When I saw this record in the review box from MCR Company, I thought “no way, why would I get a review album from such a well known and respected band like Extreme Noise Terror?” As I read the letter written by Dean Jones, it dawned on me that this record is actually REALLY different. What I have here is three songs recorded for the Earslaughter split with CHAOS U.K. in December 1986. Only one of the songs went onto the split (False Prophet), and the other two songs were never played live or released in any other way. Basically, no one has heard the songs (Tear it Down, and What a State) since that recording session at the end of 1986! Unfortunately these songs are so underground that Dean Jones himself couldnt find / remember the lyrics. This ep is the first ever recording with Mick Harris on the drum kit, all other members are the original lineup.
Three crust as fuck songs in a blistering four minutes, this is mid 80’s English punk at arguably it’s most aggressive era. The bass is tuned high and is very clear, the guitar also tuned kinda high and becomes a maelstrom of bludgeoning force at top speed. Classic dual high / low vocals, as always barely intelligible since they sing so damned fast. What A State is the first recorded time that these guys us the blast beat, and they nail it down perfectly in short brutal bursts of absolute rage.
Cover artconcept by the guy who found the tapes, Dean Jones himself. Inside is some cool photos of the band during recording, and damn they were young! Songs were remixed and mastered at Springvale Studios in Ipswish England during June 2013 by Dean Jones and others. This is a must – have for collectors and serious fans of ENT. Co-released by MCR Company and Lowlife Records.