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Boomkat Product Review:
Now here’s an interesting one – a collection of highschool recordings from none other than Dinosaur Jnr.’s J Mascis in full-on hardcore mode with his early band Deep Wound. According to the liner notes, Deep Wound were hugely influential to the UKs grindcore scene popularised by Napalm Death among others and across the twenty seven tracks on ‘Almost Complete’ it’s easy to hear why. Although the band was influenced by the US hardcore of the early 80s, their raw edge gave them something slightly different, no doubt accentuated by the fact the band were so young. There’s an energy, a passion and a naivety to these short bursts of punk rock, and the grittiness of the recordings only serves to enhance that. Compiled from two 7”s and a demo cassette we can hear the development of the band from their early, badly recorded sessions to the proto-metal assault of their later work. Of course we know now that Mascis would go on to bigger and brighter things, but this work has stood the test of time and sounds as head mashing now as it no doubt did at the time. ‘Almost Complete’ is a devastating collection of work and is important for anyone with a passion for early hardcore and of course grindcore (come on, show yourselves!). Huge recommendation.