The Nerv TRUST IN FIRE / Format: Black Vinyl*
Artwork on this album by: N8 Van Dyke and Nis Anthrope
*includes digital download card!
*12x24 poster included!
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Album Review: The Nerv – Trust in Fire 0
BY STEVE FOXX
The Nerv "Trust in Fire"
Die Laughing Records
Maybe you’re not old enough to remember the good ole days of Northern California Hardcore, or maybe you can’t remember it from all the cracked 40’s and cross tops you ingested. There was a time when bands like The Nerv put out albums like Trust in Fire on a regular basis. And that’s we’re we begin.
The opening voice calling you, ‘the citizens’ of punk and hardcore, to come and listen to the title track is just one clue as to the political bend in every song, every note. Push it. Push play on that device and listen.
nervcd“Arab Spring” is a highlight that lets you feel the full force of lead singer Nis Anthrope’s scream cum croon inflection belting out topical lyrics over Chris Campbell’s old school shreds, the menacing yet funky bass of Ian Larkin, and former Death Angel drummer Andy V. Galeon. Galeon kills the drums on the album just like he did in Death Angel ever since he was a young bat child out of hell. The NEerv has been joined recently by another metal legend on the skins – Paul Hopkins of Skinlab. When Campbell shares lead vox on the more rock centric “Dead to me Now” it’s as if someone took a much saner version of Lee Ving and told him to get in the booth with Lydia Lunch to make babies. He and Anthrope duet like lovers on a PBR binge.
“Waiting for You” harkens back to the minute-or-less crowd of hardcore songs from thirty years ago and it leads into my favorite cut on the album “Unintended Consequences of Economic Sanctions.” Nis screaming ‘We all have a motive, what’s your fucking motive?’ is mere a prelude to the scary emotions she’s more than willing to push into your face whether you like it or not.
Side two; yeah, there is a side two as you can buy a really well designed, duo-fold, red mottled chunk of vinyl if that analog bug grabs ahold of you. Opening with “Revolution,” a general punk rock call to arms that evolves into a pulse pounding frenzy of crashing symbols and amp fuzz.
There isn’t a lack of opinion on this album with songs about Middle Eastern political change, railing against corporate ownership and allusions to the masses being food churned into the machine of destiny as in the very Dead Kennedys inspired “Riot Crop.” “Chunk” is almost three songs in one with the band chugging along from signature change to signature change pretty effortlessly. Which leads us out of the album with a powerful grrl poweresque look at sociopathic ex lovers during “Psycho Exes.”
There’s definitely room on your shelf or iTunes folder to play Trust in Fire. This hard, well-conceived piece of twenty first century hardcore by The Nerv is an album that’s going to keep you pushing the play button, even if Nis Anthrope has to drag you there by your hair.