VARIOUS ARTISTS: Bridge Nine Summer Compilation: LP

I picked this up only having heard of one of the bands (Paint It Black). So, I didn’t know what to expect when the needle hit the groove. First good sign: LP runs at 45. The heavy stuff was good, but totally incongruous to the melodic hardcore sounds of a couple of the tracks. Leave them off completely, and you could have a pretty kick-ass 7” comp. Otherwise, I’d recommend just picking up a Paint It Black record. The cover art is pretty, a bombed-out early 20th Century movie theater (complete with marquee) plagued by a giant Cthulu-like creature. I’ll keep the sleeve, not the LP.

 –Samantha Beerhouse (Bridge Nine)