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Album Review

If by this point you have developed a jones for Saccharine Trust's post-hardcore semi-improvisatory jazz-rock, then this CD — over an hour of live recordings covering a period of eight years — should find a place in your collection. For a vault-clearing compilation, there is very little bullsh*t and lots of inspired bashing and wailing, making this a great purchase for lovers of the arcane and far-out. At its best, Past Lives is astonishing, a hint of how good, warts and all, this band could be.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '00s

Although Greg Ginn's record label SST was, early on, associated with the angry, overamped guitar rant of SoCal hardcore (some of which came courtesy of Ginn's own band Black Flag), SST was also recording bands that pushed the limits of hardcore. Bands like the Minutemen, Universal Congress Of, and especially Saccharine Trust gleefully tossed in chunks of '70s progressive rock, avant-garde jazz, and funky kicks and pops into a stew already percolating with heavy(ish) metal riffing, shouted vocals,...
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