The Lead "Hardcore For Jesus" (2cd Set)

The Lead "Hardcore For Jesus" (2cd Set)

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Retroactive Records
UPC/EAN: 734923080626
Cat#: none
Genre: Christian, Metal
Release Date: October 10, 2006
Format: CD
Available for distribution: No
  1. It's Thru You
  2. Better Off
  3. Get Out of My Face
  4. Question What Authority
  5. You Don't Know
  6. Kill Satan
  7. It's Thru You
  8. The Law Of Love/Throwaway
  9. Second Chance
  10. Lead You To Repent
  11. Question What Authority?/One Step Ahead
  12. Death Of A Gunfighter
  13. Better Off
  14. Lead Us To Salvation
  15. Take Him Home
  16. Get Out Of My Face
  17. Hide His Name
  18. It's A Crazed World
  19. No Religion
  20. Emergency
  21. Revolution In The Heart
  22. No One's An Atheist
  23. XB
  24. Sick Of This
  25. You Don't Need Him
  26. Calling Out To You
  27. Alienated
  28. Abomination/National Pride
  29. He Won't Take A Joke
  30. No Religion
  31. Old Warrior
  32. Tunnel Vision
  33. Puritan
  34. Jesus Became Sin
  35. Change The World
  36. Boring World
  37. Suicide Is A Lie
  38. Internal Pain
  39. Hope You Stay Alive
  40. Oh No! Not Again
  41. To The Ends Of The Earth
  42. Losers
  43. Who's The Victim
  44. I Can't Find It In My Heart
  45. Skate or Die
  46. Kill Satan Mosh
  47. The Empty Sepulchre
  48. Defiance

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Tough rhythms and no frills speed riffing, that recalls the teeth-splittin' fare of Slayer covering Black Flag. 2 CD reissue, 48 songs.

In probing the iron clad hardcore speed metal of THE LEAD's historic, career spanning releases and the manner in which the group effortlessly blends old school speed metal and punk, the term "metalcore" is never one that comes to mind.  That term is reserved for bands of labels like Trustkill and Victory.  With all due respect to those labels and bands (and wishing them contnued success!), the style played by THE LEAD is best captured by a genre description rarely used these days"  "crossover" (think D.R.I., The Crucified, Suicidal Tendencies). 

HARDCORE FOR JESUS is a sonic assault from beginning to end with 2 CDs containing:  ’86 self-titled 4 song 7” EP, ’86 Return Fire 19 song (cassette), ’86 Automoloch 6 song (vinyl) 12” EP, ’87 The Past Behind 6 song 12” vinyl EP (1st recorded version, not the R.E.X. recording), and ’89 Burn This Record (R.E.X.) all of which provides a lesson in stamina that invites the listener to question if the band will outlast the listener or vice versa. 

When THE LEAD hit the scene and released their debut self-titled, four song 7’ record on their own, it seemed to many a nearly impenetrable cacophony of sound (which is great for fans of punk-n-thrash!). And, with each release, the band seemed to get heavier and faster.  Over two decades later, it’s easy to see that The Lead’s music was incredibly ahead of its time.  Touring nationally, and opening for such legendary bands as D.R.I. and Suicidal Tendencies only cemented the bands place in the early hardcore/metal scene.  

The ’85 four song debut EP is full of The Crucified-styled aggressive punk that would make any fan of the Sex Pistols, Black Flag, and the Dead Kennedys rejoice.  Music critic, Brian Quincy Newcomb dubbed them the “God Pistols”.  1986’s Return Fire only intensifies with 19 live songs that are harder, faster, and very raw!  Automoloch made it clear the group’s love of pure speed remained in tact.  You even get a cover of Resurrection Band’s “Alienated,” complete with speed metal riffs!   With The Past Behind EP, the band began adding the unusual arrangements, varying tempos, and dissonant nuances that paved the way to a wholly distinctive sound all their own. These experiments (rooted in the works of both Venom and early Slayer) were fleshed out even further on Burn This Record, which took the band deeper into heavy thrash and metal than they had ever gone before.  

THE LEAD was always about old school spirit, and this is a metal band that happens to love thrashing it up!  This is about tough rhythms, and no frills speed riffing, that recalls the teeth-splittin' fare of Slayer covering Black Flag!  Just remember, the beatdowns and thrashing you hear on HARDCORE FOR JESUS have nothing to do with metalcore and everything to do with the real possibility of well, being beaten down and thrashed at a LEAD show...and the guy doing it won't be wearing eyeliner and a My Chemical Romance t-shirt. 

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