90's hardcore compilation bands I'd like to know more about: Vol. 2Posted on Friday, August 7th, 2009 @ 6:43am » permalink
I'm starting this one off with Cleveland's own Bluto's Revenge, a band that I now know a little about thanks to Google, and though they're more of a punk rock band, I'm including 'em anyway in case anyone reading this has recommendations for me. These cats formed way back in fuckin' 1989 and are apparently still active, which blows my mind. This song is from the mighty "Dark Empire Strikes Back: Cleveland Compilation", and I'm shocked that after years and years of loving that comp, it wasn't until recently that I realized how utterly incredible this song is. From what I can tell it comes from their second full-length, "King of the Popes", released in 1994 (the same year as the compilation), but I can't really tell from the songs on the band's MySpace page what I make of their other material. That being said, this song is so god damn catchy I'm certain the band is worth further investigation, but… I'm wondering if anyone out there more familiar with their back catalog might recommend where best to begin?
Yet another in the long line of these fuckin' bands whose names render Google completely useless, Cross-Section appeared on the "Over the Edge Compilation Vol. II" in 1996 with one of those great tracks that has an undeniably 90's way of fusing crunchy metallic hardcore with discordant melodies in a weirdly "emo" kind of manner – which this band takes a little further by utilizing some impressive female backup singing. I'm not sure if that aspect of their approach is limited to this track or not, 'cause this is the only song I've heard from 'em, but I'd love to hear more.
Also from 1996 is District Five's appearance on "The World is Yours" compilation. Admittedly this isn't an entirely outstanding song, it reminds me a shitload of Downset (which isn't necessarily a good thing) with its hip-hop influenced vocal patterns and blatantly groove-laden rhythms, but despite some rough spots it's a solidly delivered track. So, as someone who's always had an enormous soft spot for bands like E.Town Concrete, of course I find this tune to be promising, and would be curious to hear more if the band ever did anything else.
As always, if anyone has any information on these bands, please post a comment or send me an email. Thanks!