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Crossed Out
1990-1993 (Slap A Ham)

By: Jeb Branin

CROSSED OUT was in existence for less than three years, during which time they released only one 7" one split 7" and one split 5". Doesn't seem like the rTsumT of one of the most influential bands in extreme hardcore does it? But without question they were. This CD, which is the first official CROSSED OUT discography (and then some), is literally a primer of first wave power violence. CROSSED OUT are a melding of raw thrash, pulverizing grind and bone jarring heaviness that lurches back and forth between blazing and plodding in what seemed, at the time it was recorded, like incongruent randomness but is now easily recognizable as the blueprint for power violence. As I carefully revisited these tunes while writing this review I was reminded of how much the CROSSED OUT influence still resounds in the pv bands of today. I was also astounded to realize that these tunes are as relevant and listenable now as they were when first released. If these songs were new they would still be more intense than 99% of the extreme hardcore currently being released. What that means is this CD is more than just a history lesson or a curious look back at the roots of power violence, it is an album that is gonna kick you upside the head! You are going to want to listen to this CD for what it is, not for what it represents. Hell this is so vicious that when I put it on my music shelf all the other hardcore and metal CDs started to cry for their mommy.
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