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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2007
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As much as I love Napalm Death and the like, it's really these guys who are the true innovators and kings of grind. They took their love for the best of punk (Discharge, DRI) and the best of extreme metal (Slayer, Celtic Frost, and Slaughter) to create a musical genre that would knock the metal underground on it's f*cking *ss. Afterall it's these guys who were the first to do it and the one's who invented the BLAST BEAT! But what will really catch a metal aficionado's fancy are the f*cking riffs. See folks the problem sometimes in grindcore (like on Scum) is that sometimes the band has the desire to be as extreme as possible that the forget the value of the riff but the boys of Repulsion never ever forgot that and that's what I praise them the most for. They even throw in some solos which were definitely the Slayer-esque bunny-in-a-blender style and it sounds great. What makes the riffs so good are the inherent catchiness of them despite their uncompromising rawness. Some great examples of this would be Radiation Sickness, Maggots In Your Coffin, and Black Breath. I dare you to listen to "Maggots" and not do a frenzied headbang while shouting along with the catchy chorus. What's amazing about Black Breath is that it's one of the slowest grind songs ever but one of the best!

Of course what's a Horrified review without mentioning it's massive influence. This has to be one of the most ripped-off extreme metal albums I've ever heard. I mean even the first time I listened to this I was like "dude there's a Carcass riff! Wait there's ND riff! There's another!" and so on and so on. But one of the biggest culprits are Entombed of all people. It was because of Repulsion they were able to create the almighty Left Hand Path. Just to push this point further here's some specific examples- listen to the riff in Festering Boils then listen to Carcass's Reek of Putrefaction (the song), the beginning of "Bodily Dismemberment" is EXACTLY the same as the beginning of the title track on Left Hand Path, I don't blame them though since Repulsion had a real knack for writing some of the sickest intro riffs ever. I could go on but you get my drift.

What also stands out here are the lyrics, yes for today's standards they're not too intimidating but back then they were pretty insane, perfectly blending a touch of cartoony/chessiness and realism in them. The band themselves even stated that they were purely for humor only and they certainly add a fun element to the album. Oh I can't forget the vocals, they're very raw and raspy, quite unique for grindcore.

In a nutshell the band was trying to be over the top in every aspect and they're perhaps the one band to encompass everything that's "over the top" and still make a brilliant album. And to imagine these were just four crazy kids (from Michigan of all places!) who were just willing to be a tad more adventurous than everyone else and look what happened. This is of course mandatory purchase for extreme metal fans as this is one of the best grind albums ever, it deserves all the praise it gets. It's also perfect for people justing getting into grindcore. However, if I had just one complaint about this it would be the production which does sound sweet even if the whole thing is of "demo" quality, but judging from ND's sick cover of "Maggots" I know this would sound even BETTER if it had better production and then I'd probably think this was the best record ever made. I'm still giving this a high 96% though.

Everyone seems to have a different set of highlights and here's mine - Radiation Sickness, Splattered Cadavers, Six Feet Under, Maggots In Your Coffin, and my fave Black Breath.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The Forefathers of Grindcore and the blast beat, Repulsion are one of the most important bands that no one's ever heard of. The song structures are short and straight forward. It sounds like utter chaos caught on tape but it all melds together coherently and powerfully. The drumming is simply groundbreaking since blast beats were simply non-existent before Horrified. The vocals are edgy and the lyrics are offensive. The guitar work simply shreds. I always touted Napalm Death for being the originals in the genre of grindcore but after finally getting my hands on Horrified it is clear that even ND were greatly inspired by this underground masterpiece. Even down to the way Repulsion scrawled their logo, ND imitated! So anyway, this is an absolute must-own for any metal historian or grindcore afficiando, especially remastered and with the additional disc with rarities and demos all at a great price. Best songs: The Stench of Burning Death, Black Breath, Acid Bath and Maggots in your Coffin. Highly Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2007
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Here it is my fellow headbangers, a part of Grindcore and death metal's beginnings. Little did I know it started in my home state of Michigan and in the same town I work in, Flint! Repulsion started in the early 80s around 84 to be precise. They were under the name Genocide at that time and gave birth to the new extreme of heavy metal. Most people including myself believe Napalm Death are the true fathers of Grindcore, well they did help perfect it I'll give them that but Repulsion beat them by a year or two. I'm not taking anything away from Napalm I'm a huge fan, their influence in the extreme metal scene cannot be denied, but the tracks on "Horrified" were originally recorded in 86 and the demo versions under the old band name Genocide were recorded in 85. Napalm Death's "Scum" was released in 87.

What kept Repulsion from getting the recognition they deserved was being a band way ahead of its time. In the early to mid 80s record labels did not easily accept ultra fast and bludgeoning metal with guttural vocals and graphic gore lyrics. In fact Scott Carlson, Repulsion's vocalist was a friend of Chuck Schuldiner of the band Death and in 1985 Scott teamed up with Chuck and went down to Tampa Florida to merge Genocide and Death together make one band under the Death moniker. This did not work out and Scott moved back to Flint to reform Genocide and Chuck reformed Death with new members. In 86 under the new name of Repulsion the band recorded "Slaughter of the Innocent" with the financial help of Doug Earp the original owner of Wyatt Earp records, which I still shop at regularly to this day. Later after the lack of label interest Repulsion broke up and not until the late 80s early 90s when Death metal gained major ground did Repulsion get a second look. In 1989 Carcass's Jeff Walker and Bill Steer decided to release Repulsion's album changed to the title "Horrified" under their off shoot label of Earache records. So basically Repulsion didn't get a wider listening audience until the much later in the game. Hence most people wouldn't think this record predates Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Obituary, and even Entombed's first albums. The only band that has as long of a history in world of Death metal would be Death. Which in my opinion were the creators of Death metal's true masterpiece "Scream Bloody Gore".

Listening to this album, it still as brutal as all get out. The opening track "The Stench of Burning Death" just melts your face off. Other songs titles such as "Decomposed", "Festering Boils", and "Maggots in Your Coffin" shred your flesh until nothing is left on your bones. A nice early representation of hard gore lyrics, way before gore death metal veterans Carcass, Cannibal Corpse, and Mortician. None of the songs clock much longer than the 2 minute mark but believe me it's just enough. One can tell that Repulsion was heavily influenced by bands such as Slayer, Celtic Frost, and Venom, there is tons of homage to these bands in there music, they just turned the notch of brutality a bit further. The bonus disc in this reissue is the true gem here. It contains almost all of Repulsion early demos including their Genocide demos and the songs they recorded when the reunited in 1991, which unfortunately was a short live reunion, a full album was never recorded. All the demos sound great for demos and if you can believe it the Genocide demos are harder than the final versions on "Horrified". I can't believe this type extreme music was being played at this time. Think about it when these extreme demos were recorded Bands like Slayer, Metallica, Anthtrax, and Exodus were still young bands. When one thought those bands were as exteme as one could get. Well maybe except for Bathory. Do yourself a favor pick this historical metal album up and blast your eardrums out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2006
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I bought this album purely because of its reputation and place in metal history (it was a mere £3 in a vinyl shop in Reading), but it very quickly turned into not only one of my favourite grind albums, but one of the best 80s metal records I own. Its production is rough, but not murky or ill-balanced in the slightest. The riffs are easily made out, which is great because most of them are awesome, and Dave Grave's drumming is hard-hitting, simple and tight as hell. The songs fly by as whirlwinds of intense thrash-grind with noisy Kerry King-esque guitar solos, and the vocals are just pefect for it.

The lyrics are graphic, the cover art is graphic, the approach is completely unsubtle and the album as a whole is a grimy, grinding display of bloody-minded ultra-thrash. It is, then, effectively a perfect early extreme metal record. One to listen to loud, while drinking heavily, thrashing around and talking about zombies. This is the kind of metal that's meant to be spelled out in capitals with five As and exclamation marks. 20 years have not dented its aggression, they've only driven its influence deeper into the world of heavy metal.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2003
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Well here it is! The long-awaited proper re-issue of Repulsion's legendary "Horrified" album. What kind of introduction could possibly do justice to the most influential Grindcore/Death Metal band of all time? Repulsion is the band that introduced to insane blasting drums, bone-jarring distroted bass, and the most vile lyrics imaginable. "Horrified" is a genre-pioneering masterpiece that has influenced almost every band playing Grindcore/Death Metal, most notably Napalm Death, Carcass, Terrorizer, Entombed, Cannibal Corpse, and Mortician. This album has it all; the unreal "The Stench of Burning Death", "Maggots In Your Coffin." Need to hear tunes that start as mid-paced fashion before cultimating in delirium-inducing total crunchy speed? Try the awesome "Boldy Dismemberment" and "Festering Boils." You want slower grinding (and I mean grinding! ) What about "Black Breath" ?! This beautifully re-issue comes with an amazing booklet filled with rare photos, liner notes, and a well-written bibography of Repulsion. The tracks include:
Disc One:
- The entire "Horrified" album
Disc Two:
- Genocide Rehersal demo
- Genocide "Violent Death" demo
- Genocide WFBE Radio demo
- Genocide Live 5/14/86
- Repulsion "Excrutiation" EP/Demo
- Repulsion 1991 Final demos
What really makes this album special is all the rare genocide (pre-Repulsion) demos and as well as the last Repulsion demos before they called it quits. One of the best 2-Disc sets I have put my money down. If you really want to know where it all started, then look no further than this. Buy it NOW!!!
"You are rotting, maggots in your coffin!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2012
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People usually credit Napalm Death with being the godfathers of grindcore; but this reviewer, for one, doesn't really see how they can do that. After all, it is Repulsion that came before Napalm (heck, they were even a source of inspiration for that band!) And some might wonder just how influential Repulsion can be since they only released one album. But they, thanks to their debut full-length (which was recorded in 1986), "Horrified," are actually enormously influential and important. After all, it is one of the first-ever grindcore albums in existence, and would make Repulsion capable of going on to inspire the next two generations of bands not only in the grindcore (including goregrind), hardcore/crust punk, and death metal genres; but also being extremely influential for the black metal and thrash genres, as well. Heck, there are even some bands out there (see: Black Breath, Six Feet Under, Dismemberment, etc.) that are so heavily inspired by Repulsion, that they adopted one of this Michigan-based quartet's song titles for a moniker of their own group.

But "Horrified" is worth far more than just being an important milestone release. For one, even listeners who have already been subjected to the likes of, say, Assuck, Nasum, Magrudergrind, and/or Noisear should agree that this album remains as intense today as it ever was. (And no matter how many times you listen to it, it never does seem to get any less intense.) This is partially thanks due to the fact that "Horrified" sounds so unique, even with an uncountable number of impersonators flooding the marketplace today. Nobody can seem to get the sound 100% just right that Repulsion have created, here.

And the band might not exactly be technical, but they sure can play their instruments. Col Jones may have not actually invented the blast beat (that honor goes to Sepultura's Igor Cavalera, for his work on "Morbid Visions," and Extreme Noise Terror's Darren "Pig Killer" Olley); but he certainly patented it, and made Repulsion one of the first ever bands to use it in excess. (Every one of these eighteen songs explodes with ferocious, single-footed grindcore blasts and double-time thrash beats.) Meanwhile, frontman Scott Carlson sounds like he is flossing his teeth with barbed-wire, as he alternates a rough, mid-range (but still not quite Cookie Monster-worthy) growl with unnerving rasps and freakishly high, Celtic Frost/Kreator-inspired shrieks. And elsewhere, Sean MacDonald's bass forms an extremely filthy, wet-in-your-ears sounding, wall-of gut-rumbling sludge; while guitarists Matt Olivo and Matt Harvey, repeatedly bash out simplistic, Slayer-inspired thrash riffs, buzzsaw-fast guitar leads, and some of the absolute most noisy and shredding, whammy bar-laden solos ever put to tape.

Overall, the album does seem to blend together a bit too much. But that is certainly not to say that there aren't standout tracks present, here. For example, "The Stench Of Burning Death" is a propulsive opening launch pad backed by a pounding, even borderline catchy, doom-soaked main riff that has been borrowed by Napalm Death a dozen-or-more times (most notably for their 1987 song "Deceiver"). Soon enough, however, the song becomes a decapitating barrage of blistering riffage, thunderous blast beats, and extremely noisy and squealing, whammy-bar soloing. And later songs, such as "Eaten Alive" (and the subsequent "Acid Bath"), are two especially amazing drum performances, long on hyper-kinetic double kick drumming, frantic fills, and pulverizing blasts. Elsewhere, tracks like "Slaughter Of The Innocent" use blast beats, but not quite as much as usually, thus creating a nice, adherent groove. Some catchy "wah-wah"-esque guitar licks are included, here, too. The blast beats also stop, albeit just momentarily, in Radiation Sickness" thus forming a great contrast and friction near the beginning of the song.

Another big standout is "Festering Boils," which marries an especially brutal bass tone (including a bass intro that sounds like a rusty chainsaw) with grinding, chest-caving guitars, and jackhammer-fast drumming. "Crematorium" barrels forward with Jones pummeling his trapkit into a million pieces with mind-bogglingly fast, ferocious, jackhammer-gone-wild blasting. "Driven To Insanity" is a borderline catchy tune, and one that boasts crunchy, churning, and at times almost machine-gun riffing. It is also fueled by a positively breakneck tempo and soloing section. Other notable mentions include "Six Feet Under" (which has more of the same drumming as heard in "Crematorium"); the band's title song ("Repulsion"), which is especially blazing, careening, and out of control; "The Lurking Fear," which briefly but notably switches to an up-tempo, chugging part; and "Maggots In Your Coffin," which was also later covered by Napalm Death on that group's "Leaders Not Followers" E.P..

The bottom line, here, is easy enough to understand: If you don't know Repulsion and/or "Horrified," you simply do not know grindcore (or any of extreme metal, for that matter). Simply put, the album is an absolutely bloody essential listen. Buy it and blast-out your eardrums! It is grindcore in its truest, heaviest, filthiest, and most unadulterated form.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2015
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Grindcore defined. Recorded in mid '86, Repulsion did it first and did it best. This album was so friggin far ahead of its time that they couldn't even get a record deal until Repulsion worshipers Carcass put it out 3 years later and got Dig to distro it. It was considered too extreme (Death and Morbid Angel had the same problem back then too). Sounds retarded today but record companies back then thought Slayer fans couldn't handle death metal/grindcore. Boy were they wrong.
To put Repulsion in perspective, while you're listening to Horrified with its lightning fast drums, riffs that cut like razors, the goriest lyrics ever at the time, and the sickest bass tone east of the Mississippi (Chewy from the Accused is the only other person I've heard make a bass sound like that), keep in mind that Horrified was recorded a few months BEFORE Reign in Blood. Napalm Death proudly stole riffs from them.
Death's Back From the Dead demo was the only thing that came close to Repulsion. Any metalhead that doesn't own this is a fool. Time to get schooled kiddies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2014
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In my honest opinion Grindcore started with the almighty Repulsion. They were the first to combine early 80's extreme metal acts like Slayer, early Sodom, Celtic Frost, Hellhammer, etc. With early 80's hardcore punk like Discharge, D.R.I, Agnostic Front, Minor Threat, etc. Plus Repulsion always had the sickest guitar riffs a trait that gets forgotten forgotten sometimes in grindcore because some bands just try to go way too fast early Napalm Death is a perfect example of this. This record should be in every metal head's as its a must have.
Stand out tracks:
The Stench Of Burning Death, Acid Bath, Radiation Sickness, Festering Boils, Black Breath, Maggots In Your Coffin, Horrified.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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these guys were definetly the originators of modern grind. it even has freakin solos. besides the fact that the recording is rough this is definetly NOT novice style playing like alot of the founders of grind and death sounded back in the day when still trying to perfect their sound. these guys really sound like they know what they are doing. this album is so ahead of its time, if it was re recorded with todays standards in studio recording you wouldnt even know the music was over 20 years old. the vocals are awesome i wish there were more grind bands that had this vocal style. two thunbs way up....im so glad i bought this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2003
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Its about time this has been re-released,This band formally
known as Genocide influenced the entire genre, they along
with Siege basically invented blastbeats. From the opening
track 'The Stench of Burning Death' to the closer ' Horrified'
This lp rips-Very fast,heavy and with no compromise. The
second disc contains demos,live tracks(2) and rarities including
their last demo and 7". This band was creating brutal music
when the brutal bands of today were playing with tonka trucks.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-GET IT.
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