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Album Review

The third album by Boston's Slapshot, 1990's Sudden Death Overtime proudly ignores all the trends that had overtaken hardcore since their 1984 debut: no metal moves by the guitarists, no plodding, weed-infused Black Sabbath-like dirge tempos from the rhythm section, no dorky growling from singer Choke Kelly, just straight-ahead straight-edge. The tempos are a hair slower, perhaps, but songs like "Punk's Dead, You're Next" and the righteous "War on Drugs" bristle with well-directed anger, and the shoutalong "Get Me Out" is as close as the band had yet come to a regular pop song. Extra points for the deadpan sarcasm on the Hüsker Dü-like straight-edge cover of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" as well. At a time when hardcore itself, never mind straight-edge, was on the ropes, Sudden Death Overtime proved that some bands were still in the game.


Formed: Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The remnants of several Boston hardcore bands formed Slapshot in the early '80s. The band released its debut, Back on the Map, in 1984. Albums followed in 1988 and 1989; the lineup consisted of vocalist Choke, guitarist Darryl Sheppard, bassist Chris Lauria,...
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