"Boston hardcore outcasts who were for longest time known for having tracks featured on both Unsafe at Any Speed and This is Boston Not LA” comps but nothing else ever released. About 10 years ago a lost radio beat session originally recorded in 1982 was finally released and many of us learned that these were the same folks in THE SICKNESS, KILSLUG and UPSIDEDOWN CROSS. Now Limited Appeal Records gives us another lost session from 1988. By this time their sound is less deranged hardcore, taking a turn to a heavier and more metallic style. If you’re into Kilslug’s Answer the Call or any of the Upsidedown Cross material this will be right up your alley. Packaging with screen printed period appropriate BRIAN WALSBY artwork and song titles etched into the vinyl."—Jason Seltzer. Liner nots written by MIKE WILLIAMS IX of EYEHATEGOD. Edition of 300 copies.
Our take: LP compiling a 1988 session from this Boston band whose track “Angel” appeared on the legendary This Is Boston Not L.A. compilation LP in 1982. Six years is a lot of time, and the Groinoids of 1988 sound nothing like that track, which is OK because the session compiled on Lost rules. The sound here is heavy and metallic, but unique; there’s some of the heaviness of the early Melvins records, lots of Celtic Frost-style primitive metal (including that band’s penchant for odd, off-kilter changes), and a handful of Kiss-influenced hard rock riffs. Just a few years later a similar set of influences would coalesce into the whole noise rock / AmRep scene, but Lost isn’t quite that yet. The band still has one foot planted in the 80s punk scene, as evidenced in their singer’s snotty and sarcastic vocal style, which I like better than grunts and yowls that would become the standard for this style of music. I also love the gritty recording, which reminds me of the early Pentagram tracks collected on First Daze Here. If you come to Lost looking for something that sounds like Gang Green or Jerry’s Kids you will be disappointed, but lovers of raw, gritty, and misanthropic noise rock will love this.