HOSTAGES OF AYATOLLAH: AntHOAlogy: CD

A very nicely packaged anthology of tracks from one of the best American hardcore-inspired German bands of the ‘80s. They knew how to thrash things up with the best of ‘em, but they weren’t afraid in the least to make things catchy and tuneful at the same time, though the singer occasionally sounds like Snake from Voivod during that band’s War and Pain era. Included is a fairly packed booklet with lotsa info on the band (though yer gonna need to be pretty fluent in German ‘cause that’s mostly what it’s written in) and a DVD with live footage and some videos for songs that were originally filmed to be part of a German punk film that was never released. Definitely worth hunting down.

 –jimmy (x-mist.de)