CONCRETE SOX: Your Turn, Next and Whoops Sorry Vicar: CD

Concrete Sox was one of the early bands to adopt the “crossover” sound and run with it, embracing the metal influence of bands like Slayer, Metallica, Exodus and so on while retaining the political lyrical bent popular with contemporary U.K. anarcho-punk-influenced bands, and in turn going on to influence a number of other bands. The band, along with Boss Tuneage, have reissued their first two albums (not counting their split with Heresy) with some added live and demo tracks dating roughly around the same time as the albums were originally released. Both sound very much of their time, though the production quality will likely be considered a wee bit raw by today’s standards. As far as crossover goes, they were one of the better of the lot, keeping both the wanking and the song-lengths in check. If you’re a fan of the genre and have yet to hear anything by ‘em, consider these your entry point.

 –jimmy (Boss Tuneage)