Jul 13, 2010

Absolutely awesome reissue here! Willful Neglect was a hardcore band out of Minnesota that ran from 1981 to 1984. During that time they record two LPs, both collected here, and a third LP, Big Enough to Get It, that never made it to vinyl, but was issued on the discography CD that came out on Neglected Records in 2003. The music was fast hardcore with some rock elements to give them more mass: think of White Cross, but not afraid to slow down a smidge here and there. “E.M.S.& D.” is a great opener for their debut LP, and a song that will be instantly memorable. Both LPs are great, and there’s a slight progression between the two. The second has a bit more of an edge. They have a weird robot-like intro for “Scratch-N-Sniff” that breaks up the thrash assault. Glad to see bands like this getting the reissue treatment, as it shows a bit more of what was happening at the time than just the usual suspects from the coasts.

 –M.Avrg (Havoc, havocrex.com)