Various Artists – Dagger Tapes #3: Mommy Musn’t Know (cassette, 1990)

No.4185

“This tape is full of punk tunes in the classic thrash/growl/tumble style and loaded with energy from the likes of Grimace Abortion, Dead Horse, Big Mistake, Krack, DeKay, The Divorced, Jack Tragic and the Unfortunates, Big Satan, Catharsis, BAse Apes, Sanity Assassins, Organ Donors, Black Indian, SVOE, Off the Wall, Hellhound and Sam Black Church. Many of the bands have at least two cuts each, which translates to a lot of music.” – GAJOOB Zine #7

GAJOOB Review by Bryan Baker, 2023:

“Dagger Tapes #3: Mommy Musn’t Know” is a veritable cornucopia of punk rock, a raucous compilation that feels like a thunderous journey through the underground music scene of the 90s. Released in 1990, this cassette is an absolute treasure trove of classic thrash/growl/tumble style punk tunes, with an energy that is palpable from start to finish.

The tape features an extensive lineup of bands, including Grimace Abortion, Dead Horse, Big Mistake, Krack, DeKay, The Divorced, Jack Tragic and the Unfortunates, Big Satan, Catharsis, Base Apes, Sanity Assassins, Organ Donors, Black Indian, SVOE, Off the Wall, Hellhound, and Sam Black Church. Many of these bands contribute at least two tracks each, resulting in an impressive volume of music that will keep punk fans head-banging for hours.

The raw, unfiltered sound of the tracks is the heart and soul of this compilation. Every chord, every growl, every drum beat is loaded with the spirit of rebellion and the desire for self-expression that defines punk rock. From the frenzied guitar work of Grimace Abortion to the relentless drumming of Big Mistake, each band brings something unique to the table, yet they all share a common thread of explosive energy and passion.

“Dagger Tapes #3: Mommy Musn’t Know” does not shy away from the edgy, gritty nature of punk. Instead, it embraces it wholeheartedly, serving up a feast of thrashing tunes that are as chaotic as they are compelling. The tape’s production quality is decidedly lo-fi, but this only adds to its charm, enhancing the raw, unvarnished feel of the music.

For those who revel in the tumultuous world of thrash/growl/tumble style punk, “Dagger Tapes #3: Mommy Musn’t Know” is a must-listen.

This cassette is a rollercoaster ride through the punk scene of the 90s, full of high-octane energy and unapologetic grit. It’s not just a compilation of songs – it’s a snapshot of a time, a place, and a movement. If you’re a fan of punk rock, “Dagger Tapes #3: Momny Musn’t Know” is a tape that deserves a spot in your collection.

Media: cassette.

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