Hart Gore/Mean Man's Dream

Hart Gore/Mean Man's Dream

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Southern Lord's reissue program for all kind of 1980s era metal/punk/hardcore efforts seemingly lost to history continues with this double-disc monster, covering the first two albums by the Dutch band Gore from 1986 and 1987. Hearing the group's approach in light of later efforts -- an often-times powerful stomp and crunch, all instrumental and…  See more details below

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Southern Lord's reissue program for all kind of 1980s era metal/punk/hardcore efforts seemingly lost to history continues with this double-disc monster, covering the first two albums by the Dutch band Gore from 1986 and 1987. Hearing the group's approach in light of later efforts -- an often-times powerful stomp and crunch, all instrumental and unafraid of immediate catchy riffs, with songs like "Out for Blood" and "Chainsaw" being standouts (the quick, scraping guitars starting the latter are shockingly great) -- makes a good case for the band being well ahead of its time; one gets the feeling that they could be on a bill with groups like Isis, Mogwai,f or Trans Am and nobody would blink. Add in a knack for blunt, often wry songtitles -- "Axe of Revenge," "He Knows You Are Alone," and "Meat Machine" are among the best -- to go with the band name and it's little surprise why there's still interest in the trio's work. Besides an excellent remastering job courtesy of Martijn Alsters -- both Pieter de Sury's guitars and Danny Arnold's drums sound especially spectacular, while Marij Hel's bass holds down the fort -- and an extensive band history with a slew of photographs, the reissue's main appeal lies in the bonus tracks on each disc, essentially consisting of alternate versions of each album drawn from demos, alternate takes, and live performances. Understandably varying sound quality aside, it's a treat to hear the band's work this way, especially in a live context -- enthusiastic crowd cheers show they weren't operating in a vacuum -- though some of the performances are little different from the final takes. Still, hearing vocals here and there does make for a definite change, even if, as on the version of "Search" added to Mean Man's Dream, they're more half-understandable howls than anything else.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2008
Label:
Southern Lord
UPC:
0808720009620
catalogNumber:
96
Rank:
263920

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Extirpation  -  Gore
  2. To the Gallows  -  Gore
  3. After  -  Gore
  4. Axe of Revenge  -  Gore
  5. Out for Blood  -  Gore
  6. USA Is Calling  -  Gore
  7. Death Is Coming  -  Gore
  8. Fear  -  Gore
  9. In the Eye of the Sniper  -  Gore
  10. He Knows You Are Alone  -  Gore
  11. Extirpation  -  Gore
  12. To the Gallows  -  Gore
  13. After  -  Gore
  14. Axe of Revenge  -  Gore
  15. Out for Blood  -  Gore
  16. USA Is Calling  -  Gore
  17. Death Is Coming  -  Gore
  18. Fear  -  Gore
  19. In the Eye of the Sniper  -  Gore
  20. He Knows You Are Alone  -  Gore
  21. Death Has Come  -  Gore
  22. The Hunt  -  Gore
  23. Station to Station  -  Gore

Disc 2

  1. Mean Man's Dream  -  Gore
  2. Search  -  Gore
  3. Love  -  Gore
  4. Last Steps  -  Gore
  5. Chainsaw  -  Gore
  6. The Bank  -  Gore
  7. Back Home  -  Gore
  8. Loaded  -  Gore
  9. Meat Machine  -  Gore
  10. Out for Sex  -  Gore
  11. Mean Man's Dream  -  Gore
  12. Search  -  Gore
  13. Love  -  Gore
  14. Last Steps  -  Gore
  15. Chainsaw  -  Gore
  16. The Bank  -  Gore
  17. Back Home  -  Gore
  18. Loaded  -  Gore
  19. Meat Machine  -  Gore
  20. Out for Sex  -  Gore

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