BL'AST - BLOOD
First, a history lesson. Bl’ast were southern California punk/hardcore band that ran from around 1982 through 1989. Their sound? Well, imagine Black Flag’s My War era, only really pissed off.
While not on the same exposure level is Black Flag, Bad Brains, Minor Threat or Cro-Mags, Bl’ast are equally as important. Like Negative Approach, Void, or Flipper, Bl’ast were pushing the levels of harsh feedback, heavy riffs and dissonant guitar work. They were pioneers right alongside all the bands that lucked into more media attention. The production on Blood allows the really incredible musicianship of Bl’ast to come through in a way the other records were unable to. It also captures a time when hardcore was pure, visceral and unpredictable.
A time when hardcore was a movement, not just a scene.