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COMMON ENEMY 12"
01. Common Enemy
02. Favorite Gun
03. Insane Hyena
04. Red Harvest
05. Sex Song
06. Read a Book
Label: Live Cheap or Die! Records
Cat #: LCOD 0001
Here's a potentially hot release almost ruined by lackluster production. The vocals are psycho, the songs have interesting, off-kilter structures and some catchy sing-along parts, and the clean Feederz-style fret work is unusually imaginative, but the wimpoid guitar sound here severely detracts from Ring of Fire's overall impact. It's too bad, because these guys also have a lot to say (as in "Read a Book," the title cut, and "Sex Song"). Their future looks bright, though.
-Jeff Bale (from Maximum Rocknroll #18, October 1984)