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

Sin Disease
Sin Disease

Scaterd Few

Sin Disease

1990

Alternative CCM

No one could have been adequately prepared for the sort of seismic jolt set off by Sin Disease upon its release. Merciless, brutal, neurotic, Tourettic, and consistently stunning, Scaterd Few's debut didn't push the boundaries of rock -- it annihilated them. Scaterd Few summoned a mad-scientist hybrid of dub, reggae, post-punk, and heavy metal that outshone even visionary avatars like the Pop Group.

- J. Edward Keyes