Bad Brains
Bad Brains

Bad Brains

Bad Brains

February, 1982

Alternative/Indie Rock

For fans of hardcore, many would agree that the holy grail of the genre is Bad Brains' self-titled album, originally released back in 1982 as a cassette-only release on ROIR. The ensuing years after its initial release haven't dulled the album's fury and rage in the least, and it's still impressive how the band can switch gears from red-hot hardcore to cool reggae dubs in the blink of an eye.

- Greg Prato

You Can't Pray a Lie
You Can't Pray a Lie

Laughing Hyenas

You Can't Pray a Lie

1989

Alternative/Indie Rock

Recent given a deluxe vinyl reissue by Third Man Records, the debut long player from Detroit's the Laughing Hyenas, 1989's You Can't Pray a Lie, documented their strengths as one of the most ferocious band in underground rock. The lunatic roar of John Brannon's vocals and the elemental snarl of Larissa Strickland's guitar were matched by the brute force of drummer Jim Kimball and bassist Kevin Strickland, and the result was brilliantly disorienting in its physical impact.

- Mark Deming