One of the most powerful, wild and sympathetic live bands of all times had been Boston's monoliths WARGASM, who had been known as MANIAC in their demo times. 1988 the trio released its debut album "Why Play Around?" via the New York label Profile Records.
And what a hammer the guys had recorded. Superheavy Power Metal on the border to Thrash. Similarly straight as the best songs of the Canadian legend RAZOR, with a little TANK to it. Despite all straightness the album has enough variety in ideas not to bore even a second. Songs like the grenade "Wasteland" with its strong tempo shifts, "Revenge" with its hypnotic riff, the 'hit' of the album "Bullets And Blades", which reminds me a lot of TANK in the chorus, the darkly starting "Undead", which then turns into a breath taking speed attack or the wonderful calm instrumental "Le Cou Cou", which is followed by the brutal final neck breaker "Humanoid" are banger fodder of first class.
Unfortunately Profile Records came to the conclusion that music like this won't bring in a lot of money, but strange enough did not release WARGASM from their contract.
1991, with a new demo called "Gasm It", the guys managed to cross the Atlantic for a tour as support of BIOHERBERT, ehm, BIOHAZARD and shortly after signed a deal with Massacre Records. (Online March 10, 2003)