Sound — 9
Verbal Abuse is a highly influential band in the West Coast hardcore scene. Their debut LP "Just An American Band" was released in '83 and brought them into a chaotic 18 year run that influenced several bands, including DRI and Slayer. They carry a distinct sound in hardcore with a speed so blaringly fast that it's hard to keep up. This band hits impressive tempos of 180+ BPM's with vocals singing on every 8th note. If you want an idea of their sound in a nutshell, imagine Minor Threat with more distortion and less straight edgedness.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics and singing overall are incredible. The vocalist is blaringly fast and shows incredible insight. The rage behind their lyrics is a result of their struggle just to make it out alive. The songs are great for sleeping in the gutter or just beating the shit out of someone.
Overall Impression — 10
All the songs are incredible, and they do a great re-make of American Band. The album is incredible and really captures the spirit of the punk rock scene in the '80s. To quote the band: "Verbal Abuse wasn't a band, a job, or a project, it was a way of life. The EQ came from living in the Vats and Soup Kitchens, the distortion came from not having a shower in weeks, the lyrics came from calling a van in the parking lot home, the speed came from playing so many shows we didn't know where we were." This album is beyond any hardcore album, it's the story of a band who came from nothing to become underground legends. This is a must have!