SPAZZ: Dwarf Jester Rising: CD

When I was just a wee lad and cutting my teeth on music or what I thought was what I should be listening to (hair metal bands; gross I know) I used to force myself to like everything those artist would release, believing that it was my duty as a loyal fan. While my interest in hair metal was short lived my love affair with Spazz is undying, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have my biases about the band. I’ve often compared them to and felt similarly about Black Sabbath, another all-time favorite of mine: the Ozzy years are superior but even without Ozzy it’s still Sabbath and it still rules, right? Sort of. When I first heard this album, a great deal of the songs were already familiar to me as they have appeared on a few different Spazz releases as well as the first collection disc Sweatin’ to the Oldies. The fact that my introduction to Spazz was their second album, La Revancha—which I and many others consider to be their best work may—have further spoiled their earlier efforts for me. When I finally got to hear this album it was on a reissue CD that 625 released in 2001 that also quickly went out of print. But by then the feelings had set in and it just didn’t blow me away like their other readily available releases did. I can still appreciate this album on a visceral level and, in reality, it is a great powerviolence record that I wish I could feel differently about. Sadly, to me it will always be a Heaven and Hell to a Master of Reality in comparison. –Juan Espinosa (Tankcrimes, tankscrimes.com)