NAUSEA: The Punk Terrorist Anthology Vol. 1: CD

I really don’t remember too much about this band. I know there were two bands with the name Nausea around the same period of the late ‘80s to early ‘90s. This was the East Coast band that had more notoriety and the other was based around Los Angeles. I know I have the Lie Cycle 7” but it has to be over ten years since I listened to that. I guess it didn’t grab me on the first listen and got filed away. But after all this time, this does sound good to me: early crust that is heavily influenced by the Amebix. It’s uncanny how much they sound like the Amebix on many of the songs. The additional female singer does change things up. Musically, they are interesting and shows that you can have musical abilities and still play punk. The songs are dark and ominous yet delivered with a precise dirge. The guitars are the centerpiece of the audio image. The drums slap back and forth with a rhythmic, driving force while the bass holds together the mood. No wonder I see so many patches of this band all around. I guess I just wasn’t attentive enough to get it the first time.

 –don (Alternative Tentacles)