GENOGEIST: Self-titled: LP

A few notes in and I was bracing myself for post-apocalyptic Tragedy ballad land. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, really. However, I’m way more stoked on the rest of the record which is more of the crust, d-beat, death and thrash metal variety. I suppose one shouldn’t expect anything but quality hardcore from Portland, Ore. The drawing in the center of the insert says it all: a spiky-haired dis-rocker with his ears popping clean off his head. You don’t need a shoestring headband or a jean vest with hundreds of studs to be down with this but if you already have one or both, then chances are you’re going to dig Genogeist. –Juan Espinosa (Black Water, blackwaterpdx.com, genogeist.bandcamp.com)