WRITER Jason Buhrmester
Few records captured the violence and rage on the streets of New York City in the early ’80s like Agnostic Front’s Victim in Pain. Released in 1984 and considered one of the first official releases of the hardcore movement, the songs blended the speed and fury of punk with brutal rants about life on the dirty, drug-addled streets of the Lower East Side. In honor of the album’s 25th anniversary, this reissue pairs the original 11 songs with Agnostic Front’s debut single, United Blood. Songs such as “Power” (“Fighting in the streets/Trying to be free”) and the anti-NYPD rager “Blind Justice” still evoke the hard-knock sound of early hardcore, while the growl of the title track perfectly captures the moment all of the frustration boiled over. Essential.