This is a review of "First Blood" recorded by The Horror. The review was written by Paul Geary in 2003.
Leeds-based The Horror have a legacy most UK hardcore acts could only wish for, with ex-members of Leeds seminal hardcore act Voorhees and with a frontman from the mighty Imbalance. This 10" release on Chainsaw Safety was eagerly awaited (well by me anyway).
Well, where to begin, this is BRUTAL, this is everything a fan of Thrash/Hardcore could want. Great lyrics not the usual pessimistic, bleak stuff we so often see but some very witty and intelligent social commentaries... (check out "Fuck the Romans" I think this is supposed to be tongue in cheek?!)
Backbreakingly tight, this drummer is as sharp as an intravenous canular. Great riffs, again super tight (think of Out Cold in a fistfight with Severed Head of State). Add a great production from Pat Grogan, and top it off with good artwork and lyrics sheet et Voila! A corker of a record.
Best song? - "Attack Ships on Fire"
Worse Bit? - Too Short
What piece of office furniture would this band be? The sharp corner of a late 80's gun metal grey filing cabinet.
Great record: aggressive, eclectic, and tight. Fills the hole in UK hardcore that was left when Voorhees called it day.