108 - Curse of Instinct
My friend Justin Dolce from NYC put this song on a mix CD he gave to me the weekend of Furance Fest 2002. There was a lot of other great stuff on it, too but this song struck me the most. I had read about 108 in zines but had never heard them even though I was buying stuff from Victory and Very distro as far back as 1998. Upon my first listen, I immediately kicked myself for never giving them a shot before and bought all their material soon after. I celebrate their discography, including the two LPs on Deathwish, and listen to them often….but this song, man….it still just sends chills down my spine and makes the hair on my arms stand up. There are very few lyricists in hardcore that have been able to make their personal reflection feels as universal as Rob Fish did here. Emotions I had felt for years summed up in ten or twelve lines. Perfection.