Whenever I think of Baltimore, I think of John Waters. And when I think of bands with names like Radical Discharge, I think of John Waters. Enemy Insects, however, sounds more like a Burroughs thing. But whenever I listen to either one of these, I think of a mass orgy of sloppy punk death and the clean up that will be required after. Don’t forget to wear an oxygen mask and watch out for singing assholes in the pit. Yikes!
First off, this has to be one of the more badass album covers I have ever seen. I would purchase this album strictly for the cover even if I knew both of these bands sound like verbal diarrhea… rest assured, they do not.
Enemy Insects is furious with super speedy cacophony. “Live To Die” is just as it sounds. It’s like a driving with your feet at high speeds through a mountain side road while shaking PBR tall boys out the driver window and screaming bloody murder for no apparent reason. Although this split 12” inch has every reason to be important in its immediacy.
Enemy Insects may sound like a cluster fuck, but in context, they are a very tight group, pounding ultra engrossed punk hardcore while sprinting to the end of each song. The amount of energy exposed on this side of the 12 inch is mesmerizing. I can imagine an evening with this band to be very intense.
Radical Discharge is a little more classic in their punk hardcore construction. The power guitar solo on “Iron Eagle” shows that this band is more concentrated with complexities than the sheer intensity of it all. Where Enemy Insects channels the roughness of GG Allin, this band looks more back to 1970s era Judas Priest for their foundation.
For a split there is no dull moment to be had. Each group presents a fistful of great tunes that will have you convulsing from its intensity.