Scream Until We Die collects 78 tracks recorded between 1981 and '84. The group was fronted by Tom Dark, who's better known for Stepsister, which begat Amps II Eleven. Extensive liner notes feature pictures of the now-legendary figures as moody kids who apparently spent a ton of time in each other's basements, taking notes on the Germs and TSOL.
Dark is given to raw screaming -- a novelty at the time. The band always sounds like it's about to go off the rails, but it never does. The unpolished tunes range from flat-out hardcore ("Hit Squad") to gloomy post-punk ("Hall of Mirrors"). Some enterprising young band should save the 10 bucks it would spend on the next Victory Records release. Buy this instead -- steal the songs, and wait for the record-deal offers to roll in.
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