Last month at Cosmic Hearse, Agalloch drummer Aesop Dekker posted a 1983 EP called Power Metal from New Jersey band the Beast. It’s 12 minutes and change of no-bullshit punky thrash, heavy on hooks and attitude—the latter mostly thanks to front man Scott Ruth. “The guy is Danzig without the fanboy horror nerdisms, Rollins without the Manson/Jim Morrison affectations,” Dekker writes, “but still remains Scott Ruth, Long Branch badass wise guy.” Jack “the Hinge” Pitzer, who according to the Devil’s Music later played in the better known Chronic Sick, contributes some solos so ridiculously unhinged they make the frantic drumming feel almost measured by comparison.
As far as I can tell, Power Metal is about a third of the Beast’s recorded output, and the closest they ever came to an album. It doesn’t seem to have seen a CD reissue, and the vinyl has been out of print since Reagan was president. Even the Last Beastial Incarnation compilation CD, a 2002 French release that includes all four Power Metal tracks, is impossible to find—the Internet tells me that a copy sold for $30 in 2005 through MusicStack.com, but that’s as close as I can get. In other words, if you follow the download link at Cosmic Hearse, I don’t think you need to torture yourself with guilt. There doesn’t seem to be any feasible way to pay for this music.