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THE DREAM TURNS SOUR LP
01. Twisted Cross
02. Masked Minds
03. Sleepless Nightmare
04. Dance of Death
05. Smurph Song
06. Young Businessman
07. Night on Redneck Mountain
08. The Bad, the Worse, and the Ugly Americans
11. Criminal Justice
12. Shadows, Shadows
13. Keep on Shooting
Label: Discipline Records
Cat #: 001
These guys are pretty versatile but all with a good hard, yet melodic edge. Most of their songs are about mid speed, almost funky chirps, blasts with lyrics that clearly express what this band is into.
-Al Flipside (from Flipside #45, Spring 1985)
This N. Carolina band crams a lot of up-tempo thrash tunes in here (the kind you can snap your fingers to), but better production is needed to beef 'em up and put some power behind their songs. Luckily, there are some deviations like the quasi-surf "Bob's Beach" and the mini-opera send-up called "Night on Redneck Mountain." So, if you've got a few extra bucks, this ain't a bad way to lose 'em.
-Brady Rifkin (from Ink Disease #9, Summer 1985)
This album contains a fair amount of monochromatic thrash on side one, but several tunes of the flip show that the UGLY AMERICANS have an unexpected versatility; I really enjoyed "The Bad, the Worse..." and especially "Bob's Beach," with its surfy overtones. The lyrics are always incisive and hard-hitting, so even though this LP is musically a mixed bag, I can recommend it without too much difficulty.
-Steve Spinali (from Maximum Rocknroll #20, December 1984)