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RIPCORD-Harvest hardcore e.p.-(Raging records-rage02) 1988
Harvest hardcore e.p. 2nd and 3rd press-(Soulforce records) 1989-90
Always thought about posting this but never did until now. I figured someone had surely beaten me me to it on one of the other awesome music blogs that mine the same punk/hardcore territory. After a quick google search, it didn’t turn up (at least I couldn’t find it posted anywhere-correct me if I’m wrong). So here it is in all it’s glory.
Ripcord were one of, if not the BEST, bands in mid 80’s U.K. thrash/ hardcore scene. Sure HERESY were faster (and later featured ripcord guitarist Steven “Baz” Ballam) , the STUPIDS were funnier and SACRILEGE were heavier, but for my money, these guys flat out left those bands in the dust. From the ramshackle early recordings of their demos, the damage is done 7″ flexi and the defiance of power LP to the precise devastation of this 7″ and the poetic justice lp, these guys were unmatched in their absolute ferocity. As witnessed by their choice of cover songs on this record, these guys were influenced by the best of Boston H.C. and it shows, especially in the later releases.
The original pressing of this came out on their own, Raging records label and was also re-pressed twice in the U.S. on Soulforce records with a bonus song (included in this post) and a slightly different cover drawing.
The main reason behind posting this record (besides it’s greatness) is to let everyone know about their new band VIOLENT ARREST. Featuring John Millier (drums), Baz Ballam (guitar) and Steve Hazzard (vocals), it’s basically 3/4 of the original ripcord reunited (although they probably wouldn’t call it a ripcord reunion) . All these guys have been active since ripcord, in such bands as CAN’T DECIDE, DUMBSTRUCK and SPITE but the new band finds them in top form. Setting their sights again on Boston and early American hardcore, the newly released 12″ flat out cooks and has been on my turntable since the day I bought it. Check out VIOLENT ARREST on their myspace page HERE.
Posted by: SurlyOldPunk