No Use for a Name


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Fat Wreck Chords is reissuing early albums by their most popular bands, a potent reminder of where they've been and how far they've come. Incognito was No Use for a Name's debut full-length, a solid slab of hulking hardcore with mighty fists full of metal. At this point, the group was a trio comprised of Tony Sly, Rory Koff, and bassist Steve Papoutsis. Melodies were at a premium, the rhythms were pusillanimous, the attitude angry, and the atmosphere threatening. On the almost Neurosis-like "It Won't Happen Again," they're absolutely menacing, a far cry from their more contemporary sound. Producers Brett Gurewitz and Donnell Cameron give the whole album a shine, smoothing down the more jagged edges and gracing the album with a more coherent feel than the group really had in those early days. No Use for a Name had a way to go, and at this point they were more in the thrall of metal than punk. That would change.

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