30 Years Ago: S.O.B. release Leave Me Alone EP (Sabotage Organised Barbarian)

Nine songs, nine minutes. Killer blast of Japanese hardcore!! Or thrashcore, crossover… S.O.B. released Leave Me Alone on this day in 1986.

Early D.R.I. is a fair comparison for the aggression and energy. They had some influence on the death metal scene too and released a split with NAPALM DEATH in 1989. The metal influences were then increasingly incorporated into their own sound, by the early 90’s (like the Gates of Doom LP) their sound was solid death/thrash metal.


33 Years Ago: D.R.I. record the Violent Pacification EP

Recorded about a year after the classic 22-track Dirty Rotten EPViolent Pacification includes some greats like “Couch Slouch” and “To Open Closed Doors”. Still very much ‘punk-era’ D.R.I. – a year before Dealing with It!, three before Crossover.

33 Years Ago: ONSLAUGHT release What Lies Ahead demo (Protest… but who said you’ll survive?)

No idea how valid this is, but at least one source gives today as the date this demo was “released” in 1983. Sold by the band through zines, tape trading etc. Known as What Lies Ahead, the demo was a collection of rehearsals and live recordings.
Anyway, a chance to remember the punk roots of ONSLAUGHT – DISCHARGE, GBH, EXPLOITED all clear comparisons.
Despite the image and lyrical changes on the first album Power From Hell, ONSLAUGHT continued the sound you hear on this demo. Getting faster and heavier in the way bands like BROKEN BONES were around the same time.
Early ONSLAUGHT is killer, and they continued to kill as they became the black thrash cult heard on The Force with new vocalist Sy Keeler. Throughout that period Nige Rockett on guitar and Steve Grice on drums.

31 Years Ago: CORROSION OF CONFORMITY release Animosity

Well look, I can’t even do a drum solo…Woody can’t play “Eruption”. I consider us more a hardcore band than anything else, lyrically and musically I think… Lyrically, definitely. I don’t think we have anything in common at all to do with heavy metal lyrics. We’re influenced I guess by Black Sabbath, Black Flag and Bad Brains.
– Reed Mullin / Corrosion of Conformity interview, One Step Forward zine 1985

COC released their second album, this time through Metal Blade, on this day in 1985.

30 Years Ago: STRAW DOGS release We Are Not Amused (The F.U.’s)

Punk / Heavy / Thrash from Boston. We are Not Amused was released this month in 1986. STRAW DOGS were really THE F.U.’s (who appeared on the definitive This is Boston, Not L.A. compilation in 1982) with a new name after the music moved away from punk towards metal. The DOGS released a second and final album in 1990. In recent years members have reformed THE F.U.’s and are currently playing live.

The lineup was not just THE F.U.’s, Chris (Bones) Jones joined on drums:

As usual, Fate has the last cruel laugh on us…
On May 1, 1986, shortly after the basic tracks for this album were recorded and its cover art commissioned, Chris Jones, aka Bones, our indestructable 17 year old drummer, had a sudden meeting with the Grim Reaper. His immense talent had been obvious to us and to everyone that knew him, we present the proof here in these grooves for all the world to hear. It is to his memory that we fondly dedicate this album.
See ya later, Bones

30 Years Ago: DR. KNOW release This Island Earth (In my dreams, nightmares are the truth)

Released by Death Records (Metal Blade) this month in 1986, the killer debut DR. KNOW LP – This Island Earth!
Metal / hardcore crossover from Oxnard, CA. (nardcore) following on from their great EPs Plug-In Jesus and Burn.

Huge fucking Sabbath fan, big Black Flag fan, just love that shit. Love fucking D.O.A., they’re are some great Punk bands and Metal bands BUT, there are also a lot of shitty ones of each genres too. I won’t name names but there are talented fuckers out there. When Punk and Metal fucks started slamming together-it was just bitchin’. At the time there was that division-“Oh you got long hair, you can’t play Punk!” It’s all just heavy shit you know?? We can all thank Tony Iommi for it all really.

Vol. 4 was the one that changed my life and fucked me up real good ahahah – still never been able to get Iommi’s guitars sound ahahha but fuck it haaahah that from a record stand point- and then from a live stand point the first time I saw Black Flag at the fucking Starwood, ABSOLUTELY changed my shit. I mean I’ve seen Pink Floyd at Anaheim Stadium and shit like that. Up until I saw Flag, THEN I was blown away. I got hit by a HAMMER, realized shit, I can do this! They’re kids like me, not Gods.
– Kyle Toucher, OneThirtyEight.org (2014)

30 Years Ago: CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER live in a Bel Air backyard

UPDATE: The band have corrected me:

Actually this party was after “Convicted” was released. We played so we could get some money to get up north to play 2 shows.Just FYI. (link)

This gig date is correct but my “days before the release…” stuff below is not! Thanks to CS!

Days before their debut LP was released CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER play at a friend’s birthday in Bel Air (the band were from neighbouring Santa Monica).

A lot of people thank that “Convicted” is about not fitting in, as far as punks not fitting into society, and not being normal. Well, it’s not. It’s about a guy who gets out of prison and, you know, society is pretty down on ex-cons. They don’t give them a fair chance. That’s what it is about. I know a few people that get out of jail, and they can’t get any kind of job. As soon as they find out that he is an ex-con, it’s just shit. It’s pretty much a friend of mine that went through that, and blew his head off. He killed himself.
– Bill Crooks, Phoenix Militia zine #7, 1987