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HOW WE ROCK 12"
01. How We Rock Intro
02. How We Rock
03. Words That Kill
04. The Choice
05. On the Road
06. What It Takes
07. What If I
Label: Modern Method Records
Cat #: MM 22
Up until now SSD were one of my favorite hardcore bands. I usually enjoy when bands try to diversify their sound, however I keep asking myself "Is this the new AC/DC album?" If that doesn't make you sceptical try this one - David Spring (as he's now known) recently proclaimed at the Jerry's Kids farewell show in Boston that hardcore is dead. He also said that since SSD started the hardcore scene in Boston that they could now kill it by switching their sound to heavy metal. How egotistical! I guess maybe they think their shit doesn't stink but this album sure does. What a shame!
-Greg C. (from Task #1, March 1985)
Various thoughts that came to mind while listening: I'd like this a lot more if all the squiggly rock guitar solos were half as long / The lyrics are still good / There's "power" here, but where's the spark? / The band really likes the record / "Musicianization" (thanks, Ken Lester) will kill punk rock / This is a short album, but looong / The cover says it all (who's Alan Barile, David Spring? / This isn't fun, but would it be better at 45 RPM? / There--I did this without once saying "heavy metal."
-Tim Yohannan (from Maximum Rocknroll #18, October 1984)