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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ignore all previous reports: THIS is hardcore.,
Christ on a bike. Poison Idea, underground legends in the US punk scene, not to mention the fattest band in hardcore history (check out the inner sleeve for some beautiful shots of war-elephant turbo-Tad Doyles from hell), were also quite possibly the most insanely angry and self-destructive group of individuals ever to have walked into a recording studio. It was nothing short of miraculous that they survived to make more than one single, and yet somehow they've carried on for well over 20 years now, albiet with constantly shifting line-ups and at least one total break-up, lasting from 1993 to the early 2000s.
'Feel The Darkness', dating from 1990, is the one PI record everyone in the know owns, and with good reason. The group has matured and stretched out enough that thrash-metal, hardcore punk and the straightforward Motorhead motorcycle roar are all incorporated into one seemless sound rather than a patchwork like those horrible 'crossover' metal-hardcore groups of the mid-'80s. The pace is never anything less than that of an out-of-control monster truck laden with high explosives heading towards the Grand Canyon, the bursts of guitar soloing are insane, the riffing is thicker and nastier than most death metal, and Jerry A's vocals and lyrics rival Rollins' on 'Hard Volume' and Mike Muir's on the first Suicidal Tendencies album for sheer unhinged vitriol. It's not difficult to picture an enraged buffalo sitting behind the mic on songs like 'Deep Sleep' and 'Welcome To Krell' (don't do amphetamines, kids) rather than a human being, while on the closing monstrosity of a title track, he howls and howls like nothing I've ever heard.
There are a couple of generic punk throwaways ('Taken By Surprise' and 'Nation Of Finks', I'm looking at you), but there's also 'The Badge' (as covered by Pantera) and 'Alan's On Fire' (as covered by Machine Head). Both cover versions sound like piano ballad renditions of 'Tiptoe Through The Tulips With Me' compared to the originals.
Poison Idea reformed in 2003, but to date there has been no new releases, unfortunately, despite promises. I guess the drugs-and-drink demon is still on their collective shoulder, and of course their founding guitarist, Tom 'Pig Champion' Roberts (a man who made the average sumo wrestler look anorexic) sadly though perhaps unsurprisingly died a few years ago. But we can hope...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal, angry and essential,
My god this is an incredible album! The Badge, Alan's On Fire, Plastic Bomb, so many classics on one album! Coming across like the true heirs to Black Flag, these guys really kicked some major ass in the early 90's at a time when Hardcore was truely dying not just because of fairly mediocre music, but because of scene violence and the unfortunate increase in Nazi skinheads to the shows. So thank god for Posion Idea who virtually rejuvenated the scene. This along with follow-up album War all the time go down as Hardcore classics. Stop reading this and go out and buy the damn thing!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal hardcore riot,
My only knowledge of this band had been cover versions in the mid- nineties ( pantera - the badge, machine head - alan's on fire) so I really wanted to check them out. I was worried cos I thought that the other songs might not live up to the ones I'd heard, or maybe the covers were gonna be more enjoyable to me cos they where by bands i liked. Forget that, this album is truly mind blowing it's powerful, raw and aggressive with some intense metal riffs and solos which I was surprised by hearing that they were a hardcore band. They're incomparible to any other bands, if you thinking about getting this album and you like heavy music then try it cos like I said it's mind blowing!
5.0 out of 5 stars feel the brilliance,
Amazing album from an excellent and underrated hardcore/punk band. A must for any true punker.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best album,
this has some real gems onboard..."the badge" "alan`s on fire" and "plastic bomb" along with "just to get away" are as good as it gets on any punk album...but then...things start getting crazy...break neck speed with really intense vocals leave you in a spin....plus bonus track on cd..."discontent"...say no more
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