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Excel: Split Image

This is a reissue of a classic hardcore album originally released in 1987. Excel hailed from Venice, California and was definitely one of the driving forces not only behind California hardcore but also crossover punk and thrash. The early albums have been re-released before but are not readily available. With this remastered release, fans are able to get their hands on this classic release and enjoy two demos from the mid 1980s that are actually pretty strong. CD and vinyl versions of this release also include a booklet with rare photos. Overall, it's a good package, particularly for those of us who love 80s hardcore and want to fill in the gaps in their collections.

As far as reviewing the album, I'm not sure what to add. Some of the songs are better than others but Excel is a terrific band and this is a strong release, a classic from a classic era. To my ears, it still sounds fresh and interesting. I especially liked "Insecurity" and "Split Image." Be sure to check out the synthesizers on the demo version of the latter.

Track Listing:
1. Your Life, My Life
2. Insecurity
3. Split Image
4. Never Look Away
5. Wreck Your World
6. Social Security
7. Set Yourself Apart
8. The Joke's On You
9. Looking for You
10. Spare the Pain

Personal Onslaught Demo (1985)
11. Split Image
12. Insecurity
13. Looking for You
14. Spare the Pain

Refuse to Quit Demo (1986)
15. Never Look Away
16. Gods of Power
17. Set Yourself Apart
18. Blitz in Confinement

Added: November 26th 2014
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
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Language: english

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