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Eastfield/Destructors 666

Labor Omnia Vincit

(US: Unavailable; UK: 28 Apr 2008)

The title of this split EP translates from Latin into “Hardwork Conquers All” and that speaks volumes for this release. It harkens back to a day when independent releases were independent of major record labels. It has a real “do it yourself” work ethic stamped through it like a stick of rock.


Both Eastfield and Destructors 666 hail from the east of England. Destructors 666 are the latest incarnation of the Destructors, the Peterborough band that coughed up Gizz Butt (former guitarist for the Prodigy). In various forms they have been around since 1976 so in Cambridgeshire, England they are like the grandfathers of punk.


No attempts are made my either band to break moulds or do anything innovative. What you might expect from an old school split punk single is exactly what you get. That may sound overly dismissive but these groups know their target audience, so why re invent the wheel. Of the seven songs present Destructors 666 come out sounding the more polished in a Misfits kind of way. Eastfield lose points for completely destroying the Tom Robinson Band’s gay rights standard “Glad to Be Gay”.

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Marc A. Price was born in Peterborough, a tiny little backwater in the east of England and is a graduate of American Studies (BA, University of Sussex & University of Texas in Austin) and Contemporary History (MA, University of Sussex). He resisted the urge to get a third degree and moved to the Netherlands where he works for a well known STM publisher. He takes photos a good bit these days and struggles with his Internet addiction on a daily basis. He has been writing for PopMatters on and off since 2006. Marc A. Price would like to point out that he is not "Skippy" from Family Ties.


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