SCREAM

Hardcore Punk / Heavy Alternative Rock / Hard Rock • United States
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Scream is a hardcore punk/hard rock band formed in 1981. Scream is considered to be among the most notable bands of the Washington D.C. hardcore music scene along with bands like Minor Threat and Government Issue. When drummer Dave Grohl joined in 1988, the band went for a more hard rock/metal sound for their No More Censorship and Fumble albums.

The band broke up in 1990, with their 1989 album Fumble not seeing a release until 1993 therefore touring for the album in that year despite having called it quits. The original line-up reunited in 2009 and recorded an EP entitled Complete Control Sessions in 2011.

(Bio written by Unitron on December 2nd, 2016.)

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SCREAM Still Screaming album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Still Screaming
Hardcore Punk 1983
SCREAM This Side Up album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
This Side Up
Hardcore Punk 1985
SCREAM Banging the Drum album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Banging the Drum
Hardcore Punk 1986
SCREAM No More Censorship album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
No More Censorship
Hard Rock 1988
SCREAM Fumble album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Fumble
Heavy Alternative Rock 1993

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SCREAM Complete Control Recording Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Control Recording Sessions
Hardcore Punk 2011

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SCREAM Your Choice Live Series Vol. 10 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Your Choice Live Series Vol. 10
Hardcore Punk 1990
SCREAM Live at the Black Cat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Black Cat
Hardcore Punk 1998

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SCREAM No More Censorship

Album · 1988 · Hard Rock
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Scream were one of the most notable bands of the D.C. Hardcore scene in the 80's. However, once 1988's No More Censorship came along, they had a big change in sound. Perhaps this was in part due to Dave Grohl joining the band as drummer, which makes it strange that these last two albums are so unknown. Before joining Nirvana and forming Foo Fighters afterwards, Dave Grohl brought a pedal to the metal in Scream.

While some punk elements are still here, No More Censorship is primarily an 80's hard rock record with some metal and aforementioned punk elements. It all comes together beautifully, and perhaps better than you would expect from a band taking such a different direction. Some of the songs meld everything together, and one of the best at doing that is "Fucked Without a Kiss", which opens up with a barrage of double kick drums and a speeding bassline that sound like a thrash attack is going to strike in no time; however, punk edged hard rock guitar riffs come in.

Some of the songs sound like they would not be out of place on a NWoBHM album, such as "No Escape". A great punky bassline opens it up before hard rock riffing blended with almost Diamond Head-esque vocal melodies take the stage. Though it all has this heavy metal energy, especially with the pounding drums at the end with one killer scream. The best song on the album is probably "Something My Head". How this isn't known as one of the greatest hard rock songs of the 80's, I have no clue. The vocal melodies are beautiful, the screaming metal guitar solo is fantastic, and the whole song has an explosive energy. The title track is just pure 80's hard rock at its best, with an almost AC/DC-sounding main riff. "Binge" is up there as well, which sounds straight out of an early Iron Maiden album for the first 30 seconds, then is followed up with more high-energy hard rock action.

After the album ends on an interesting note, with the short "In the Beginning...", which is basically a catchy drum solo with bass twangs, you're left with an extremely underrated heavy rock album of the 80's. If you're looking for some great catchy 80's hard rock that's a bit different, I highly recommend checking out this gem. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

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