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As Dirty as It is Rotten - 86%

DawnoftheShred, November 30th, 2006

The Dirty Rotten Imbeciles [EDIT: my dumb ass had "infidels" here for years...minus ten scene points for me] are included on the Metal Archives because by 1987, they were a full-fledged thrash metal unit and a key player in the crossover movement. In 1983 however, this was far from the case. DRI were still a raw, sloppy, fast as fucking hell hardcore punk ensemble with a knack for social satire and unparalled aggression. This is about as fast and nasty as it gets, ladies and gentleman, so expect an abundance of furious punk riffage from beginning to end and a vocal savagery you won't hear anywhere else.

Now while the band certainly does spin some much needed variation into what could become very generic song structures (with their intros, solos, and mid-to-slow paced riffs, not to mention the diverse lyrical catalog), most of these tunes clock in at less than a minute, with many being less than half that. This is an album fueled by rage, but it's even more ferocious than the best hardcore bands of the day. DOA, Suicidal Tendencies, COC, not even the Dead Kennedys hit this hard, this fucking fast. Note one of the earlier recorded blast beats in "No Sense." But while it blazes along at unprecedented speed, it's not as heavy as it could be. The guitar tone is pretty thin and the drums are a bit sloppy, though the rawness admittedly gives it a realistic dimension necessary for punk recordings. Plus it allows the bass to shine through more often than not, something the band would always make sure to do on their albums. Brecht's vocals and lyrics are in top form here as well. His shout-singing style is often imitated, but never fully realized by genre copycats.

And for those that are picking up one of the CD re-releases, you'll get treated to a plethora of bonus tracks, including songs from the slightly tighter Violent Pacification EP, radio interview clips, and a bunch of live tracks. Fans of hardcore punk and raw, punky thrash should not do without; this record and its followup are pretty much the apex of the genre. These guys would of course put out some nice thrash albums by the end of the decade, but nothing near as vehement as their first two records.