"Circus of Chaos" (Southern Lord; 1985)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

A reissue of Clown Alley's only full length record, "Circus of Chaos" is an old school crossover record that merges blistering thrash a la Violence ("Unplugged") and ambient slow movements. 

Adorned with bonus material such as interviews and demos and boasting not one, but two ex-bass players from The Melvins, this unearthed release from the Bay Area outfit offers a glimpse of the early days of extreme music from the West Coast, if nothing else. 

While this disc can be hardly be heralded as essential, it does fill in the gaps nicely and compliments your DRI records just fine.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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