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Chronical Diarrhoea - The Last Judgement
Review: One of the problems of hardcore music was a lack of documentation or any central authority because the movement was underground and thus, past a few central bands, there were many worthy acts who were never recognized. Thrash -- the genre formed of the hybrid between speed metal and hardcore punk, starting around 1982 -- similarly suffered, and while most people can recognize COC or MDC as important to the genre, very few people identify bands like Chronical Diarrhoea.
In sound, this band is similar to later DRI in that it uses blocky metal riffs with punk undertones in simple hardcore song structures adapted to the specifics of what each song is expressing; influences from the Cro-Mags and Murphy's Law are also evident. While the riffing is not as advanced or distinctive as that of DRI, songs here have a gentleness and beauty that is not achieved elsewhere in the genre; for starters, this vocalist makes punk-style singing wrap itself around graceful but simple melodies. Chronical Diarrhoea present above all else the exuberant energy of youth that both cannot wait to grow up and cannot get enough of life as is, expanding toward both positive and negative opinions with a joy of living that betrays a basic belief that life is good, and any anger herein is directed toward its objects because they are believed to be capable of change and therefore, should they aspire to free will, should be urged toward it.
Plenty of goofy interludes and jokes and vocal kinks intrude, but over time listening to a CD, these are what is forgotten and not what is retained. Pace of songs varies well and there are plenty of quintessential standoffish punk riffs, as well as hilarious vocal characterizations of society (in the sense of Bad Brains or Suicidal Tendencies); if it has any weakness, it is that the punk style of riffing drones repetitive over time, inevitably. However, at once this album is both a comforting affirmation of order and an encouragement to do better, and in that it unites the best of hardcore and metal even though both genres are effectively deceased at the time of this writing.