May 31, 2017

One of the most crucial hardcore demos of the late ‘80s finally sees 12” wax after being dubbed by tape traders across the world for the past three decades. There was a 7” version moons ago, but Painkiller and 540 have upped the ante, cleaned it up, added a live radio set, liner notes, and some well-worn memories of the band. This demo was the precursor to any heavy East Coast hardcore you have heard: thick and heavy mosh parts, guitar dive bombs, and fast and furious breaks. This shit was the blueprint. While all the suburbs were lousy with sports-gear-wearing straight edge dorks, Breakdown were the NYC deal. Songs about getting high and beating your ass. Hard music for hard people. Mandatory. –Tim Brooks (Painkiller,