Following on from last year's resurrection of "Darby Crash Rides Again" and "The Fatal Erection Years", Southern Lord present to you POISON IDEA's 1986 album "Kings Of Punk"! The Portland hardcore berzerkers rip through 11 freshly remastered studio tracks, as well as three live sets spread over two CDs, brought kicking, screaming and thrashing back to life by Jack Control (WORLD BURNS TO DEATH). As well as the unhinged audio content, this reissue is full to the brim with liner notes, archive flyers and photos of the band from the era.
"Kings Of Punk" is an unmistakeable righteous rage of an album — having tightened up from the nailbomb eruptions of noise of their early material, POISON IDEA really start hitting their stride on this, their second full-length album. Kicking off with the riff DISCHARGE wish they had wrote, "Kings Of Punk" is a big, bold slab of premium U.S. hardcore, with undertones of the hard rockin' bombast which would define their later works. From the crazed splutter of "God Not God", tripping over itself in a wonderful mess of distress, to the sneering, cheering blast of "Made To Be Broken", this is POISON IDEA at their unparalleled, grittiest, snottiest best.
Fans of hardcore punk — this is a must. "Kings Of Punk" perfectly encapsulates one of the most important bands of the era who took the template of the early '80s and perverted it to fit their own twisted desires. The three live sets, taken from the years '84-'86, offer an even more revealing snapshot of POISON IDEA in their destructive prime, drawling insults at the audience, the world and themselves. This 2CD bloated edition package is due for a November 11 release in Europe.