DIE KREUZEN LP
Label: Touch & Go Records
Cat. #: TGLP 4
2. This Hope
3. In School
4. I'm Tired
5. On the Street
7. Get 'Em
9. No Time
10. All White
12. Sick People
13. Hate Me
14. Live Wire
15. Not Anymore
18. Think for Me
19. Dirt and Decay
20. Don't Say Please
21. No Name
This is hands-down the most underrated hardcore full-length ever. Perhaps the best Midwest hardcore LP (no, I'm not forgetting Negative Approach), Die Kreuzen's debut album is a total freak-out of fast, oddly arranged songs and maniacal vocals. With the exception of Siege, no US band has come close to the demented, raw ferocity of Dan Kubinski. He sounds like a demon from another planet (or at least Italy). The music has an edge to it to, at times riffing it up Minor Threat style, othertimes more choppy and bass-driven like the Necros, but often with a weird tempo or time-change that reminds you these motherfuckers were from Wisconsin! (I don't know what that means). A great thing about this record is that it isn't that hard to find, and there's no reason everyone shouldn't be rocking out to it on a regular basis. I wasn't surprised to learn recently that Charles Maggio imitated the vocals on this LP while recording the first Rorschach LP, and I'm willing to bet Pushead was listening carefully too [I was right, see below]. Get this or die incomplete.
If the vocals weren't nasty enough on that last platter, wait till
your ears get tarnished by the clamorous siege of Die Kreuzen's
Dan Kubinski. Blistered tonsils split open as he wails
out the spit paced growling, a titanic demon which holds your mind
in fear. The sheer grounded flavor of the grievous voice makes your
curiosity rage in what the next track offers.
Completely insane besets of missiling quickness and savage bass
plucks highlight Die Kreuzens debut album. Brutal perfomances of
unrelenting fury ravages spasms of exhilating assertiveness.
Die Kreuzen force feed 21 alarming tracks (each a highlight
in its own right), filling all combinations of vigorous energy
and full tilt expressionism. Well-produced with crazed outer
graphics, this exceptional platter haunts as it storms with speed,
velocity, and engulfing vocal strength. Finally the true slice.
On Touch & Go Records...of course.
-Pushead, from Puszone #30, Thrasher Nov. 1984
This is fucking great! This is fucking great! This is fucking great! This is fucking great! This is fucking great! This is fucking great! This is fucking great! This is fucking great! This is fucking great! This is fucking great! This is fucking great! This is fucking great!
-Tim Yohannon, from Maximum Rock'n'Roll #15