Wednesday, May 6, 2009
GRAVEN IMAGE kicked out of the scene 7" (1983)
2.Close Your Eyes
4.Wrong Way to Utopia
7.Nails and Thorns
Sorta stoked to have gotten this ep back in my collection again after I had sold it for almost nothing back in the early 1990's. It was in my first big purge from my collection, and it went to some dickhead who I'd rather forget about now. Back in those days I'd gather some crates together of records that I wasn't "into" anymore, or that I thought that I could rebuy in the future and I'd sell them for literally nothing at shows that my band Devoid Of Faith was playing through out the North East. Depressing I know...
At any rate I recently got a copy of this from a dude who has a store in Richmond VA where Graven Image were from, and it turns out that this dude got a box of the eps from a member of the band or something, who'd discovered them in a closet/basement after 25 years. They are stone cold mint. Graven Image Dude has turned into a religious fanatic over the years, big surprise, right?
Graven Image were not the tightest of thrash bands, in fact this stuff is pretty goddamn loose, but that is the beauty of this ep. You can hear the influence early Black Flag had on them for sure, it's really apparent in the wanking and guitar noodles(can start to hear it in "operation shrink"). The bands magic year seemed to be 1983, as they released this ep, a split tape, and a few compilations. I don't think these guys were all to active beyond 1984. This is some of my favorite type of hardcore, tuneless thrash ala 80's. Enjoy, and please comment if you download.