RATOS DE PORAO: Sistemados Pelo Crucifa: CD

Looking for something worthwhile on which to blow all that lunch money you’ve been saving? Here’s something new from one of South America’s all-time greatest punk bands, and it’s worth every penny you pay for it. This, kiddies, is a complete re-recording of this long-lived (they’re still active) group’s first album, the original version of which was released in 1983 and was allegedly the first hardcore album from South America. You get 17 tracks of absolutely punishing, no frills hardcore and, if that wasn’t enough torture for you eardrums, the “secret” track is the original recording of the album in its entirety, which, in my humble opinion is even more brutal than the new recordings. This is mandatory listening, my little spiky-headed malcontents, and you will be tested later.

 –jimmy (Alternative Tentacles, PO Box 419092, San Francisco, CA 94141-9092)