Buzzov*en

Welcome to Violence

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An example of Buzzov-en's early Allied Records output, Welcome to Violence is a necessary link in the early-'90s D.I.Y. scene chain, where metallic sludge melds to punk brutality in a sick, Southern-fried batter. Collecting the out of print Wound and Unwilling to Explain EPs with their early full-length To a Frown, this disc only serves to remind listeners just how volatile, intoxicated, and bipolar these Charlotte-based noise lovers really were. Through eardrum assaults like "Shove," "Drained," and their very own eight-minute opus "Weeding," fans and curiosity-seekers can relive the nihilism and draw conclusions of their own. Some may find it difficult to imagine the redeeming value in these disturbing, drug-induced themes; however, the notion that longstanding censorship adversary and one-time Dead Kennedy Jello Biafra released this compilation through his own record company makes complete sense.

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