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Dresden 45 | Paradise Lost | review | hardcore | Lollipop

Dresden 45

Paradise Lost (Arclight)
by Ari M. Joffe

This here is the definitive collection of Dresden 45's work. The Texas-based hardcore band's tenure ran from '87-'93, and with this 20 track disc, you get pretty much all the tracks they ever recorded in one lethal package. It's hardcore: Fast, loud, riffy, and full of teen angst. There were tons of bands in the underground at the time playing this kinda stuff: Cryptic Slaughter, Suicidal Tendencies, D.R.I., etc. all rolled with it. Dresden 45 did it as well as any of 'em, and the proof's right here. Tunes like "Coexistence," "Jarvik 7," and "Mainlined" are mile-a-minute political tirades, pumped up with some awesome guitar solos, courtesy of Patrick Godbey. The dude wails, plain and simple.

So, yeah, this rocks. If you're into hardcore, this will definitely scratch your itch. If you're not too familiar with the genre, well, here's a great place to start.

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