BLITZ - "SECOND EMPIRE JUSTICE" LP
Hardcore and punk, truly glorious hardcore punk, evolves poorly - the primitive force of the music is its appeal - bored songwriters tend towards complexity to illustrate their personal growth - as their hair gets long, their songs get long - as their hair waves, their songs wave - as they age, their friends and family are more embarrassed by their bloodstained shirts and concussion - they long to express their feelings, exhibit their prowess, demonstrate their style.
The crossover thrash era of a band will rarely trump their early hardcore brilliance, and rare doth the studio save the ponderous post-punk band from sounding bloated in contrast to their early lean, hungry incarnation. There's plenty of exceptions, of course - Lulu's stocks EXCEPTIONS - but generally it's shit hardcore becoming good rnr, which isn't our focus here.
SO, here's an exception: Blitz become sensitive skins! Second Empire Justice is an exceptional post-punk record, treading similar territory to Warsaw's development into Joy Division or Crisis into Death In June, the startling contrast between the raw hardcore of early era Siekiera and their Killing Joke obsessed masterpiece Nowa Aleksandria.
PUKE N VOMIT:
Released a year after their much hearled debut album 'Voice of a Generation' , 'Second Empire Justice' features half the members from the original line-up and with a new sound. While initially being an Oi!/Skinhead Punk band, on 'Second Empire Justice' they not only changed members and their look but also their sound and released a Post-Punk classic with a heavy dose of Joy Division worship, produced by Chris Nagle. While Nagle had also produced their debut album, he had also engineered the Joy Division and New Order albums under Martin Hannett and had also engineered various other post punk albums of the day from the likes of The Durutti Column, A Certain Ratio and Magazine.
Together the band and Nagle created a masterpiece while not appreciated at the time, especially by their original skinhead/Oi! fanbase. The album would go onto influence tons of post-punk/darkwave bands that sprouted from the ashes of punk/hardcore bands decades later and become one of the most sought after albums of the golden age of post-punk.. So sit back and listen to these beautiful moody haunting guitars, dancing basslines and emotionally fragile vocals all the while retaining a punk ferocity.
For Fans of : Joy Division, Magazine, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Killing Joke, The Middle Class
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