Beyond providing an elated response to risen temps and an all around desire to stay in the light, it highly compels my music listening habits. While Fall and Winter tend to be reserved for genres like black metal and death metal and everything downtrodden and depressive, once I get that bit of sun during the first whiffs of Spring, I reach for things more upbeat. Spring and summer present those months where I want to slam my skull to the destructive power of grindcore and power violence. Or raise my fist to the sing-along anthems of crust and d-beat driven hardcore. Maybe, as the title of this piece suggests, intensively rage to the vitriol of thrash and crossover.
So then, considering the date and rise in temperature and the noticeably less gloomy Seattle days, I present my choice for the ten best crossover albums within my terribly opinionated library of listening. Editorial to say the least, and not really objective, these records, while often politically sophisticated are my favorite moments of vitriolic fun the genre has to offer.
10. Cryptic Slaughter - Money Talks (Restless/Death Records 1987)
9. Dayglo Abortions - Feed Us a Fetus (Fringe Product 1986)
8. Attitude Adjustment - American Paranoia (Pusmort 1986)
7. Corrosion of Conformity - Animosity (Death Records 1985)
6. English Dogs - Forward Into Battle (Combat Core 1985)
5. Septic Death - Crossed Out Twice (Bacteria Sour 1999)
4. Dr Know - Wreckage in Flesh (Death Records 1988)
None Shall Defy by Infernal Majesty and Shotgun Justice by Razor. Musically, though, this album kills. A furious delivery of snide social commentary disguised as metal as fuck allegory. The vocals are as distinct if not more so than the above by Septic Death, and most definitely an acquired taste, but damn if it doesn't suit the music. A rabid melting pot of supreme thrash riffs, unfortunately by-the-numbers bass playing, and awesomely bombastic pummeling drums. It's not my absolute favorite, but when I think of crossover epitomized, it comes down to this record. From the epic "Mastermind" and "City Wheels" to the apocalypse of "Rise", it doesn't get much better.
3. Excel - Split Image (Caroline Records 1987)
2. Christ on Parade - Sounds of Nature (Pusmort 1985)
1. DRI - Crossover (Metal Blade 1987)