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Split 7" [Blue Vinyl] (Slap A Ham)

By: Jeb Branin

Because this is a re-issue of the first record ever released by Slap A Ham the temptation in writing this review is to do a history lesson... y'know, compare this new 7" to the original 8" flexi, talk about how influential to extreme hardcore both these bands turned out to be, even throw the word "legendary" around in reference to any number of things connected to this record. But as I played this slab what struck me the most was not the history it represents but instead how listenable it was. Even by today's standards, this is a monstrous release. It sounds more dangerous than dated, more aggressive than aged. P.H.C.'s sound is lurching and thunderous. They tune it low and tear it loose. As a bonus there is one additional song here that didn't appear on the original release. On the flip side INFEST spew out their fast and incensed brand of hardcore. They go right for the throat and start ripping and tearing. Shouted vocals and relentless thrash give this band their classic hardcore flavor. There are three additional tracks on this side as well to sweeten the pot. The cover is a relatively faithful recreation of the original. On the inside there is a reprint of the original MRR review of the 8" as well as the original advertisement for the flexi. Also faithful to the original is the fact that mailorder copies of the record come on clear blue vinyl (although the flexi was a sea green/blue color). Obviously this is a record that every extreme hardcore fan should pick up, but don't think it is only good for nostalgia... this sucker still rips.
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