MISERY: Next Time/Who’s the Fool…: CD

I have to admit that I didn’t have my hand in the cookie jar as much as I should have during the early to mid ‘90s. I have seen items from this band in the past but I tend to shy away from a lot of bands by the number of patches I see on the kids. So, I do not own a single item from this now legendary band until now. On the record label’s website I noticed that this band can be described as “forefathers of crust,” which baffles me. I thought the Amebix were one of the forefathers of the genre. That was like ten years prior. So in my opinion, the statement should have read “the forefathers of the second wave of crust.” I don’t want to sound like the bitter old guy because I really do like this. The sound is bottom-heavy, dirty, and metallic-tinged. It has many of the key ingredients that make my ears tingle: throat-shredding vocals of obvious disdain for injustices and topics of question of the time period. Many bands have come afterwards in this genre and have not quite pulled it off as well as this band. So chalk one up to a band that I would have continued to overlook if this CD had not come my way.

 –don (Profane Existence)