Album of the Day: Integrity, “For Those Who Fear Tomorrow”

So here’s the obvious question: why is Integrity’s debut album being reissued again, less than three years after hardcore icon Dwid Hellion ripped and released a digital edition on his own Holy Terror imprint, and Organized Crime Records unveiled its second vinyl repressing? That’s easy: Those Who Fear Tomorrow has never sounded this sinister, this ready to rage against, well, everything. Considering how raw the original recordings are, Audiosiege founder Brad Boatright—the engineer known for enhancing the extremities of such underground acts as Sunn O))), Yob, and Sleep—really nailed his remix, a tour de terror of Hellion’s scar-ridden soul.

It sure is timely, too, as humanity appears to sprint towards its own self-inflicted demise this election cycle. Not that Hellion’s the least bit surprised. Or upset, for that matter. Listening back to Those Who Fear Tomorrow 25 years later is a little bit like watching Penelope Spheeris’ entire Decline of Western Civilization trilogy in one sitting: retrograde reflection showing how much things have changed, and how much they haven’t. The Wayne’s World director filmed the rise and fall of hardcore, punk, and heavy metal over nearly three decades, between the early ’80s and late ’90s. Seen through the eyes of the fans she interviews, the world gets worse at condensed speed as they leave Black Flag’s TV parties and six packs behind to embrace complete nihilism.

Hellion, these days? Well, he’s watching it all burn while screaming “I told you so!” at the top of his lungs.

Andrew Parks

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