v/a "Inside Front: The Compact Disc." compilation CDPosted on Friday, November 7th, 2008 @ 12:00am » permalink
I've been pulling out tons of old 90's hardcore compilations in the last few months, and I finally got around to this one earlier in the week. This awesome international collection came with issue #8 of the once mighty Inside Front magazine back in 1996, and also includes some of the tracks from the "Point Counterpoint" and "No Exit" compilations that previously came with issues #6 and #4, respectively. Opening with two One Life Crew (OH) jams that were later re-recorded for "American Justice" (say what you will about their retarded politics, but they were a great fucking hardcore band), followed by the always sick Blood Runs Black (NY) with "No Return", from the all-too-rare "Cast Into Eternity Within Duration of a Moment", there's just a shitload of killer material to be found here: 20 tracks and 66 minutes in all.
For example, you'll also get "As Life Takes the Knife to its Heart", the opening track from the alfuckingmighty Lash Out's (Norway) "What Absence Yields" full-length – an obvious standout here, as they're simply one of the greatest bands in the history of existence, and probably the single most underrated band from the 90's hardcore scene. Period. If you can't hang with Lash Out, I seriously fucking hate you. (Sorry.) Then there's Brother's Keeper (PA) with an alternate recording of "The Gift (As the Colors Fade)", which was redone for "The Continuum"; "Self Assured", a completely badass track from Backlash (Straight outta NJ, where else?) that has me kicking myself in the fucking teeth for having never searched out more from this band; one of the better recorded offerings amongst what I remember of Timescape Zero's (FL) brand of crunchy metallic hardcore; "Tribe of Man" from the always superb Atlas Shrugged (NY); and two tracks from Abhinanda (Sweden) that were re-recorded for the "Senseless" album. Not to mention solid offerings of the more metal-based variety from a few bands that I'm still not terribly familiar with, like Aftershock (MA), Quarantine (CA), and Refuge (CA); plus respectable cuts from Spirit (NJ), Trial (WA), Tension (FL), and Line Drive (GA). It all closes out with the 12+ minute "Chamber of the Centipede", an exclusive composition from Dwid's old noise project Psywarfare (OH). Good stuff.
Hell, literally the only shitty track in the bunch is from Otis Reem (NC), which starts out decent enough but quickly deteriorates into an unfortunate blend of metalcore and… ska!? Ouch. But hey, had they tossed the horns and the bullshit ska breaks that one would've been solid, too. What can you do?
So, without further ado:
And as a surprise bonus, I just so happened to find this link to download the entire issue of the magazine as well (thanks to the Punks is Hippies blog), which includes interviews with Gehenna and 25 ta Life, plus loads of other stuff: