HEIMATLOS: La Seconde Nécessaire 1982-1988: CD

A “complete recordings” collection courtesy of a band purported to be France’s first true “hardcore” band. Compiled here are ninety tracks from assorted releases, demos, live cuts, and even a version of one of their songs performed by another band. Musically, much of this pretty smokin’, with a nice BGK burn to much of the proceedings, and maybe a dash of Dead Kennedys, Mob 47 and others thrown in for color here and there. The lyrics are sung in French, German, Spanish, Finnish, Swedish and English, which has to be some kind of record. Having heard nary a note from them prior, I’m must say I’m mightily impressed.

 –jimmy (Ratbone)