• Crom "The Cocaine Wars 1974-1989" Cassette
To Live A Lie Records
ETA : 3rd / 4th week of Sept 2023
CROM is the ultimate amalgamation of mystery mixed with futility. They are one of the most frustratingly undefinable bands out there mixing general metal aesthetic into a stew of sub genres ranging from sludge and doom to perfectly cultivated thrash parts and plenty of punk, hardcore, and powerviolence influence spices to get a perfect boiling mixture that has been thought about and talked about since it came out originally in 2001. The original release came out on a band member's label alongside releases from DYSTOPIA, GRIEF, EYEHATEGOD, and 16 to name a few and CROM is fully deserving to stand next to those bands. In 2023 we have taken the original masters and given them the white glove treatment and enlisted Nick Townsend whose mastering and audio work includes such big releases from JIMI HENDRIX to PEARL JAM to DR DRE to NAILS to the DIY likes of REGIONAL JUSTICE CENTER and FIREBURN. Nick worked with Phil from the band to create a perfect representation of what this release needed to sound bigger and fuller in the over twenty-year time since it came out. This definitive edition is the best sounding time capsule of what the band really encompasses and deserves. Similar attention has been given to the artwork, with freshly scanned Carlos Vera artwork and the vinyl version has the cover art sized perfectly to fit its gatefold cover. The resulting release will have you smashing high gravity Steel Reserve alongside the band. To quote the mostly unreleased unofficial CROM documentary trailer "How does the audience respond to CROM? By either leaving or losing their fucking mind". This record will make you do the latter.