SUBURBAN MUTILATION: The Opera Ain’t Over Til the Fat Lady Sings: CD

Fuggin’ awesome! This is the first time I’ve listened to this, despite knowing about this band for the past thirty years. Why it took me this long, I have no idea. Maybe if I had heard this back then, my life would be better, and maybe I would have more friends, and a better job. Whatever the case, this is highly recommended, and maybe even essential. Originally released in 1984, and featuring Rev. Nørb of Sick Teen zine (and later Razorcake), these guys cranked out some intense hardcore punk that definitely didn’t take itself seriously, but still has a sonic punch. The guitar sounds like hell, the vocals are gravelly and raspy, with the drums pounding and thundering underneath. The songs range from super fast to more mid-tempo fare. And the lyrics are pretty good as well. Teen angst with a humorous edge. “Apathy” and “I Reject U” may become your anthems. There’s a ton of bonus material on here as well. Along with the original seventeen-song LP, there are thirty tracks of recordings done in basements and garages, varying in quality, but the energy comes through loud and clear. This stuff is so good, and so different than Boris The Sprinkler? Who saw that coming? 

 –M.Avrg (Beer City)