Icons Of Filth – “Onward Christian Soldiers” LP
The seminal, UK, anarcho-punk classic, that needs nothing in the way of an introduction. Onward Christian Soldiers was released by Mortarhate in 1984. A fierce wall of miltant hardcore punk noise, somewhere lined-up alongside Antisect, Anti-System, Varukers and Dirt. Overshadowed to a certain extent by the more popular Conflict, and yes, Conflict had the superior musicanship (with a guitarist and drummer that were hard to match); but Icons had far better lyrics and unsurpased graphic representation (with the best hand-written text style, ever!). In some respects they were leagues ahead of their anarcho peers, breaking into a heavier, faster stampede of precisely directed rage that left behind the street punk tempo, reaching for a more proto UK hardcore fury. Released in 2020 on vinyl for the first time in American, this version on Punk N Vomit Records (loads better than the shoddy bootleg quality of the recent Let Them Eat Vinyl version) comes with a poster and double sided lyric insert.