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Album Review

During the late '80s and early '90s, there seemed to be very few honest-to-goodness punk bands still out there, crisscrossing the States in a broken down van. Sure, there were certainly some Seattle-based acts that were heavily influenced by punk (Nirvana, Mudhoney, etc.) — but many favored long hair over spiky hairdos, and flannels over leather jackets. Not Total Chaos. Heavily influenced by GBH (both visually and musically), the California quartet specialized in punk played at speed metal tempos, and loaded with gobs of shout-along choruses. As its title states, the 2000 compilation, The Early Years: 1989-1993 focuses solely on the group's formative years, and includes such GBH tributes as "Riot City" and "Lives Are Squandered." Not all of the tracks here are pre-recorded (it seems like the further you get into Early Years, the worse the sound quality gets), but the set proves that Total Chaos stood firm in the not always punk-friendly climate of the late '80s and early '90s.

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Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Riverside, CA punks Total Chaos formed in 1988, comprising singer Rob Chaos, guitarist Gary Doom, bassist Joe E. Bastard and drummer Gearbox at the time of their self-released debut LP We Are the Punx, We Are the Future. Doom exited the group soon after, and upon installing new guitarist Ronald McMurder, Total Chaos signed to Epitaph, issuing Pledge of Defiance in 1994. Second guitarist Germ joined the fold for 1995's Patriotic Shock, but by the time of the follow-up Anthems from the Alleyway only...
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