Poison Idea
Pick Your King


4.5
superb

Review

by C.F. USER (19 Reviews)
August 20th, 2015 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No-nonsense

Pick Your King is an exemplary document of professionalism in US hardcore. For as sloppy and brash as it presents itself, when it comes down to it, every component to this EP is completed to near perfection. It employs a democratic mix of scratchy guitar riffs and speedy hardcore beats, allowing no one component of the song to drown any other while front man Jerry A. paradoxically sounds as focused as he is exhausted in his intense vocal delivery. They achieve rawness through both their performances and their production. Songs like “Cult Band” and the “Last One” and “Pure Hate” medley really highlight Poison Idea’s ability to be extremely powerful while maintaining a lean, featherweight sound (which is ironic if you’ve ever seen a picture of them). Later on they’d get fatter and do more drugs and adopt a more beefier metallic hardcore sound, which still kicked a ton of ass, but Pick Your King is a distilled 13 minute landmark that should not be ignored. It’s a wonder how five people, most likely very manic in nature, could get together and make something so single-minded and vivid.



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WeepingBanana
August 19th 2015


10450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuck reviewing

deathschool
August 19th 2015


20394 Comments


Sweet

TheSonomaDude
August 19th 2015


4868 Comments


That dude in the band pic is fucking ginormous. Hope he does vox.

deathschool
August 19th 2015


20394 Comments


I'm listening to this now, and it kicks copious amounts of ass

Cygnatti
August 19th 2015


29520 Comments


not a fan of their debut, is this better?

Parallels
August 19th 2015


8752 Comments


its really good

these guys pretty much were the punk scene in portland

Digging: Crystal Castles - Amnesty (I)

WeepingBanana
August 19th 2015


10450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is their debut ?

Parallels
August 19th 2015


8752 Comments


yea youre right, whoops

Cygnatti
August 19th 2015


29520 Comments


i meant debut LP, it seems like most people mean the first full album when they simply say "debut"
that or im dumb [2]

WeepingBanana
August 19th 2015


10450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah it's their best

WeepingBanana
August 21st 2015


10450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I KNOW WHAT'S COMIN I CAN'T WAIT

jagride
October 19th 2015


2676 Comments


good review
gonna listen to this later it's been a while

WeepingBanana
October 19th 2015


10450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This winter is going to be a lot of poison idea, a lot of RP and a lot of Scandinavian d-beat

jagride
October 19th 2015


2676 Comments


for a huge ice cream eating beer swilling motherfucker pig champion could geetar pretty hard



WeepingBanana
October 20th 2015


10450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah it actually doesn't make physical sense. You could probably feed a small village with all the food that got caught under his fat flaps on any given day



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