DRESDEN 45: Paradise Lost (Expanded): CD

This band passed under the radar for me during the late ‘80s. It was a weird period for me in regards to punk. My alcohol intake was at an all-time high and I had stopped reading zines. I bought punk records randomly and at a high risk of buying something bad. I didn’t know who was important or not, but I was not completely out. The first thought I had when I saw this CD in the review bin? “German.” Wrong. I look on the back and see that this band was from Texas. What the heck, I’ll bring it home and check it out. What’s it going to hurt? The first thought I have when the CD starts is that these guys sound Nardcore meets East Coast hardcore. A mix between Ill Repute and RKL infused with the Crumbsuckers and Ludichrist. You can hear the crossover sound laced all over the songs, which was rampant at the time. Double bass drums and the guitar solos. As they progressed, the rock/metal element took hold more. There is even a song with some rap. This is exemplifies my memory of what punk became late in that decade. Sort of a confused patchwork of influences. I’m not trying to dismiss this at all, because I truly am enjoying listening to this. My band at the time went through the same progression and never really has focused on one sound. This hits close to home. I believe this a discography of sorts. It’s kind of cool that it gives me a second chance to hear a band I have never heard. 

 –don (Arclight)