Tuesday, 5 February 2008
BORN/DEAD – THE FINAL COLLAPSE CD (PRANK RECORDS 093)
Having already bought the vinyl version of this on their tour, I knew already what a corker it is and due to steady rotation since then one that I firmly love and will continue to play for years to come. If you don’t already have it or missed them on their tour – 3 months covering most of Europe then I suggest you not sleep on it. Already going for a number of years, with a good backlog of essential releases already under their belt, with ‘The Final Collapse’ they continue with another cracking full length and evidence that they are still burning with anger, pain and frustration. Creating an engaging mood with their medium paced anarcho punk, that thunders into fast raging parts, dipping into moody breaks with Wyatt’s sombre bass strokes. Will and Wyatt, sharing the vocals, shout and spit their fury at what is happening to the world and society around us. You can’t help but agree, unless you have no blood in your body. The songs are intense, interesting and challenging. Coupled with their heartfelt lyrics is art, not merely as nice decoration, but hammering their point home. The CD has excellent packaging too, having the same artwork to that of the booklet of the LP and doing it every bit of justice and retaining the same beauty. If that isn’t enough, they cover ‘Sirens’ by CRESS and it’s one of the best covers I’ve heard done, just jaw dropping. Finishing off with ‘Assault’ from their split 7” with ‘PELIGRO SOCIAL’ and if the lyrics of it don’t move you, you must be made of stone. A hard working band, who have my highest respect and a CD every punker should own.
PRANK RECORDS, PO BOX 410892, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94141-0892, USA.