The Abandoned: Killed by Faith 12” (Radiation)
We first got copies of this reissue from the Abandoned a few months ago, but we kept selling out before I could grab a copy for myself. Things have quieted down to the point where I could sit down with this record, and holy crap am I blown away! I’ve long been a fan of Dirges in the Dark, the Flower Leperds record that Tony Cadena sings on, and Killed by Faith is like a faster, punker, and better version of that record. It sounds a lot like Tony’s old band the Adolescents, but with an added layer of 70s rock sleaze a la Alice Cooper or early Motorhead and a ton of shredding lead guitar. While the Adolescents’ second LP, Brats in Battalions (which came out a few years after this), never grabbed me, Killed by Faith is up there with Rikk Agnew’s All by Myself LP as essential listening for Adolescents fanatics. Thanks so much to Radiation for putting this ripper on my radar and bringing it back into print!