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Even though S.O.B. are mentioned as grindcore pioneers together with Repulsion and Napalm Death (among others), on “Leave Me Alone ” they’re still nothing more than an extremely fast hardcore punk group. Nothing grind about it in terms of blast speed drums and ‘going too far’. Just listen to songs like “Fat Women”, “SDI&ABM” and “Leave Me Alone” and you’ll agree any comparison with the 1984 Siege material is easy.
Actually this EP is not much more than worshipping the likes of Siege and of course pionering earlier ultra fast hardcore punk bands like Negative Approach. Vocally however Tottsuan sounds more like Jeff walker in his younger days than the average hardcore vocalist. So the total sound is easier for extreme metal fans tot get into than hearing yet another hardcore punk group from the eighties.
If you’re into really fast hardcore punk from the eighties, this EP will be a more than welcome addition to your collection. Yet, if you consider yourself mostly a metal head, you’re not familiar with them and looking for pionering and trendsetting stuff from the early days of grindcore you better check out their 1987 album “Don't Be Swindle” first.
To get to the crux of this reveiew from the beginning, if you only have a one-dimensional interest in a relatively narrow overly-specified area of extreme metal, you may well not find much to appreciate in this release nor even it's place in the history of death metal & grindcore.
This should appeal to both fans of punky/hardcore/crossover as well as those grind or death metal fans interested in some of the formative stages of their beloved music.
I won't lie to you and say it's as awesome, brutal or incendiary as say Siege - Drop Dead or Repulsion - Horrified, but this 7" EP is still pretty good fun listening.
It's hardly original in my honest opinion, but originality, tabs and song scales aren't what you look into bands like S.O.B. for in the first place. Bands like S.O.B. are there for you to have fun listening to and going spasmodic to in a fun/ drunken way.
If you want a fun, no-strings 'thrash night' (in the physical movement sense not the genre title sense) - to paraphrase one of their later releases - add this to your collection and play it around the same time you listen to Siege, Repulsion and the rest and it'll fit right in.
Track highlights would probably be 'SDI ABM' or 'Not Me'.
Not an 'essential' purchase by any means, if anything 'What's The Truth?' would be S.O.B.'s most essential release, but still a good, fun record for sticking on whilst on the move in the car or some other form of activity that doesn't require you to concentrate fully on the music but still needs a pick-me-up.
'Leave Me Alone' = punky pick-me-up
Before S.O.B. became the big thrash/hardcore monsters they're best known for within the grindcore world, there was S.O.B. the super hardcore punk band. This is how a more dysfunctional and incoherent Siege meets Discharge and Extreme Noise Terror hybrid would sound like with leans towards blast beats and a maniac screamer. This short 9 minute EP is pretty essential listening if you consider yourself to be a grind elite or a hardcore/crust punker.
There's nothing much to really say with this EP being it's no longer than 10 minutes. The only things that can be said about this release is that it's raw, super messy yet catchy to listen to and did I mention that it's raw? This literally sounds like a war happening within an outcast punkers mind who has no means of releasing his aggression so he hears this noise in his head. Some notable mentions here is the self titled song "Leave Me Alone" which comes out as being the catchiest song with an actual (more like noticeable) chorus part and just doesn't consist of blistering noise. "Give Me Advice" and "Knock Out" are songs which come closest to sounding like traditional hardcore punk songs (or at least the intros of the songs sound like hardcore punk but then transcend into grindcore frenzies.) Most of the songs here pretty much sound the same.
This, in other words, is grindcore in one of it's truest, rawest and finest forms. There is 0% of metal on this EP; it's just messy hardcore punk done by some frustrated thrashy maniacs. Listen if you wish to have a war in your head or want to know what grindcore really is suppose to sound like... just done kind of atrocious and messy.
Ear Candy: Leave Me Alone.