I'm kind of surprised by how few reviews of this reissue there are. I think Brian did a great job here. I remember picking this up in the mid 80s (on tape!) when Six Songs was just coming out and being jazzed that North Carolina had such a potent voice in the hardcore/crossover scene. I asked Reed, at a recent show at The Pour House, if they were ever going to put this thing back, and he said that they were working on it but that new material was the priority. To me, it didn't sound like he was incredibly excited about putting this material back out there. But, while definitely a historical document of that time and place, I think this is as good a hardcore record as 90% of the stuff that came out of D.C. and California scenes. I'm not a huge fan of the material from Deliverance to In the Arms of God, but I think the boys definitely got things back on track with Corrosion of Conformity and I'm really impressed with where they are going. That said, I have a lot of good memories tied to Eye and am really glad to see it made available to those of us who aren't going to pay $65 for a CD from the second hand market. That they were thoughtful enough to also include the criminally underrated Six Songs ep as a "bonus" makes me further validate my status as a fan.
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