Over the Top Volume One

Various artists

Texas Platters

Over the Top Volume One

(Violent Hippy)

Seattle-based Violent Hippy Records chronicles eardrum-popping Category 5 vortices of metallic destruction from Austin clear on out to Okinawa. A one-two local punch from the Sword ("Winter's Wolves") and Oh, Beast! ("Spontaneous Lee") jump-starts the commotion and does the town proud. Ditto for Gorch Fock's demented ass-shaker "Tap Is Crack" and Velorum's hyper-spastic "Fug," but give Le Force credit for painting Salt Lake City blacker than an old Iron Maiden T-shirt with their epic instrumental "A Good Day for a Hanging."

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