Die Kreuzen
Die Kreuzen


4.0
excellent

Review

by butcherboy CONTRIBUTOR (114 Reviews)
February 26th, 2018 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: no room for the small to grow..

A half-hour frenzy of pissed-off gloom and doom, Wisconsin’s Die Kreuzen’s eponymous debut LP is an oft-omitted gem of the 80’s newly-revitalized punk bustle, a brusk implosion that threatens to short-circuit at any moment. The band’s crossover appeal, and why they’ve been endorsed by anyone from bassist extraordinaire Mike Watt to grindcore pioneers Napalm Death and Quebec omni-metallers Voivod, is easy enough to understand. There’s more at play on Die Kreuzen than mere fuzzed-out hardcore schisms played at neck-snapping tempos. Rapid-fire pace shifts, rubbery bass exercises, and throaty screams make the skeleton of the record, but slight experiments with tonal atmosphere, as well as sneakily-nuanced short chord progressions, which get dropped in seemingly at random and all over the place, splice in all sorts of good into Die Kreuzen, landing them everywhere from horrorpunk (All White), oi sensibilities (Mannequin) and the sort of noise-affected rock their Touch and Go peers were cutting their path in (No Name). That ragged anxiety that courses through the LP was already becoming a cottage industry for unknown DIY bands emerging out of Middle America’s unceremonious retirement into economic decay and cultural obscurity. Like fellow Wisconsin punk and noise outfits Tar Babies and Killdozer, the nervy anger of in-utility and ingloriousness is wherein the spirit of Die Kreuzen lies. On “*** Ups,” they even try their hand at some screeching uplift, rousing forgotten young’uns to shake off torpour and try and climb up. Die Kreuzen, short and overlooked as it may be, is yet another needful document of chronic discontent foaming over the rim of the Midwest, briefly making fire-breathers out of scrawny mallrats decked out in Misfits tees.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2018


8095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hallo..

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BMDrummer
February 25th 2018


14192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck yes this got a rev



got a copy of this over the summer out in utah, sounds so good loud

Frivolous
February 25th 2018


782 Comments


remember jamming this once and liking it a lot, should go back to it

nice rev butch

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BallsToTheWall
February 26th 2018


48646 Comments


I'll check this out tomorrow.

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Papa Universe
February 26th 2018


15223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers for this.

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butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2018


8095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cheers, one and all..

SandwichBubble
February 26th 2018


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I always miss the important reviews.

good reivew

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butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2018


8095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wait until you see what I got for tomorrow, Sandwich.. only me and you will care..

Papa Universe
February 26th 2018


15223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can bet y'ass that I'll care the crap out of whatever it is going to be.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
February 26th 2018


11468 Comments


Great review butcher

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butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2018


8095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Uni, you don't have it rated but I bet you'll like it.. and thanks very much, Scuro pal!!

Papa Universe
February 26th 2018


15223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mate, I don't have most things rated.

Papa Universe
February 27th 2018


15223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is the 4est record in all of 4 history

Chortles
February 27th 2018


21191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love these shorties butcher, you pack so much in such little space. i love this band, one of the best of this style and era for sure. cows and beer is even better than this in my book

pjorn
February 27th 2018


4310 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nice job mane

WeepingBanana
February 27th 2018


10479 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Not sure I'd call this overlooked lol, maybe for sput. Also, not sure I'd ever dare call a DK song oi, but you do you.



October File is also sick as hell. Not as consistent or ripping as this of course but very worthwhile

WeepingBanana
February 27th 2018


10479 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Also cows and beer is worth it alone for



walking down the street

You're too cool to talk to me

But you, you ain't so cool

In fact

You're just a fool




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