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Obliterations are a Los Angeles punk crew made up of current and former personnel from several noteworthy heavy psych bands. Since forming last year, they’ve released two EPs, and now, on their debut album Poison Everything, they’ve managed the commendable feat of refurbishing (or rather, defurbishing) the mud-caked frameworks of Crass and Nausea.
“The One That Got Away” offers a taste of concentrated chaos, with Stephen Mcbean (of Black Mountain and Pink Mountaintops) and bassist Austin Barber (of Saviours) supplying a sludgy surge to the no-frills hardcore drumming of Flo Schanze—which, in turn, amplifies the swooping growls of vocalist Sam James Velde (of Night Horse). They sound like the reanimated corpse of an Alternative Tentacles band, and yet, Obliterations are a remarkably kind beast, doling out snarling anti-hooks that ring and resonate even after the song’s two-minute runtime. / Pitchfork
This crust punk invention comes from a variety of different bands, including the more psychedelic Black Mountain and Night Horses. Influenced by more straight-up hardcore acts, from the stalwarts Poison Idea to the once canonized Black Flag, Obliterations take us back to when chaotic punk rock was old-school. ‘Poison Everything’ is for blasting loud, which is just as well, as Converge guitarist and punk legend Kurt Ballou produced it. / Norman Records
A press release describes Poison Everything as a “29-minute record full of raw brutality, darkness and aggression,” with the band exploring the history of hardcore and more. Touchstones for the effort include Poison Idea, Discharge, and Black Flag, but Japanese hardcore icons Gauze and GISM are the inspiration for “Mind Ain’t Right,” while the group’s six-stringer Stephen McBean (Black Mountain/Pink Mountaintops) apparently steers “Shame” with a Spacemen 3-styled riff.
Previews have yet to be let loose, but you’ll find the tracklisting down below and the artwork, crafted by noted tattoo artist Derrick Snodgrass. More details on the LP are expected soon. Also on the way will be info on an October trip across Canada with Vancouver-based labelmates Baptists and Torch Runner, as well as U.S. dates with Offenders and a November/December tour of Europe. / Exclaim.ca