Bl'ast are a band from California that has been featured before in this zine that plays a surf and skate form of hardcore punk and this is a review of their 2014 album "The Expression Of Power" which was released by Southern Lord Records and all of the tracks where recorded in the 80's.
The album starts off with sound effects and spoken word parts along with distorted noises before going into a fast hardcore punk sound along with some melodic and aggressive vocals and after awhile guitar leads are added into certain sections of the recording.
The band keep the aggressive hardcore punk throughout the record as well as adding in some melodies and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with some back up shouts on certain tracks.
As the album progresses the heaviness of metal is brought into the music along with some very talented instrumental work which was a bit more different than most hardcore punk bands of that era and this is a double album that contains different takes of their first album which they re-recorded plenty of times before releasing it.
B'last where a very underrated band for time and with this record they show that they should be mentioned with all of the other great bands of this genre and they bring in a great amount of aggression and energy with their music.
Song lyrics cover surfing, skating, hateful and every day themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound for the time it was recorded and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording as well as some of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Bl'ast and if you are a fan of 80's hardcore punk, you should check out this double album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Time to Think" "Fucking With My Head" "It's Alive" and "Nightmare". 8 out of 10.