8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 14 March 2014
Bl'ast are one of the few pioneering '80s hardcore bands who have continued through to the present day without becoming slightly embarrassing or going insane. I guess they've earned this incredibly thorough reissue of their iconic debut LP 'The Power of Expression'. One thing I didn't realise about this album was that it was actually recorded three times before they were happy enough with it to release it, and here you can track its progress on a trio of LPs which capture the entire gruelling progress.
It's a somewhat pointless or self-indulgent exercise for those who aren't already fans because the third and final session is undoubtedly the rawest, tightest and loudest of the three, but if you've grown up with this album then this is a fascinating document, from the scrappily recorded and sloppily performed first recording through to the tight and crisp finished product, it's interesting hearing them growing from a bunch of basement punks to the hardcore powerhouse they had become by the time the album finally dropped.
This is as definitive a version of this gnarly classic as we're ever likely to hear, and it's still as visceral and violent as it ever was. Hearing the finished album again after all this time is reminding me why I loved hardcore to begin with.
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