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Siege - Drop Dead LP

Siege - Drop Dead LP

  • SIEGE (Massachusetts, USA) - Drop Dead (1984) (sealed LP copy; 2015 Deep Six Records Re-issue) is the birth and death of Hardcore Punk on one record. In these 17 minutes they birthed something utterly ridiculous, fresh and groundbreaking with the aural assaults of "Starvation" and "Walls". They helped shape and heavily influence the sub-genre known as Powerviolence. This re-release of 1984 Noise/Hardcore is admirable for its progressiveness in being extreme crossover even before Cryptic Slaughter fully had a handle on things, but at the end of the day, the whole affair reeks of, well, noise. Isn’'t it beautiful? Guttural grunting is barely audible let alone decipherable; the tin-can production values relegate anything on a sub-sonic level into mush and the hyperactivity of the blast beats feels off-time and just short of cacophony. Were it not for the bald pate on the singer and overall denim and dime store appearance of the band, this would be Norwegian Black Metal years before the whole Mayhem disaster. It'’s amusing to think that modern Hardcore such as Tragedy, are a step back from a no-holds-barred barrage like this. But if "Drop Dead" didn'’t have the aura of being recorded in a cold cellar by a bunch of miscreants with no future, it wouldn’'t have such deliciously evil/naughty/underground grit. Fucking brilliant.  Deep Six Records ‎– #55 **originally published on**


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