This Friday, Tankcrimes will unchain Sweatin’ 2: Deported Live Gorilla from iconic, now-defunct hardcore punk/powerviolence trio, SPAZZ. Featuring Chris Dodge (also Slap-a-Ham), Dan Lactose, and Max Ward and initially released on 625 Records in 2001 as Sweatin’ 2: Deported Live Dwarf, SPAZZ‘s Sweatin’ 2: Deported Live Gorillaboasts a whopping thirty-five tracks from 1995-1996 culled from splits with Subversion (1995, Deported Records) and now Romantic Gorilla (1996, Sound Pollution Records) not included on the original version, and cover tunes (7 Seconds, A Luta Continua), plus a full live set from KFJC radio (1996). Everything is remastered, or in some cases mastered for the first time ever, by Dan Randall (Ghoul, Impaled et al) at Mammoth Sound. Additionally, the Tankcrimes edition gives Sweatin’ 2: Deported Live Gorilla the digital treatment for the first time ever. Sweatin’ 2: Deported Live Gorillafollows Tankcrimes’ reissue treatment of the band’s legendary Sweatin’ To The Oldies and Sweatin’ 3: Skatin’, Satan & Katon collections, released earlier this year.
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“There is no band that was more emblematic of powerviolence – the grit, the brutality, the jaw-dropping skill and subversive humor – than the legendary SPAZZ,” gushes Clrvynt. Mass Movement agrees. “Along with Charles Bronson, SPAZZ were the epitome of the power violence scene and Sweatin’ II: Deported Live Gorilla is a vital part of its history. Although this is essentially a remastered edition, some of the tracks here are actually mastered for the first time and in my opinion SPAZZ have never sounded better. An absolute must have for fans of the genre and extreme music…” Two Guys Metal Reviews names SPAZZ “one of the foundational powerviolence bands and a band whose influence resonates across basements today,” furthering hailing a “strangely addictive piece of work… While normally being asked to listen to this much powerviolence on one release might sound like a chore, SPAZZ make it a fun experience…. while many of these [types of] remasters seem to take away from the simplistic beauty of the record, here the mastering seems to augment what made SPAZZ‘s music so good in the first place.” Adds No Clean Singing, “For those looking to expand their musical horizons, there is so much here to digest, not just in quantity but quality as well. SPAZZ illustrates a different way a band can excel musically, simplistic on the surface but subtly showing the benefits of endless hours of rehearsals and shared stage time together.”