"1987 - 1991" (Bridge Nine; 2005)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Seminal hardcore troupe Wrecking Crew's most influential years are chronicled on this 26-track reissue compilation. Known for being one of the pioneer acts that bridged the gap between metal, punk, and hardcore, this Boston outfit's snarling vocal delivery and subtle yet heavy riffs sound as imminent today as they did back in the their heyday, as songs like "1000 Yard Stare" and "Judgment" laid the blueprint down for countless underground rockers to start their own quest for success. 

Containing live cuts and out-of-print tracks, as well as a good indication of East Coast hardcore in its infant stages, this disc is a worthwhile purchase for any hardcore fan who wants to know more than Hatebreed and Terror. 

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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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