When Vic Bondi wrote for Hit List, he sure the fuck didn’t take a liking to a lot of punk being made in the present tense. From the sounds of “Hardball” and his cover of John Fogerty’s “Fortunate Son,” I guess that means he really just missed bands that sounded like Helmet mixed in with high piles of donkey poo. Articles of Faith I won’t shit talk about. “Buy This War” and “American Dreams” sound as vital today, perhaps more so, than when they were released in the early ‘80s. Give thanks that Articles of Faith’s stuff was kept in print by Bitzcore, then compiled in Complete Vols. 1 and 2 on AT (these two songs are on those LPs) and see why they were truly one of the lesser-known hardcore greats that were creative, bombastic, smart-as-fuck, hyperspeed, and dead-eyed. Skip this hinky EP and get the collections for the real meat.
–todd (Alternative Tentacles)