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Anasarca
Discography 1994-1997
Second Nature Recordings

Rating: 8.5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
So many bands seem to be passed up in their prime that discographies can seem somewhat pointless. Why spend time, energy and money on bands that are no longer together? After all, if they were really that great wouldn't their releases already be in the hands of those who wanted them? Well, in the case of Anasarca, no. This collection of seven songs, recorded in three installments in 1994 and 1995, are so good that they are worth having even today. Especially today.

With hardcore music reaching new levels of ridiculously terrible and unoriginal songs on an almost daily basis, bands like Anasarca are desperately needed to breathe life into a genre that, creatively, scarcely had a pulse to begin with. The fact that these songs were written and recorded more than five years ago is an amazing credit to the members of Anasarca. "Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt" is aptly named, bridging the gap between angst-fueled energy and the melodic craftsmanship that is often lost on the disenfranchised, crusty youth of today. While the first three tracks show a capable and forward thinking mode of operation, they also show the stark development over the latter four songs in the course of only a year. Anasarca moved from the short, fast, deliberately chaotic hardcore formula to a more composed and mature state in such a short time that it is frightening to think of where they could have gone, had they stayed together.

This album, worthy of praise for its content alone, is completed by a beautiful series of photographs and a smart, elegant layout. Beautiful packaging for the beautiful gift inside. This is one of the best hardcore records I've heard in a while and it leaves me a bit depressed that I couldn't have heard it a few years ago when I still had faith in hardcore music.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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