The discovery of a new band is always exciting. Will it be something you’ve heard countless times? An experience that leaves a bad taste in your mouth? Or is it a treat from which you cannot stop consuming? I wanted to take a trip back in time to reminisce about bands/albums that not only introduced me to heavy music, but kept me coming back for more…
From The Archive: Rorschach – Autopsy
I can remember back when I was younger, my brother taking me to my first hardcore show. If memory serves me right, I believe the headlining band was Yuppicide, and from the moment I entered the venue, I was completely swept in by the whole experience of that show. The atmosphere, the people, the music, it was a complete rush to my senses, and from then on I went to as many shows as I could possible go to. The music at that time had the right amount of aggression and one band in particular, New Jersey-based Rorschach, was a band that played fast, heavy hardcore infused with a touch of sludgy/math metal, and filled with plenty of unique chord and rhythm patterns.
Rorschach started out in 1989 and continued to put out music until 1993, later reforming in 2009 to play a few reunion shows (which I regret to say I missed). I became aware of Rorschach long after they departed, but upon first listen to their album Autopsy, which contains all of their songs from their 7″ and 12″, I was brought back to the good old days of what the music scene used to be and sound like. All 31 tracks were there for me to dive into, and dive in I did. One song after another, note by note, I was enveloped in their sound. The intensity, aggression, unique chord progressions by guitarist Keith Huckins, the howls and high-pitched screams coming from vocalist Charles Maggio, all kept me wanting to hear more. As I listened, I imagined what their live shows must have been like, kids going crazy and the band just kicking ass on stage. And after I stumbled across some live videos of them on youtube, suffice to say, their music matched their performance.
Rorschach aren’t an unknown band, but sadly, many people don’t know of them, which is a shame. They definitely don’t get the credit they deserve. They laid the ground work for a lot of future metal/hardcore bands that were to emerge later on in the scene and continue to do so even to this day. After they disbanded, some members went on to join other crucial bands in the scene, Deadguy and Kiss It Goodbye (more about them another time), so their sound continued on in other entities. So if you’re into bands like Integrity, Deadguy, Playing Enemy, Botch and Swans, I highly recommend you check out Rorschach. Who knows, you might happen to enjoy them…
Rorschach – “Pavlov’s Dogs”
Rorschach – “Lightning Strikes Twice”