GASP: Sore for Days Demo 96: CS

Largely overlooked during their original lifespan, Los Angeles’s recently reformed powerviolence stalwarts Gasp’s demo tape is reissued a mere twenty-one years later, much to the surprise of the uninformed. Those in the know back then knew that Gasp was L.A.’s not-to-be-missed band. Despite affinity and praise from their scene peers, the band sadly experienced only limited range to spread their message of delusion, fear, and hopelessness in the form of some of the most punishing underground music at the time. Acid-throated vocals, guitars heavier than Pig Champion (both literally and figuratively), and a tightly intertwined rhythm section are mere mortal descriptions of the juggernaut wall of sound which tests the limits of cobalt tape, not to mention your stereo speakers’ wiring. Most of their releases (with perhaps the exception of their stunning full length masterpiece Drome Triler of Puzzle Zoo People) are fairly easy to track down. So once you’re done with this morsel, put down whatever it is you think is a heavy band’s record and make sure you get acquainted with the smorgasbord that is their discography. Then act like you fucking know for once in your life. –Juan Espinosa (To Live A Lie, tolivealie.com / Nero One)