Absinthe were a dirty, crusty, evil sounding hardcore band led by ex-members of Arizona legendary Groundwork and Bury Me Standing. As my previous post attests, Absinthe seemed to loosen the hold on the political lyrics of previous bands and focus more on the negative associations with mass market religion.
The sounds are lurching, powerful and caustic, like any good hardcore band should aspire to. This 7", which I had never heard, ) and in fact wasnt even aware of its existence at the time it came out) has proved incredibly difficult to track down. I have heard some people mention that they prefer the 7" over the 10" and while that is a difficult call to make I can say that these 4 songs positively seethe with grinding energy.
Big thanks to Luciferyellow (via Mike), for linking me up with this! ^_~
In other Absinthe related news, Brendan, the vocalist (or Vo-kill-ist, as some may prefer) paid us a visit and mentioned that there are plans to re-master and re-release the Absinthe discography. For anyone who has had the pleasure of hearing my damaged rip of the 10" then this should be exciting news. I personally dont need much in the way of recording quality to make me happy, but skips? No good. I am not sure when this will be released, but I will give a shout when I know.
For those that are interested, King of the Monsters Records have repressed the out of print 10" Absinthe record on white vinyl. It is available through them directly or through Interpunk for a whopping $5.50. A wholly worthwhile purchase if this is your thing.