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Earth Crisis
Last of the Sane
Victory Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
After ten years of churning out hardcore music, Earth Crisis has finally began to make a splash in the mainstream. What better way to emphasize that fact than by releasing an album of covers and B-sides? This record is one that the average "I've heard of these guys" kind of listener won't necessarily need to purchase, but the avid EC fan will not hesitate to add to his/her collection. That being the case, sales of Last of the Sane should serve as a decent success meter for the boys from Syracuse.

The record opens with a crunchy version of "Hell Awaits" by Slayer. Then the band tears through Led Zeppelin's classic "Wanton Song," complete with it's tremolo bridges. Next, a Black Sabbath tune, and the Stones "Paint It Black." Moving away from the classic rock giants, with no warning whatsoever comes the melee known as "Holiday in Cambodia," followed by a DYS ditty and of course, Misfits.

These covers are all done it that familiar Earth Crisis way. In other words, the songs are shredded, and sound similar. Yet the material which the band has chosen to tribute is a fair representation of many elements of their original music, and probably suggestive of their influences.

There are three previously unreleased tracks left to finish off the disc. Two these are demo versions, though it's hard to tell. They sound well produced and it raises the question; "what kept these versions out of print in the first place?"

Reviewed by Ryan Guffey


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