ASSHOLEPARADE: Live in Rostock: 10”

May 05, 2011

I’ve always doubted the legitimacy of live releases because it feels like an excuse to release a record to make money when the band is too lazy to just write material. Also, most live records just aren’t very good. I was delightfully surprised when I put the needle down on this one to hear a high quality live set that flows well and is decently recorded. Most of these songs have been released on other records (maybe all of them?), and the band also throws on a Citizen’s Arrest and an Infest cover. To Live A Lie specialize in that “cult grind” niche, and this record is definitely a cult record. A good bit of their material is still available from No Idea, so while the quality and range of material on this record makes for a good introduction to the band, I think majority of the people who will go out of their way to track this record down are people already familiar with Assholeparade’s gritty, angry brand of hardcore, and I don’t think any of them will feel let down. –Ian Wise

 –Ian Wise (To Live A Lie)