Siege – Drop Dead (1984)
The building blocks of Grindcore can be found on Siege’s one and only release and it would be criminal to ignore Siege’s monumental influence on a genre that, in 1984, was still to be named. Somehow predicting the Grindcore and Death Metal craze which would engulf the globe later in the decade, Siege were beyond influential and, typically, universally ignored.
Siege’s brand of politicised Hardcore Punk was littered with high pitched shrieks, spat out at lightning speed, and insanely fast riffs and machine-gun drumming they single-handedly introduced the world to a new noise revolution; unfortunately the world wasn’t ready.
Crust Punk/D-Beat nastiness this raw and this dirty wasn’t unheard of, Discharge’s seminal Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing released 2 years prior had hinted at the aural assault to come, but Siege were next level noise and it proved too much for many. Napalm Death’s youthful members were blatantly paying attention though and they patiently waited in the wings, preparing themselves to take Siege’s sound forward as the decade progressed.
The power and violence displayed on Drop Dead was, and still is, utterly mesmerising and anyone with even a passing interest in Grindcore and its origins should consider Drop Dead utterly essential!