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Ringworm - Stigmatas In The Flesh (live)

Maryland Matt   (179 reviews)

Posted: 08/24/2012 | Comments: 8 | Rate:

Johnny Cash once wrote a song about the night Hank Williams came to his town to perform. He rambled off a list of monumentally important social, political and pop-culture happenings in the world around him that were likely to garner attention, but on that night… the only thing that mattered Hank Williams. This is a sentiment that prior to January 9th 2010 on that chilly winter night in Baltimore, I would have had a hard time relating to. You see… within the realm of hardcore, there are very few bands that have stood the test of time for me and are still as important today as they were when I first crossed paths with them during my formative years in the 1990’s. I’ve taken the bands that I loved so much during my youth and put them on trial. Most were found guilty of mediocrity, but a few still rise above the heap. At the top of that pile is Integrity and Ringworm. I had seen both bands perform on numerous occasions but never back-to-back on the same bill. During the months leading up to the show, it began to dawn on me how significant this event may be… at least for me, personally. As it turned out, I was correct. On that night, nothing else mattered.

Integrity’s set was as close to flawless as any band can hope to be. This is typically the case with them in recent years and it is a standard that you come to expect. A band with the universal weight of Integrity also leads people to assume that they will be the highlight of any show that they are billed to play on… but on that night, that assumption would have been incorrect. Ringworm shattered that notion from the instant they blasted into the opening riff of “Birth Is Pain”. Song after song, there was a reciprocation of energy between band and audience that swelled throughout the venue and it was nearly indescribable. It was absolutely a feeling that can not be properly conveyed in words and the closest you can now get to capturing that moment in time is with this recording.

I am admittedly not the biggest fan of live recordings. In most cases, they come off as either a cop-out offering to bridge the sometimes overly expansive void between proper studio releases or are so horribly recorded that it becomes nearly unlistenable. Being that Ringworm just released their full length Scars barely a year ago, I know that it wouldn’t fall into the former category. As for the latter, any question of audio quality is immediately squashed when you lay the needle in the groove. This is, without question, the best live hardcore recording I have ever heard. Every aspect is crystal clear and just as massive as it was in person. In my opinion, the undeniable explosive power of this band has never been adequately captured by a recording. Even their studio albums (which are all masterpieces in their own right) only paint part of the picture for you. You really do need to experience them live to even begin to grasp the gravity of their being and craft. This live recording is as close to being there as you can possibly get.

I’d just like to applaud Dom at A389 and Kevin at Developing Nations Studio for making this release a reality. I really do believe that most live records are a flimsy bridge between proper releases, but Ringworm Stigmatas In The Flesh has set a new standard for what is possible. The bottom line is that if you are a fan of this band or even of metallic hardcore in general, this is a must own and will undoubtedly go down as one of the Ringworm’s classic releases.

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Comments
Nightmare Feddy
48,955 Posts
31/M/PA
want
still oh so ill
8,208 Posts
33/M/MD
Seriously... everyone should want this.
I brought gifts
15,478 Posts
29/M/MD
This first time I listened to this I started looking through my other live records that I usually skip right over and thought about giving them another chance. First I realized how many live records I actually did have and second I decided that this one puts all the others to shame.
still oh so ill
8,208 Posts
33/M/MD
Seriously... this might be the best live record I've ever heard.
Nightmare Feddy
48,955 Posts
31/M/PA
Better than The Oath That Keeps Me Free?
still oh so ill
8,208 Posts
33/M/MD
That is a GREAT live record... but they left out too many bangers on that setlist. If any hardcore live record were to give this a run for its money, that might be it... but I'd still put this above it.
I have no legs!
4 Posts
31/M/NY
Pure garbage. The vocals sound terrible, even for a live album.
new cocks
132,487 Posts
30/M/IL
probably wrong

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