Bl'ast! Blood on LP
Unearthed Bl'ast! Recording Session from the Mid-80s Mixed by Dave Grohl in 2013!
The highly influential Santa Cruz hardcore legend: Bl'ast! formed in 1982 and released its first album, The Power of Expression in 1985. Their debut album completely blew everyone away and would go onto be one of the must-have classic hardcore albums of the '80s. Bl'ast! was beyond intense and continually pushing the boundaries of hardcore with their advanced musicianship and overall ability to completely explode during live performances.
This overwhelming power caught the attention of SST records who released the band's second album It's In My Blood in 1987 followed by Take The Manic Ride in 1989. As always, Bl'ast! was reaching to get heavier and as manic as possible and this intense perseverance became an influence for many bands to come. However, shortly after their third release, the band broke up and their story was buried by time and dust...until now!
In early-2013, Bl'ast! guitarist Mike Neider contacted Southern Lord with news that he had found some mysterious old Bl'ast! master tapes in an abandoned storage locker. They were sent to a studio to be baked as the tape quality had deteriorated...they were 25 years after all. Once they had been baked and the audio information had been transferred digitally it was time to find out just what was on these mysterious tapes.
Southern Lord contacted long time Bl'ast! fiend Dave Grohl about mixing this recording and his response was an enthusiastic, "Fuck yeah! Let's do this!" Once inside Grohl's famous 606 studios and with the Neve console featured in his documentary Sound City, a completely unheard, unreleased Bl'ast! recording session from the mid-80s was brought to life.
The band is absolutely on fire on this recording, a line-up augmented by second guitarist William Duvall (Neon Christ) who had moved from his hometown of Atlanta out to Santa Cruz on a tip from mutual friends Corrosion of Conformity to join the band at the time. Duvall is now the new vocalist/guitarist for Alice In Chains.
From the thunderous bass intro of "Only Time Will Tell" to the apocalyptic warnings of "Its In My Blood" the album completely rips and rages from start to finish. All parties involved were completely amazed at how vibrant, unique and new the material sounded. Blood is a crucial purchase for any current hardcore fiend as well as all fans of the band from back in the day. Mastered by Brad Boatright (OFF!, Sleep, High on Fire, Nails).
Bl'ast! Blood Track Listing:
1. Only Time Will Tell
4. Winding Down
5. Look Into Myself
6. Your Eyes
10. Something Beyond
11. It's In My Blood