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Last In Line
Crosswalk 7" (Use Your Head Records)

By: Jeb Branin

There are some groups out there that have managed to re-capture the spirit of the legendary NEGATIVE FX. There are also some bands out there that have managed to re-discover the sound of iconic hate-core masters NEGATIVE APPROACH. But LAST IN LINE are one of only a handful of current bands who have been able to do both. Hell, LAST IN LINE sound more like NEGATIVE APPROACH than NEGATIVE APPROACH. They came out of nowhere and within the time it takes one 7" e.p to play, have established themselves as the undisputed masters of vintage hardcore. This is some of the most bitter and tyrannizing music I have ever heard. Ever. And that includes the legends mentioned above. This 7" is, in every conceivable way, perfect. Imagine if you dare the raging throb of the first AGNOSTIC FRONT 7". Then add to it the frenzied and pummeling delivery of INFEST at their best. Now take all the hate of every metal core band on Victory records and multiply it to the nth degree. Now direct all that unbridled energy into a sound that at its very essence clings to the Mid West and East Coast sounds of 1982 and you have a notion of where LAST IN LINE are coming from. One of my favorite things about this record is the fact it has all of the fire and fury of the contemporary fast-core and power violence scenes but doesn't borrow from those sounds at all. If extreme hardcore is going to continue to be the greatest music on the planet it needs bands like LAST IN LINE to separate from the pack and forge new paths through the underground, even if that "new" sound is almost 20 years old. The only possible limitation I can identify with this record is that L.I.L. are going to be hard pressed to improve upon it with their debut LP due out very soon.
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