Into Another – Self-titled LP
Fronted by Richie Birkenhead, founding member and vocalist of Underdog, joiuned on drums by Drew Thomas from Bold, and the late Tony Bono of thrash metallers Whiplash – the debut full-length from New York rockers Into Another was something of a WTF? moment on its release back in 1991. Extravagant metallic prog-rock, with just a faint trace of hardcore, and pretty fucking slick musicianship. Courageous, defiant and dedicated to the cause of Hard Rock. The passage of time has been generous because with hindsight this album was way ahead of so many of the hardcore musicians that entered the stoner metal/hard-rock arena ever since. Definitely worth a re-appraisal in 2021.