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Caustic Defiance/Negative Element-Split CD

Just when you thought all the early 1980’s output from Chicago bands had been put out there, along comes this release. Negative Element was a young, loud, and snotty hardcore band from the Chicago suburbs. Although they played many a show with such heavyweights as Big Black and Articles of Faith, they remained largely unknown outside their hometown. This CD will more than likely change that with such classics as “Anti-PacMan” and “Doughboy” featured here. Hard charging, slash and burn hardcore that will get your blood boiling. Following their break-up after the Stepe brothers moved to Peoria, IL, Caustic Defiance was formed. Fronted by the vocals of Brad Krohn, (whose soccer yearbook picture shown here is worth the price of the whole CD!) this band was also raging against undue authority. Taken from a long lost cassette demo, these tracks rock with reckless aggression. My only beef with this release is it is not arranged chronologically. Other than that this is must-have addition to any 80’s punk fan’s collection.

8.5 / 10Sean K.
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