Open Wounds - Invaders - New LP
Limited Edition, Blue Translucent vinyl. European pressing.
With Marko Korac (Vitamin X).
"Open Wounds “Invaders” brings you that classic no-nonsense early 80’s North American hardcore punk sound. 14 catchy songs filled with energy, anger and a good dose of melody. Packed in beautiful surreal SciFi artwork created by the great artist Bill Hauser. This record will make you sing-a-long, stage dive from your couch and circle pit around your kitchen chairs. If you dig classic bands like Minor Threat, Jerry’s Kids, Government Issue, Offenders, Urban Waste, Circle Jerks, CIA, The Abused, Negative Approach, YOT, Gorilla Biscuits but also modern classics such as Career Suicide, Government Warning and Direct Control then this is definitely your cup of tea!" -- bandcamp
"I’d listened to this record dozen times before I actually sat down to review it. I couldn’t put it down and play something else unless NATIONS ON FIRE were around. Speaking of which, this is probably the best name to mention in this case, for two reasons. Both bands are from Europe and both bands play US hardcore, though they do it differently, at times. But, on the other hand, if you listen to “Cogs in the Machine” from this record you may hear similarities to “Dedication” from “Strike The Match”. Decide for yourself.
"OPEN WOUNDS are from Amsterdam, featuring member from VITAMIN X, and this is their second release on Refuse Records. 14 tracks, not too short, not too long but filled with a lot of energy, hardcore riffs and melody. And this melody plays important part here, supported by the sing along choruses. Perhaps you will complain about not enough guitar anger and fury, so the whole thing is kind of not as dynamic as the aforementioned NOF, but well, it’s a matter of personal taste I believe. Lyrically OPEN WOUNDS take a critical stance on the society today but they do surprise you with a song on collecting vinyl records.
"Beautifully released as all Refuse Records are, with mad S-F artwork.
"One of the biggest joys recently. Lovely!" -- sanctuspropaganda.com
New album (2019) from these Amsterdam punks, their second...member of Vitamin X...the sleeve looking like they might go back to the 60s, but the font gives it away--clearly coming from the original intent of USA HC from the early 1980s...offering some variety of the onslaught, some cuts starting with some relatively slower moments before launching into their HC focus, moderately melodic relatively speaking. Apparently they wanted a cool sleeve (by Bill Hauser) you can hang out your wall or gaze at while you listen to the record instead of just another boring black-and-white sleeve with photos of guys screaming into the mic and pounding on instruments--and that's fit into the design on back and on lyric insert.