HOLIER THAN THOU?: You Can’t Have Slaughter without Laughter: 12” EP

May 20, 2014

At long fucking last, the final recordings by crossover thrash revivalists Holier Than Thou? have seen the light of day and it only took eight years. How things have changed since the early / mid 2000s: some of HTT?’s peers have found unexpected success and the white high-top Reeboks that come with it. A few of their friends have sadly passed on (Jason and Bomer from RKL, Derrick from Lagwagon, among others whom this record is dedicated to). All that heartbreak and confusion, however, resulted in a cathartic display of open-book-emotions to a soundtrack of their patented crossover hardcore punk onslaught which could have only resulted from a faithful and steady diet of RKL, Ill Repute, Stalag 13, and Technocracy-era Corrosion Of Conformity. Sadly, these eight songs serve as merely an afterthought since a good deal of the former band members have either given up music altogether or are involved in completely unrelated projects. It really is a pity that HTT? never got their due—but with any luck—this record will ignite renewed interest in the band who, in my humble opinion, not only kick-started the crossover-thrash renaissance (I highly recommend tracking down a copy of their first full-length The Hating of the Guts) but also set the standard which has since only been met but not surpassed. 

 –Juan Espinosa (Six Weeks, sixweeksrecords.com)