FACE VALUE: Rode Hard, Put Away Wet: Clevo HC ‘89-’93: CD + DVD

This is definitely one of the best discography releases I’ve seen: a full CD of material, including the first demo, and a DVD of live footage, photos, flyers, etc. If you are at all into Face Value, then you should by all means pick this up. When most bands of the time Face Value existed in were mimicking other hardcore bands, Face Value looked to rock bands for musical inspiration, much like the first wave hardcore bands before them had done. Check the solo on “You Claim” or the song “Blind Men.” The music is definitely hardcore and is energetic as hell: fast without being a blur and the vocals are bellowed out with conviction. Their best material is The Price of Maturity LP, though I imagine most will like their Coming of Age EP, since it sticks to the late ‘80s hardcore sound the most. You would have never expected Erba to go on and form a band like Gordon Solie Motherfuckers a few years later, though they are similar in sound. I guess my point is, most people from the late ‘80s, early ‘90s hardcore scene faded away and this dude kept coming back, better and better. The DVD has video from various shows around the Midwest and the East Coast. Sound quality is decent and it’s an interesting document of the times. Seriously, if you like Face Value, or even Gordon Solie Motherfuckers, 9 Shocks Terror, etc, then get this.

 –M.Avrg (Smog Veil, smogveil.com)