INTEGRITY: Kingdom of Heaven: 7″

The three songs on this 7” are reissues from two separate releases dating back to 1992. Integrity weren’t the hype machine they are now, but they were a band that took chances and pushed the limits of what could be considered “hardcore” at the time (and eventually reshaped the definition for a lot of people). It’s easy to see the influence they had on hundreds of bands that followed, but what I like most is that if you listen to these songs out of context of the band’s later significance, they are still just really great songs. The down tuned, out of step guitar riffs are sick and evil, and the vocals are unique even though they’ve been copied a million times over. It’s cool to have these three songs on this format rather than buried in the deep cuts on some retrospective CD.

 –Ian Wise (A389)