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  • This was arguably THE “crossover” album of the 80s, one of the crucial slabs of vinyl(remember those?)that “brought punks and metalheads together”. It seemed like metalheads heard the S.O.D. album and went right out and grabbed this along with D.R.I.’s “Dealing With It”, another “crossover” classic(that word always bugged me). What you get here is basically fast Black Sabbath with a healthy dose of heavy, rhythmic Black Flag action. You can bet Lars Ulrich was listening to Reed’s drumming and wondering if he(Lars) had arthritis, and I remember fanzines proclaiming this record to rival Slayer or even top them(their most recent piece at the time was “Hell Awaits”, so that’s definitely fair comment, and remember C.O.C. were a three piece!). Anyway, the world and the human race is thirsting and hungering for this record to come back out, remastered with bonus tracks. If the first two Cryptic Slaughter albums get that kind of treatment, the Exploited, Broken Bones for crying out loud, why not Animosity? P.S. you know if two or three popular regional hardcore bands stole their names from C.O.C. song titles, there’s something good going on here. Yeah!

    Posted on March 16, 2010