Written by GE 138.
Ahhhhhh, good ol' L7. Recently reunited and sporadically playing gigs in all sorts of places all over the world (except Las Vegas apparently), the band is back and loud and proud and it's nice to know that this Metal tinged bunch of Punk Rockers are still a threat to be dealt with in this day and age of corporate banality. Unfortunately, until they actually release something new, they're relegated to being just another old band cashing in on a wave of nostalgia but, if that wave happens to wash up a few fantastic releases from the vault like this one, and the Hollywood Palladium release, also on the same Easy Action record label, then I can just keep my big mouth shut and just sit back and enjoy the glorious sound of the nostalgia waves hitting the sand. This record is brutal. It captures L7 at the height of their musical muscular movement, with crushing riffs that could rattle the fillings out of your teeth and a rhythm section that is both thunderous and catchy. The sound quality on this release is awesome. Donita Sparks vocals drip with hatred and attitude, and the rest of the band plays with an almost military like attack on their instruments. Songs like Wargasm, Fast & Frightening, Everglade, and (Right On) Thru all benefit and shine because of the bands familiarity with the material, playing fast and loose with every song on this release. It's great to hear. Yeah, while this is certainly no KISS - Alive type of release from the band, it does do a great job at capturing what a strong live band L7 were (are). While not for novices, if you're unfamiliar with the bands recorded output, you could do worse than to start your L7 experience with this release. It does a good job of letting you know what the band is all about, and that's pretty much just being obnoxious and in your face and rocking out with their clams out. Cool stuff.
Available in limited edition gold colored vinyl from Easy Action records by clicking here. Also available digitally on iTunes by clicking here, and you can listen to the album for free on Soundcloud by clicking here. Available on Amazon by clicking here. "Like" L7 on Facebook by clicking here.
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