I saw them frequently in the late '90s and they were always great - wildly intense and sonically advanced. But hindsight and perspective help with context, and help to bring the sound (and their appeal) into full focus. SAINT JAMES INFIRMARY were a car crash of grown up hardcore weaned on East Bay punk and polished heavy guitar rock...DEAD AND GONE plus DAG NASTY plus JESUS LIZARD or some shit like that. A touch of straight up Kirsch-esque emotional 'core on "The Color Of Evening" too. The "awwwww shit" when "Four" starts to activate, the fucking guitars everywhere...when I popped this one in for the first time after what was probably a twenty year vacation, it all clicked. Since then, it's been firing on all cylinders.
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