MAXIMUM PENALTY: Demo ‘89 & East Side Story EP: CD

A pretty decent re-release of this late ‘80s-eary ‘90s New York hardcore band. I’d never listened to these guys before and although it’s not bad by any stretch, it’s not grabbing me either. I think that hardcore in general in the era was suffering an overload of cheesy metal influence and Maximum Penalty doesn’t escape without its share of reverb and overdubs. I’m sure this is an important release to some, but it’s not quite doing it for me.

 –ty (I Scream)