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Pseudo Youth...Human Cesspool (Sound Pollution)

By: Jeb Branin

If you have been a fan of Y in the past you will probably already be familiar with the material on this CD, which is a collection of their previously released vinyl output. It includes their 7", the "Ali Bomaye" LP, the split 7" with DISCRIPT and a couple of unreleased tracks as well. If you are among the ranks of the uninitiated (like I was) then get prepared to sit back and be thrashed and bashed and smashed. Y does to the human brain what a tornado does to a trailer park. Their crust/thrash is full throttled from start to finish, with barely a moment to catch your breathe between songs. The lyrics are almost as rage filled as the music with Y taking shots at everything from Nazis to cops to abusive husbands to tabloid newspapers. The only downside to the release is that it took me a couple of times through to come to grips with the vocals on the more recent material. They are buried in the mix and one-dimensional even by thrash standards, which undercuts some of the diversity in the songs, many of which have a very strong groove buried in the maelstrom of sound.
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