Slip – Never Surrender EP 1994
Here’s another dollar bin gem that totally kicks ass. I can’t find any information about this dark hardcore band from Alabama. Yes, I’ll admit it. I bought this record because it was from Alabama. How much Alabaman hardcore have you ever heard? Right now, I can’t think of any bands from that neck of the woods. So, I did a little looking and found a good one, here.
This record starts out really quietly (with the best Star Wars sample I’ve ever heard on a record), but then it gets really loud and heavy. That’s when we start to hear the great anguished, angry vocals and the drumming which kicks ass throughout this record. It’s heavy, mid tempo hardcore that gets really moshy, especially on the last song. In fact, ‘Closed Doors’ is almost over the top with what are now cliche mosh riffs, but then you have to remember that this record came out in 1994 when that sort of style was still relatively new. Though, you have to admit that the riff that they use during the chorus of ‘Escape’ is probably the most over used ‘heavy’ riff ever. You know the one “duh duh…duh duh…duh duh…duh duh” I’ve heard that in so many songs, it’s incredible. If you start to listen for it you can hear it as far back as Judas Priest, and even Led Zeppelin played that riff. I will admit it’s a good riff for headbanging, though.
My favorite song on here is ‘Behind’, which is an instrumental with a really bleak, dark sound. Depressing! I know what I said earlier, about ‘cliche’ riffs might sound like a dig against this record, but it’s not. I think it’s essential to consider the time and place where a band is making their music. I hate it when I hear people bitch about hearing “another generic hardcore band” without considering where or when that band is from. If you live in a small town you probably don’t have internationally touring bands playing in your basement every week, so if you want to fuckin rock, you have to do it yourself, and if what you like to play sounds similar to what another band plays, so what? As long as the music is played with heart and conviction, that’s what matters to me. Oh yeah, I also just want to say this to a lot of the people who have blogs and websites out there: if you think hardcore and punk stopped being good in 1977 or 1987 or 1997 or 2007, you’re a fool. There’s thousands of great bands out there thrashin their heads off right now.
So I wonder how these guys were veiwed in their hometown, and if they were heard anywhere else in the world. What drove them to put all of the effort into releasing this record? I wonder how this record ended up in a bargain bin in Wisconsin 15 years later, and now I wonder if anyone will hear this an love it….
High quality rips and scans are HERE.