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I first heard this 7 inch many years ago. I remember being instantly captivated by how unique and downright chilling this recording is. To this day I have never heard anything that sounds like it. Come to think of it, I think I refused to return the record to my friend. (Sorry, Dustin. I was just trying to survive.) These four songs are dark and powerful hardcore punk with an otherworldly tinge. Part of the chill-inducing power comes from the amazing female vocals by Whisper. Let me tell you, there is no whispering on this record. The urgency and emotion of her performance is contagious. It is one of those records where you are immediately compelled to grab the lyric sheet, because you just have to find out what these people are so worked up about. The other reason for the record’s strange sound is the guitar. It’s in the way it is tuned and distorted that always gives me goosebumps I think.
Zero Hour dropped this 7 inch EP and then a split LP with a band called Apeface. After that they slipped into obscurity. I love that I get to share this amazing recording with you folks. I honestly can’t overstate how these four songs helped me cope over the years. Phenomenal stuff.
Year of Release: 1994 Label: Spiral Records Genre: Hardcore Punk, Crust Punk Media: Vinyl Format: MP3 Bitrate: 320 kbps
Track List: A1. The Image of Man (3:02) A2. I'll Never Forget (2:48) B1. In Shackles of the Human Skin (3:09) B2. One of the Living (3:41)