Jan 8, 2008

AREA 51 RECORDS COMP "We Shall Fight in the Streets" 7"


I was feeling rather ambitious (don’t get used to it!) today and whipped up a 2nd post for you chums. Here’s a sweet 7” compilation that came out in 1995. It’s got some great bands on it. First up is an early Catharsis track from 1994, then an Integrity song from their 1987 “Off the Bat” demo, a pummeling track from NJ’s Backlash, and rounded out with a song from h800’s finest Congress. The 7” came with a cool 7” sized lyric sheet booklet complete with an Integrity interview and a brief interview with Backlash who mostly talked about the (then) current straight edge scene. The whole release had a very Inside Front (who conducted the interviews) meets Blood Book feel to it. I really like the grooving heaviness of the Backlash track (which was also on their CD) and the Congress track is a prime example of the predecessors of European metallic hardcore. Catharsis is pretty cool but the Integrity song, as interesting as it is, is pretty horrible. I definitely spun this record a lot when I got it. I can’t remember if Area 51 Records ever went on to release anything else. They were from Tempe, AZ.

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AREA 51 RECORDS COMPILATION "We Shall Fight in the Streets" 7"
Released 1995

http://www.mediafire.com/download/acuhots0p530sf3/Area51RecordsCompilation.zip
1. Catharsis - 100 Years of Solitude
2. Integrity - Enough is Enough
3. Backlash - Why I'm Mad
4. Congress - Acoustic Life

9 comments:

Andrew @ AVERSIONLINE said...

Holy shit, I haven't listened to this 7" in at least a decade, and I just now realized that they didn't put that damn "Enough is Enough" track with the rest of the demo songs as a bonus at the end of "Systems Overload" did they!? What the fuck were they thinking!?

Edwin said...

Area 51 Records also did the Bludgeon 7", decent stuff tho nothing too spectacular. This comp roxxx tho, haven't listened to it in ages, my fave track is the Backlash song, it's just insane.

EMS / COREGASM said...

Shit, i actually have that bludgeon 7" and i've posted it in coregasm.... BLUDGEON POST

Anonymous said...

fuck yeah thanks ! http://forum.funkysouls.com/index.php?s=&act=ST&f=38&t=24999&st=60

Prime Directive said...

Area 51 was responsible for the Gehenna / Apartment 213 split 7". It may or may not have been run by Mike Rhoades (the bassist of Gehenna).

Check my blog for more Gehenna related info (and other 90's SoCal HC):

http://primedirectiverecords.blogspot.com/

Prime Directive said...

Just realized that Area 51 also did the Unconquered "My Pain" 7"

mattack said...

Whoa... blast from the past... I used to be in Catharsis...

sapila said...

what about that double comp cd, digital zero/overload? i think its on area 51.

Anonymous said...

Hi Eric! Could you reupload this wonderful comp 7"? The sendspace link is already dead. And I just want to listen to this record so much! Help me in this matter, please! - Lenny.