

  27. Carlos says:

    Ohhh yeah, now I understand what you've meant for Underdog Frontside Grind – stupid catchy. I love this band! :D

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