No Warning: Ill Blood – album review
Gatefold Double LP
As soon as this LP kicks in you are confronted with the fact that No Warning are most definitely a HardCore band with a capital HC tattooed across their knuckles: this reissue features the trademark downstrokes and chuggy metallic guitar sound, pinging bass, snare heavy drums and an Angry Man Shouting, raging himself hoarse.
For those in the know about such things, this LP sounds like many of the bands who graced Don Fury’s famous Coney Island studio and you could be forgiven for thinking these chaps were from the Lower East Side or Boston but you’d be way off. Head north to Toronto. Fittingly, the band released most of their music on East Coast US labels, including Boston’s Bridge Nine Records who now, quite rightly, think this 2002 release deserves to see the light of day again as part of a “Ten Year Anniversary” series of reissues. It hasn’t dated and could equally have been released last week or in the early 90s in the heyday of this style of hardcore, such is the vibrancy of the songs.
I wasn’t supplied with any lyrics so they could be singing about puppy dogs and flowers but my guess is with titles such as “Short Fuse”, “Wound Up” and “Ill Blood” we are dealing with some Tough Guy Hardcore. If tough guy hardcore is your thing, this CD is gonna have you bouncing around the living room two step moshing before ripping off your hooded top, baring your tattooed chest and doing karate kicks at the
sofa. Just don’t let the neighbours see, eh? To ensure that the record collectors are kept happy, Bridge Nine have re-pressed this on “blood and piss” vinyl with a screen print on one side (300 copies), “half blood/half shit” with an etching (700 copies), and “blood and shit” (1,000 copies). I guess it’s just blood, piss and shit colouring cos the real thing might get a bit messy on your stereo.
Some bands get this genre of hardcore right and some try hard but just don’t make the cut for lack of ability, originality, ferocity or due to poor recording. This bunch is bubbling to the surface not far behind exemplars such as Sick Of It All, Madball, Judge and Citizens Arrest – which is the band they most sound like to these jaded ears. But these jaded ears love Citizens Arrest so it gets the thumbs up from me.
Buy the album direct from Bridge Nine.
All words by Nathan Brown. You can read more from Nathan on LTW here.