Saturday, July 30, 2011

Executioner-The Anthology

PATAC Records

For better or worse this is it. This is the entire recorded output of California hardcore punk band Executioner. Despite playing with legends like the Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, Crucifix and Fang these guys never got their proper due. This is prime hardcore circa San Jose 1982 with all the rage and explosive capability of a Molotov cocktail! Since the band never released anything officially other than a few tracks on the Growing Pains tape (a skate cassette released by THE FACTION) this anthology is filled out with demo cuts as well as live recordings. Since it has painstakingly been restored and remastered the sound for the most part is pretty good. Some songs due suffer from a fuzzed out effect, but hey this is punk hardcore and not a Lady Gaga album so what do you want? Getting all of this together on one convenient album is a pretty sweet deal and like all good punk this one is timeless. Rage like this never grows old or gets tiring. Other than being there in person this is as good as it gets. Executioner might not be thought of quite like the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Germs, Circle Jerks or the Sex Pistols which is a crime. This is real deal. It's sloppy, raw, angst ridden, pissed off and full of piss and sweat. Good times.


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