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LOU KOLLER FROM SICK OF IT ALL’S QUINTESSENTIAL GUIDE TO HARDCORE, DAY ONE

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To celebrate the release of Sick of it All’s awesome new album, Based on a True Story, we asked SOIA vocalist Lou Koller to compile the definitive list of quintessential hardcore albums. Luckily for us and all of you, he agreed! So we’ll be running one entry a day from Lou’s list of the top-ten (+1) hardcore records of all time for the next couple of weeks. To follow, pelase find the first installment. We hope you enjoy…

Here we go – ten (or so) hardcore albums that you should check out. I tried to touch on albums that made an impact on not just the hardcore/punk scene, but music in general. I know I left some out, but the list would have to be the top 3,000 to fit in every one. I also stayed away from any of our albums, ’cause that seemed cheesy, to put our own stuff on the list we were writing. So here they are, in no particular order:

Discharge, Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing

Distorted, loud and angry! When this album came out it was the rawest stuff ever at the time. Why do you think Kirk Hammet was wearing their shirt on the Master of Puppets album? This one, along with it’s predecessor, Why, gave birth to the grindcore scene. Though they don’t seem to play that fast when compared to all those who came after, it was their distortion that made them sound outrageous and heavy – a lot heavier than all the other hardcore punk out at the time.

Later,

Lou

Based on a True Story is out now on Century Media. Visit Sick of it All on MySpace for tour dates and all the latest news from the band.

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