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Wrecking Crew - Balance of Terror [reissue] (Cover Artwork)

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Wrecking Crew: Balance of Terror [reissue]Balance of Terror [reissue] (2006)
I Scream Records

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With the disbanding of numerous high-profile Boston hardcore bands, and the recent sub-par effort by Righteous Jams, that steadfast Boston scene is looking a bit slimmer than normal. Don't count the city down and out just yet, however. Sure, the Bruins and Celtics are off to lackluster season sta.
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With the disbanding of numerous high-profile Boston hardcore bands, and the recent sub-par effort by Righteous Jams, that steadfast Boston scene is looking a bit slimmer than normal.

Don't count the city down and out just yet, however. Sure, the Bruins and Celtics are off to lackluster season starts, and the BoSox weren't even close to the playoffs this season, but hardcore fans do still have one thing to cheer about. And no, not the New England Patriots. I'm speaking of Wrecking Crew. I Scream records have recently been kind enough to re-release one of the most integral albums in Boston hardcore history: Balance of Terror.

While not new by any means, this blast from the not-so-distant past is still the best piece of music recording to come out of Beantown in years. Sounding every bit as angry and full of energy as the it did when initially released in 1990, these 14 songs (two bonus) exemplify the style that the city built its scene on.

The gritty vocals of Glenn Dudley are perfect for the kind of recording that's found on the album. Extremely under-produced, and better off for it, Balance of Terror rips through all 14 tracks in a little more than half an hour, Dudley's deep delivery leading the way. The quick bass riffs of "Holding Back" segue well into Dudley's ??everyman' style of writing. The universal themes presented are easy to grasp onto, and easy to apply to your own life or situation. The song picks up steam towards the end, where the riffing becomes quicker, the drumming becomes quicker, and the vocals seem to louden all in unison, right before abruptly cutting off.

"Too Late" is another fine example of a song picking up more and more steam as it moves along. It may begin with some relatively simple riffs, but quickly the buzzsaw guitars louden, the distortion kicks in, and those trademark vocals cut through it all. Slowing down only for a brief few moments about halfway through, the song just keeps plodding along.

I'll admit, I complain a lot about the amount and quality of albums being re-recorded, re-issued, re-this and re-that lately, but no such complaints this time. Boston hardcore that's just as solid now as it was 16 years ago.

 


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charlesshaw (November 30, 2006)

Is this Michelle Branch's band with that blonde chick?

GlassPipeMurder (November 29, 2006)

i have this, never listened though. maybe i'll give it a whirl later.

Anchors (November 29, 2006)

I realize there's plenty of good stuff left coming out of Boston (Mind Eraser and Lovely Lads in particular,) but I was talking about the prominent face of Boston hardcore. That being Mental, Think I Care, and RJ.

Anonymous (November 29, 2006)

Yeah all those bands are from Boston.

Just because the last RJs record wasn't as good as the first one doesn't mean its all over for Boston Hardcore. Theres plenty of new and awesome bands from Boston.

Mind Eraser, Downhill Fast, Conversions, Scapegoat, Positive Reinforcement, Blank Stare, Poison Control, Self Abuse, Step Forward, The Ice Age, The Lovely Lads, Defcon 4 and theres plenty more

Anonymous (November 28, 2006)

Yo, i have the original vinyl if anyone really wants it. Its a bit banged up, but make me an offer and we'll figure something out.

-Ken

Anonymous (November 28, 2006)

Aren't Terminal Youth from Boston, too? My band's playing with them in January.

-William Marinovic

Anonymous (November 28, 2006)

Crash and Burn did in fact break up. I am pretty sure Defcon 4 is still at it. I am not sure about the others.

skankin_in_the_pit (November 28, 2006)

Great album.

Aren't Mind Eraser, Mouth Sewn Shut, Defcon 4, and Crash and Burn from Boston? They may all not be around anymore (did Crash and Burn break up?) but from reading Al Quints reviews at http://subvox.blogspot.com I can tell Boston doesn't seem to be in such bad shape. Watching Doc Rivers run their beloved Celtics into the ground while having one of the best lineups in the eastern conference has to be pretty brutal though.

theonetruebill (November 28, 2006)

Are they just a wrecking crew, bored boys with nothing to do? If not then I don't want to listen to this.

hitlerbadzakgood (November 28, 2006)

this is a classic. hardcore bands of today should listen to this, so they realize how bad they are and break up.

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