State Of Fear – Discography CS

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“Here’s the discography from this 90’s crusty hardcore/punk band featuring former members of the mighty Disrupt and Deformed Conscience. For some reason I thought State of Fear had more material than these 26 tracks, despite the fact that I only ever had “The Tables Will Turn…” LP, but I guess not. Along with that LP you’ll also find their self-titled 7″ and the “Wallow in Squalor” 7″ herein, making for a little under an hour’s worth of tunes (all recorded between 1994 and 1996). I like this band and all, but I honestly find this to be pretty typical material. Expect short songs that tend to sound quite similar to one another, with plenty of fast chord progressions and bashing percussion with quick little leads and harshly shouted/screamed vocals (I have to admit that they do have one of the better blends of lower shouts and bitterly snarled yelling). Maybe they were sort of at the head of the pack with the whole Scandinavian via America take on the driving D-beat sort of sound, and they’ve got some killer songs to show for it, but it’s still not something that really blows me away. Maybe a part of that’s because there’s been so much out there that sounds like this in the last 10 years, I don’t know, but at the same time… there are also a lot of bands that have done it better than this, you know? “The Tables Will Turn…” LP is a little heavier and more energetic than the other material, with lead track “What Comes Around Goes Around” definitely setting the tone for the record as a whole. “Domestic Trauma” is another of the heavier cuts, with “Abuse” coming off as one of the most memorable with its fiery attack. “Weaken the Stronghold” is the catchiest song though, and probably my favorite from the band’s entire catalog, keeping it vicious but somehow harnessing more force and energy. The songs from the debut EP are a little rawer, but the bass tone pops out more and gives things more crunch in a way, and that can be pretty sick. The sound is good overall. All of the sessions sound pretty consistent with one another, with only a few minor variances in heaviness. But the mixes are solid, the tones sound fine, and everything works. Sometimes the vocals are a tad dominant, and the bass doesn’t really pound away as much as I’d like (even on the “s/t” EP), but I don’t think this stuff sounds dated at all, and that definitely says something. The packaging is somewhat minimal but well done, with a matte color sleeve using slick looking metallic gold foil lettering and a matte black and white insert (the record itself is on clear green vinyl). The insert includes the original cover art for the records as well as all of the lyrics and some brief explanations for a handful of the tracks. The content of the songs is fairly standard as well, dealing with animal rights, homophobia, child abuse, the media, the state of the environment, consumerism, violence, and so on. And, of course, the lyrics are direct as hell: “Pushing us down, reaping our pride, Yuppie swine try to claim ownership, But I won’t be bought and sold like slave, Rich fucking cunts go fuck yourselves!”  As a retrospective look at the band I do think the packaging could have a little more substance to it, such as some band photos or some sort of further documentation about where they were at this point in time, but… whatever. The guts of it are covered and that’s what’s most important. It’s also strange the material’s not in any sort of logical order, going from the second EP to the full-length and then back to the first EP, but maybe they had to tweak that to get the songs to fit on the LP properly, who knows? Either way, this is a solid listen and I dig this band, but it’s not something I’d throw on too regularly because it’s a little too true to form for me to get into but so much. Not bad, though. They definitely have their place.”

Review from Aversion Online

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