VARIOUS ARTISTS: The Transcendental Maggot’s Revenge: 7”

Classhole start things off with some really bland ‘80s hardcore, the kind I hear in my head when someone says they don’t like hardcore. Then Beagle Boys take things up a notch with some rad, noisy, effects-ruled dissonance. The vocals wash in and out over what might be an abused synthesizer or just a guitar that’s fucked wit’. Great track. Toe Tag come in with a pretty decent hardcore song that goes a little overboard on the guitar solo. I think this is the first time I’ve actually heard Flag Of Democracy and if they can bring it like this, I can’t imagine how they sounded in ‘82. The vocals go from shouted to this weird wavery, shrieky delivery and the drums… homie just pounds the fuck out of ‘em. Unfortunately, Ugly Americans end the record with a banal, jokey song sung in the voice of a kid who wants his pony picture back. –Craven Rock (Tsuguri)