9 Shocks Terror – “Zen And The Art Of Beating Your Ass” LP
It’s always fun to re-discover some of the more obscure releases that this distro carried back in the day, like, say, 9 Shocks Terror. A hardcore punk band from Ohio, that was active from 1996-2006. Made up of various players from the Cleveland scene, I can’t remember all the connections… but there were ties to Gordon Solie Motherfuckers, H-100s and Face Value. And the style was straight-up Japanese hardcore, (Lip Cream most of all). This is their first album (of two), originally released on Devour Records of Japan, in 1999. This is what pre-millennium tension sounded like.