Poison Idea
Pick Your King


4.5
superb

Review

by WeepingBanana USER (19 Reviews)
August 20th, 2015 | 18 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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Comments:Add a Comment 
WeepingBanana
August 20th 2015


10532 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fuck reviewing

Son of Mr. Pain
August 20th 2015


24992 Comments


Sweet

TheSonomaDude
August 20th 2015


6875 Comments


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

Son of Mr. Pain
August 20th 2015


24992 Comments


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

Cygnatti
August 20th 2015


32946 Comments


not a fan of their debut, is this better?

Parallels
August 20th 2015


8858 Comments


its really good

these guys pretty much were the punk scene in portland

WeepingBanana
August 20th 2015


10532 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is their debut ?

Parallels
August 20th 2015


8858 Comments


yea youre right, whoops

Cygnatti
August 20th 2015


32946 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 20th 2015


10532 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah it's their best

WeepingBanana
August 21st 2015


10532 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I KNOW WHAT'S COMIN I CAN'T WAIT

jagride
October 19th 2015


2939 Comments


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

WeepingBanana
October 19th 2015


10532 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

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


2939 Comments


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



WeepingBanana
October 20th 2015


10532 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah it actually doesn't make physical sense

WeepingBanana
June 7th 2018


10532 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Listened for the first time in a while yesterday. US hardcore bible right here

Sharkattack
August 9th 2018


1262 Comments


For some reason I haven’t heard this yet but this band slays so hard

hal1ax
October 21st 2018


14289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so good



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