Verbal Assault – “ON / Exit” LP
It has been a long wait – finally, the reissue of the last two EPs from the legendary melodic hardcore troupe from Rhode Island. Both On and Exit were recorded at Inner Ear Studios by Eli Janney in 1989 and then 1991; remastered for this reissue by Nick Townsend, with artwork by Jason Farrell. (Originally both records were released on the Konkurrel label from the Netherlands). Sadly, no inclusion of the Tiny Giants 7″, which was always my favourite Verbal Assault release, nontheless, this is a long over-due recognition of this progressive band’s significant contribution to international hardcore – from a band that was close by the side of Fugazi, inventing new sounds, and constructing a sign post that pointed the direction for bands to follow into the next decade.