I’m working my way backwards through albums I missed along the way. This one was overlooked among the Fs in my vinyl collection.
I did enjoy their brutal take on rock whenever I encountered a clip of theirs on Rage or SBS, but at no point did I think ‘I need to pick me up one of the low-priced CDs’.
But, I did somehow end up buying this LP bundled with a doco of the band (on VHS no less – a rare pairing of defunct formats) at a Shock Records sale.
I did what the video at least once, and recall it as earnest, grainy but enlightening. These guys clearly had/have a passion for playing loud and fast (and for scolding sweaty mosh pit aggressors).
This record is (not surprisingly) mainly vocal-less renditions and demos of what I guess might be their ‘hit’ tunes. It does reveal them to be highly competent at laying down some belting rhythms and nice licks. It is quite a groove they get up and this does work as great reading/office music (something I doubt they were aiming for). The vocal tracks tend towards the novelty and are less endearing.
I like this enough to think I should venture into their broader catalogue.
File under: More pleasure than torture