OFFENDERS: Endless Struggle: LP

May 24, 2022

Unlike the sonic mess that is We Must Rebel, the Offenders’ follow-up (and final) album actually sounds pretty darn good. I’ve never heard the 1985 original so I can’t do a direct compare, but it’s hard to imagine that the original sounded as good as this remastered version, ’cause the new version sounds frickin’ sparkling. The band seems to have tightened their shit up in the two years between albums, apparently no longer content to sound like the world’s fastest pile of random debris. I still don’t like the vocals, though—the way the syllables often come out in these spastic clusters disorients me to the point that it’s kind of a struggle not to lose my place on the lyric sheet. As is standard operating procedure during this era in punk history, a bit of a metal influence crept into the band’s sound at this point (thanks a lot, My War), but it’s only blatantly noticeable in the occasional dirge like “Endless Struggle,” and, for the most part, the occasional riffing seems to provide a bit of much-needed sonic cohesion. In retrospect, this is probably one of the better hardcore albums of 1985. Had hardcore not ceased to be interesting in 1984, that would probably be cause for much rejoicing. BEST SONG: “Impact.” BEST SONG TITLE: “You Got a Right.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Ends with a Supremes cover, which I totally did not see coming. It’s fucking terrible, but sometimes it’s the thought that counts. –Rev. Nørb (Beer City, beercity.com)

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