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When I was just a little cuss, my granddad had a German Shepherd named
Sarge who was by all outward appearances vicious as sin.
Sarge’s previous owner, an old Navy man, had accidentally shot
him while cleaning his gun. Sarge
was pretty much unfazed by it. Or
maybe it made him meaner- it was so long ago I really can’t remember.
I do remember him scaring the hell out of my grandparents’
visitors with his heart-stopping, menacing, shit-in-your-pants-inducing
bark. I also recall that he
used to rip bricks out of the foundation of their porch and trot around
with them in his mouth. Yet
despite Sarge’s ferocity, he was actually a good hearted, gentle dog (at
least to our immediate family) who even once saved my life by preventing
me from falling into a creek. Vision
is the band equivalent of Sarge. After
my first listen and glance at this CD (admittedly I just scanned through
the disc and I was fairly drunk), I had this down as hardass, bone
crushing hardcore, and not really my bag.
I listened to it again awhile later and started to realize that
I’d been dead fuckin’ wrong.
Yeah, it’s powerful and in your goddamn face pretty much
throughout, but there’s an underlying purity and masculine melodiousness
to Detonate that makes listening
to it very much worth your while. You
get 13 songs in total here, and most of ‘em make you want to knock some
fucker on his ass, then happily pull him back up with a smile and a slap
on the back, because it was all done in communal brotherhood after all.
And unlike a lot of hardcore that I reluctantly review, the guys in
Vision ultimately don’t take themselves too seriously.
The fact that they do an awesome, unexpected cover of nearly
forgotten ‘80s icon Greg Kihn’s “The Break Up Song” illustrates
this point better than I can write. If
Sarge wasn’t a dog who had been dead for the last 25 years, he’d
fuckin’ love these guys. –Ben Hunter