REALITY CRISIS: Not Bound by the Past, We Live in the Present: LP

Mar 07, 2013

Must admit, I haven’t really kept up on this band. I saw them live when they first came over in 2004 or 2005, and their live show was pretty good, but their first LP was “meh” and I soon got rid of it. Then I picked up a 7” EP of theirs a little bit later. It was a little better, but nothing I would go back to for more listens. Then this arrives in my review cubby hole. What’s on here are re-recordings with the current line up of old tracks from various out-of-print EPs and compilations. They’ve definitely improved over the years. The recording captures a more energetic and tighter band that is out to make a sonic statement. There’s more urgency in the music than before. Each song explodes from the speakers and races at a manic pace to the very end, only to start up again with the thunder crack of the next song. Diehard fans will grab this, and for fence sitters, this is a pretty good place to get acquainted. Pressed on green vinyl, if you’re keeping score. “Stay free!”

 –M.Avrg (Prank,