I was recently turned on to Final Conflict’s seminal album Ashes To
this Pitchfork album review. The
album review made the album sound awesome, and I’m pretty into some of
the other acts from the 80’s LA/OC hardcore scene (e.g. Black Flag,
TSOL, Adolescents), so I had to check it out.
Put simply, this album is fucking great. I personally have a strong
preference for the hardcore sound (i.e. compared to thrash/black/heavy
metal) because that’s the shit I grew up on, so even though the whole
scene was a bit before my time I get nostalgic for it. That said,
there are some pretty prominent metal influences in this album that
clearly place the album in the late 80s. For instance, the track
Abolish Police features some awesome wailing guitar sections not as
common in the earlier hardcore stuff (but seen for example in the
later Black Flag material). Some of the tracks like Shattered Mirror
strongly evoke the sound of some other LA/OC acts like TSOL or
Adolescents; in particular, this track reminds me of some of the
tracks from the Adolescents’ debut album. There are some awesome
samples of Reagan-era political speeches on tracks like Political
Glory and The Last Sunrise.
tl;dr if you’re into hardcore stuff, check this album out.