Album Review

Siege – “Drop Dead ” – [Deranged Records]

Thurston Hunger   3/30/2007   A Library, CD

1984 anti-Orwellian hardcore from this formidable Boston four piece. KFJC
has three of the tracks from back then on the “Cleanse the Bacteria”
comp, but everything here tears it up. Reissues have come and gone, but
Deranged evidently has contacted the members from this project that is
mythic but missing after this one official issue. Ripping bass, machine
gun drums and crushing guitar. Kevin Mahoney’s vocals are gripping, often
moving at cyclone speed. Once in a while he gets a pre-cookie monster
rasp going, but he shrieks fantastically and the quick-fire phrasing is
pretty remarkable. Lyrics are right-on-the-money too, glad that they
haven’t been completely swallowed/garbled as today they often are. He
chokes enough ire back to let the message still rise. “Starvation”
has plenty of food for thought, Life of Hate” I’m sure was shouted in
the blank eyes and ears of skinheads. “Sad But True” lines crosshairs
on a *peacekeeping* force. Often choruses are hammered in excellent
fashion…Rob Williams on drums is outstanding and note that he’s the
lyricist most of the time, probably too ticked off to even think about
singing his own songs…he turns that energy into a percussion pounding.
As ruling as the pissed-off punk is one the first eight tracks, the
epic closer “Grim Reaper” shows the lasting legacy of Siege. Mahoney
adds some reverbed sax contortions into the mix, a non-nihilist rage
against death! That track especially showcases the recording skill
of Lou Giordano on this. One nation, under “Siege.”

-Thurston Hunger

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