When this came out in 1987, it sounded like a Thrash record just like everything else on Metal Blade at the time. But on closer inspection, this D.R.I. album is the most progressive album of thier career and ahead of it's time. Songs like "Decisions" and "Tear it Down" have a very progressive structure and the breaks are amazing in musicmanship.
The production was also much better than the production on "Dealing with It". Bill Metoyer, the producer of the first couple Slayer albums and two Hirax albums, does a really good job here. The speed of the band had generally mellowed out a little at this point. Don't get me wrong there are some fast songs, but the slowness and disonance of some numbers gives the general feel of the album a slow one. On the next album, "Four of a Kind", the speedy numbers would make quite a return. For this reason, no two D.R.I. albums sound alike.
This was also a very successful tour for D.R.I. Playing with bands like Possessed, Executioner, only made the shows better.
Oh, and to the reviewer who said "Crossover, bad idea" and "If you like Thrash this is okay". Let's get one thing straight, Dealing with It was a Thrash (or if you prefer Thrashcore) album. What do you think you are listening to? How old are you? 12? This is a Thrash band, just because they had a hardcore tendency at times doesn't make them any less of one. Was Nuclear Assault less Thrash just because they had a hardcore element?