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Raw Power
Still Screaming (after 20 years) (Six Weeks)

By: Jeb Branin

I'm tempted to say "They're back" but they never really left. RAW POWER was part of Italy's early 80s hotbed of hardcore punk (along with bands like WRECTHED, INDIGESTI, S.D.P., CCM, PEGGIO PUNX, STAZIONE SUICIDA, PUTRID FEVER, and many others). I was first exposed to them via early compilation records and, of course, the BCT Tapes. Their thick, raw, and raging sound became a trademark of Italian hardcore and for many, myself included, it's hard (even today) to hear an Italian hardcore band and not compare them to RAW POWER. The new CD is everything you would expect from the band including the frenzied delivery that proved so influential to three-chord hardcore the world over. There is only a hint of the heavy riff-meistering and soloing that got them accused of "going metal" (but was really more of a crusty sound-punks have such narrow minds sometimes-of course I even like their "Fight" album). Any fan of the current wave of rabid thrash will hear the roots of that sound on this CD. "Still Screaming" is dedicated to their original guitarist Giuseppe who passed away in 2002.
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