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Nausea: The Punk Terrorist Anthology, Vol. 2: 1986-1988 [reissue]The Punk Terrorist Anthology, Vol. 2: 1986-1988 [reissue] (2005)
Alternative Tentacles Records

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While the 1980s saw a burgeoning New York hardcore scene, something else was just starting to come to fruition, something that would forever change the landscape of crust punk and thrash as we in the states knew it. That something is a band by the name of Nausea. Having an impact like they did, and .
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While the 1980s saw a burgeoning New York hardcore scene, something else was just starting to come to fruition, something that would forever change the landscape of crust punk and thrash as we in the states knew it. That something is a band by the name of Nausea. Having an impact like they did, and still do, is not an easy thing to accomplish, but Nausea stood for something. Completely anti-racist, ant-sexist, and anarchist to the very core, they stood out among that New York scene.

The Punk Terrorist Anthology, Vol 2: 1986-1988 is a collection of demos, never released versions of such classics as "Smash Racism," and some live tracks sprinkled throughout its 30 songs, spanning almost 75 power packed minutes.

If you've heard Nausea before, you know just what to expect here: Your face being rocked clean off your skull. Two vocalists, one male and one female, and a combination of guitar, bass, and drums that will take no prisoners. Every musician in this band is immensely talented, and cannot be relegated to somebody playing stripped down punk rock; it's so much more than that. Elements of NYHC, thrash, and straight up metal all show their face at one point or another, and the styles seamlessly integrate into one unrelenting cacophonous attack. Nausea isn't all hell, fire, and brimstone however; take a listen to "Sacrifice," and see just how they're able to blend their harsh punk attack with some more mellow, almost ska-like parts, almost. You're not going to find a saxophonist anywhere near this album, but the band does have an understanding of grooves just as they have an understanding of putting their amps to eleven. Both vocalists sing and shout with such fire and conviction that their political and social rhetoric would hit even harder than normally. To this day, few, if any, bands have been able to match the unwavering conviction and awareness that Nausea have presented with every word they wrote;

Entertain the masses, with music video shit / It's used to serve purposes, not 'playing all the hits' / One, it makes you passive and desensitized / Two, it teaches to consume and it tells you what to buy / Fills your head with concepts, of how to dress and how to act / Does the video sell the music, or does the music sell the crap?
If more bands had the awareness and ability to put that to music that Nausea did, the musical landscape would look far better than it currently does. Lyrics aren't the only thing the band does well, however, as I mentioned earlier, their dual vocal attack works to perfection, as both are able to spit such venom with their words that nobody would ever question a thing. And it's those words that come through a sea of heavy distortion and guitar squalls. "Divide & Conquer" is an instrumental track that will no doubt show just what this band is capable of, with its tight, jarring rhythms and great, but not extravagant guitar solos, all the while the drummer holds down everything, never missing a beat. As if some of the old favorites weren't enough reason to check this album out, the demos and live tracks are spectacular as well. Listening to the live version of "World of Tomorrow" gives you great perspective as to how great and how intense they sounded live, and who can complain with covers of Subhumans and Omega Tribe.

As soon as you're done reading this, pick this album up, and Anthology, Volume 1 while you're at it. While that collection was a bit better than this one, the sheer amount of tracks, be they studio, live, or demos, should be enough to entice die-hard fans and newcomers alike. Not to be missed.

 

 
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Anonymous (February 27, 2006)

To set the record straight Roger and Amy were never married. After watching medics rescue demonstrators during a riot in Berlin Amy left Nausea (and Roger) to study medicine. She now practices emergency medicine at a trauma center. Not sure what happened to their daughter.

Anonymous (January 25, 2006)

what are the former members of nausea doing today??? when did roger and amy divorce and how ols is their daughter?

captaincrackhead (December 19, 2005)

""I guess that makes ONE relevant band to come out of New York since 1980."

"you forgot biohazard...""

and Sick of it All...

Anonymous (December 15, 2005)

Kylesas' version of "Clutches" kills....an amazing band covering an amazing band.

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

Hahahahaha crust ahahahahahaha.

Russe11 (December 14, 2005)

Kylesa is a great new band to check out if you're into Nausea.

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

"Completely anti-racist, ant-sexist"...as opposed to all of those bands out there that are only partially anti-racist, ant-sexist. Fucking punk rock hyperbole.

joeg (December 14, 2005)

"I guess that makes ONE relevant band to come out of New York since 1980."

you forgot biohazard...

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

I forgot they were from NY. I guess that makes ONE relevant band to come out of New York since 1980.

lushj (December 14, 2005)

"... and I keep reading that Roger Miret and Amy are married, but that just does not compute in my head. Maybe they're related or something, though."

They were married and had a daughter, Nadia, together.

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

Yeah a lot of the fans of Sick Of It All or Agnostic Front are conservative-jock types but the bands themselves would support Nausea. Sick Of It All is pretty left-wing and Agnostic Front has always been sorta anti-establishment, anti-war and currently anti-bush (if you've read any current interviews with Roger Miret) -- now back in the 80s, AF was probably a little more conservative

gladimnotemo (December 13, 2005)

I saw those screenprinted records when they came out, but I was totally turned off by this when they were still in stock.

I think the scene back in NY got along much better than...the early AF stuff is way more hardcore punk based than it is now, and I keep reading that Roger Miret and Amy are married, but that just does not compute in my head. Maybe they're related or something, though.

jamespastepunk (December 13, 2005)

Anchors, don't try to "front." I think you honestly thought of Subhumans as a street punk band because the description described them as from the 80's UK... Which is okay, and it's cool that you've learned better now, but don't pretend you weren't stupid for that specific comment or whatever.

-Will

Do you think we could get pay per view for this shit?

Sick_Nick (December 13, 2005)

Anybody else got the Limited Edition Silk Screned Nausea Punk Terriost Anthology off Interpunk.... It's limited to 200 and I got 144, anyways i got both these, and thier worth the money.... I have a Nausea shrit with thier usuall jesus upside down on the peace sign, gets alot of looks around here.

thirtyseconds (December 13, 2005)

joeg: word.

Johann82 (December 13, 2005)

I always wondered whether the tough guy NYHC bands/fans of the mid/late 80's liked Nausea.
It seems musicially they had so much in common but in everything else were worlds apart.
It would be wierd to see someone from Sick Of It All or Agnostic Front etc at a Nausea show.
That being said, it would be cool.

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

Anchors, don't try to "front." I think you honestly thought of Subhumans as a street punk band because the description described them as from the 80's UK... Which is okay, and it's cool that you've learned better now, but don't pretend you weren't stupid for that specific comment or whatever.

-Will

gladimnotemo (December 13, 2005)

Has anyone heard the Kylesa cover of "Clutches"? I am listening to Nausea's version right now, but haven't heard the cover (they covered it on the "A 110 Heat Degree Index", but not on the 7" I have)....anyone?

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

Alternative Tentacles seems to know how to get my money these days...between this and the F-Minus discography..damn

-Ken

BrandonSideleau (December 13, 2005)

One of the all time greatest

notfeelingcreative (December 13, 2005)

Amazing record.

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

watch out, this has the word 'terrorist' in it, government may come knocking on your door.

gladimnotemo (December 13, 2005)

Totally essential. I don't remember how much I like Volume 1 (which I didn't think was that good the first time around), but this album is just completely great.

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

excellent review.

Anchors (December 13, 2005)

Man, you have a hell of a memory. I've never had anything against the Subhumans, though, I just wanted to rile people up since everyone was so bummed about the news. I must have been having a shitty day or something.

skankin_in_the_pit (December 13, 2005)

http://www.punknews.org/article.php?sid=10538&mode=&order=&thold =

I guess Anchors opinion of the Subhumans has changed in the last year. I remember making a mental note to have a petty grudge toward him after reading those comments. Sorta like how everyone hates Tate. Good review though.

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

Absolutely mandatory. No Debate.

-Ken

SalsaShark (December 13, 2005)

I've never heard this stuff, but I'm definitely going to get on it. I've seen Nausea on T-shirts forever.

joeg (December 13, 2005)

gotta pick this one up along with the f-minus comp.

lushj (December 13, 2005)

I'm biased, since I helped revamp volume 1 for it's re-release on AT (it's available as of this afternoon on our site along with volume 2). BUT... I love this fucking band. Their "Extinction" LP and the "Cybergod" 7" are 2 of the rockingest dreadlock warrior releases ever, up there with Neurosis "Word As Law." I am not a fan of the crust, but this band has more than enough punk chops and songwriting ability and the female vocals- wow. Amy's voice can cut through steel.

Storytime- first saw them @ Tompkin's Square Park with a buncha NYHC bands in 1988, it was great although the riot soon after was not. NY was a weird schizophrenic yet ultimately tolerant scene. There were the super macho youth crew bands like Youth of Today and Krakdown (and plain old macho bands like Agnostic Front and Murphys Law) being best friends with dreadlocked squatter bands like Nausea and Reagan Youth. Fast forward to California 1990 and Nausea came out and played one show in Frisco with Blatz and Filth and one show @ Gilman with Filth. Both shows also had the great now-forgotten Dogma Mundista from Southern California.

I'm so happy to be a part of re-releasing this great band. Seriously, her voice is one of my fave punk female voices. Her power matches the muscular music perfectly.

lookmommyididit (December 13, 2005)

great band, but i just dont have the attention span for these hour plus compilations

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

Great Punk Rock album. I liked vol. 2 a little more but this one still kicks ass.

Real punk rock. A must have.

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