"Smiling at Death" compiled all the early Voorhees recordings onto one 69 track CD - two demos, their first 7" and Lp, compilation tracks and studio outtakes. For those unfamiliar, Voorhees hailed from the U.K. and played vicious, primal hardcore punk reminiscent of the first wave of U.S. bands - Negative Approach, SOA, Negative FX, etc. All of these influences are at the fore in the lyrics, artwork and the myriad of cover songs sprinkled throughout the disc. Voorhees lasted for just over a decade, albeit with a constantly changing line-up, and ended up with a slew of 7"ers, split Eps and a couple more Lps. I dig their entire catalog of material, but for me nothing that came after can touch this release... one of the best hardcore bands of the era for sure.
Voorhees - Smiling at Death