Thursday, May 8, 2014
I have no idea why the band named this ep "bootleg", its not one. I was turned on to Japanese hardcore pretty early by a friend of mine in Albany named Louis. He was blasting the stuff for me in the late 80's... I didn't get it then(I was a idiot). There were very few dudes in the U.S. scene who were really exposed and immersed in this stuff back then. Brian Dropdead, and Wedge from Ohio were others who were totally into it like my buddy Louis. Brian even did a zine called Japcore. He'd sell his zines and some random records he was distroing at shows that I would frequent in the early 90's. I recall buying the first Voorhees 7" and this ep from him at a show. He raved about both bands. Raise Cain sorta remind me of a less powerful Bastard. The songs are furiously fast, and articulately tight. The vox are brutal and sung with lots of passion. lots of noodling solos make this epic enough for this metalhead.
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2.Alone we'll survive
Anyone not familiar with this is in for a real treat. I was lucky enough to see these guys in the Bay Area in around 1987. The band featured ex Exodus front man Paul Baloff who formed this band after he'd been replaced by Legacy's vocalist and was booted from Exodus.
This line up only lasted maybe a year before Paul left Piranha to front Heathen. At some point he left Heathen and tried to reform Piranha with a new line up. Paul was a real character. He loved his drink, drugs, and thrash metal. I became friends with him when he started managing and booking bands at the rock on broadway. Its rumored that this was Produced by James Hetfield. Pretty sure thats not true.
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