Dealing With It
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Where do you go and what do you do when you achieve near legendary status with your debut album? In DRI's world, you release "Dealing With It", a record that infused their increasing technicality with a love of metal and the raw, fast as hell Hardcore sound that they patented. Surpassing their debut, was never going to be easy, but with their second album, the Dirty Rotten Imbeciles managed to do just that in maelstrom of vicious, catchy, cerebral Hardcore and Metal.. Reissued on Beer City along with twelve never before heard tracks and interactive video interview footage, DRI's legacy is once again ready for punk rock and metal consumption. Welcome to Crossover
"Another killer D.R.I. reissue from Beer City with shitloads of bonus material.This is the way reissues should be done." -- Aversion On Line
"Dealing With Itis one of the most mind-blowing records I have ever heard.This is essential!" -- Michael Farr / Punk Rocks . Net
"Incredible!" -- Dave Lombardo / Slayer
"One of the greatest and most influential hardcore albums of all time,NO QUESTION WHATSOEVER THAT YOU MUST GO BUY IT!" -- Jeb Branin / In Music We Trust
"Songs are fast as hell, production is crisp and mean and pretty much every single song is an utter classic." -- Daniel / Deep Fried Bonanza
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Corrosion of Conformity- Animosity
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Dealing With It is a bona fide thrash classic. Crossover came in two flavors: punks who succumbed to the joys of metal, and metalheads who discovered the joy of hardcore. In 1985 I was a teenage punk who had somehow fallen in with a little cadre of heshers at my high school, and these cats made it their mission in life to get me aboard the speed metal band wagon. They played me a bunch of stuff from their side of the fence, early Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Celtic Frost. I turned up my nose at all of it, told them to "Get this hippy s#$% away from me." Then at some point I went off and discovered DRI on my own. I had seen their name on lots of gig flyers billed with bands I already liked, and when I looked at their Dealing With It LP in a record store one day, I read the little sticker on the front that said "DRI is the fastest band ever, period" or something like that. That was all it took for me to bite. I took it home and gave it a listen and was a very satisfied customer to say the least. It immediately became one of my favorite records and has been ever since. To me it was a hardcore album with a couple of metal songs thrown in. It was basically my speed metal gateway drug; once I had it in my system, suddenly the stuff my hessian friends made me listen to didn't seem that bad. When Master of Puppets came out and my friends forced it on me, I had to admit I didn't hate it.
As far as I'm concerned, Dealing With It belongs in every record collection. This reissue goes the extra mile with some bonus tracks- early demos, some with a pre-Josh/Felix line up. These are kinda fun to hear; primitive, more basic performances where Spike's signature little squeaky harmonic embellishments are noticeably absent. A couple of the tracks sound like they experimented with the idea of recording the vocals at a lower speed, probably to give Kurt a chance to belt all of the lyrics out in time. But the effect is that it sounds like Kurt's about 11 years old, or half chipmunk. It also contains a video of an interview, though unfortunately it isn't very interesting.
The only thing keeping this from a five star rating is that some errors were made in the remastering process. It's barely noticable, but at least one track gets cut off early. Oh well. Nothing's perfec.
EDIT 10/8/08: I just finished the 33 1/3 book on Slayer's Reign In Blood. It mentioned that in 1985, Jeff Hanneman finally succeeded in turning Kerry King on to hardcore thrash and the specific record that did the trick was Dealing With It. Note that Dealing With It and Slayer's second album Hell Awaits were both released in March 1985. They'd finished writing Reign by November 1985. I've always thought Reign In Blood was far and away Slayer's best album and wondered what it was that made it so. I think I finally have my answer. Apparently both Hanneman and King were way into Dealing With It when they wrote Reign In Blood. Makes a lot of sense, I think.
Alas, many of the misguided youth of today have simply forgotten just how influential DRI was and how seriously hard "Dealing With It" raged. DRI's brand of precision timed stop-start rhythms and mile-a-minute vocals has been absorbed into the collective unconscious of underground music. Often imitated, but never duplicated, Dealing With It stands today, even after all these years, as a testament to the power that ensues when speed and distortion collide.
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