Back in the late 80s, when metal and hardcore crossed over, bands like Corrosion of Conformity, DRI, Crumbsuckers, Cro-Mags, The Accused, all straddled the line between the angst and fury of hardcore and the blistering crunch of metal before Nirvana would perfect it and take it to another level. One of my favourite records from the time is Trial by Rhode Island punks Verbal Assault. I still love that record for its relentless aggression and power, and something about Philadelphia’s Ladder Devils reminds me of VA.
There’s a lot to like about Ladder Devils latest output – Clean Hands (out on Brutal Panda) – it’s aggressive, in-your-face like Unsane or Future of the Left, and like Nirvana, they know how to write a hook. Midnight Eyes needs to be be played very loud while you scream – “I am not an angry man, I swear!”