In a weird way, on a very small scale, Nardcore is coming back. A couple of weeks ago, I went to see the old Nardcore greats Ill Repute haul their old bones out to rip through one of the best live sets I’ve seen in a while. It was way more than I expected. They tore through a bunch of songs from their What Happens Next EP and basically made me feel like 1984 wasn’t such a bad year. And now, on top of that, Dr. Strange has re-released Ill Repute’s Nardcore counterparts, Stalag 13’s 1984 album In Control. They’ve even included four bonus tracks on it. To be honest, I never heard much about Stalag 13 or In Control, but coming across this re-release, I’ve found a lost gem from a time period and style of music that I love. Musically, Stalag 13 fit nicely in between Ill Repute, Agression, Youth Brigade, and, well, most of the bands on that Somebody Got Their Head Kicked In comp. It’s not totally original now, mostly because so many bands have been influenced by this sound since it first came out almost twenty years ago. Still, I can crank this sucker up and feel like I’m being transported back to a time before a bunch of these bands went metal and before Reagan’s second term fucked everything up.
–sean (Dr. Strange)