Sick Of It All: Lou Koller (vocals); Pete Koller (guitar); Rich Cipriano (bass); Arman Majidi (drums).
Recorded at Normandy Sound, Warren, Rhode Island.
Simply put, BLOOD, SWEAT & NO TEARS is one of the most important albums in the New York City hardcore punk genre and absolutely essential to understanding the NYHC scene. Sick of It All's debut delivers 19 raging tracks of uncompromising, stripped-down hardcore that spawned a thousand imitators and trumpets a by-any-means-necessary life philosophy. Musically, the record helped establish a template that matches thrash metal-informed guitars, hyper-speed shuffle beats, and shouted vocals with lyrics that celebrate tough-guy brotherhood, fierce independence, and the value of hard work and positive thinking, all to exhilarating effect.
Alternative Press (7/95, p.82) - Ranked #26 in AP's list of the `Top 99 Of '85-'95' - "...The 20-song LP virtually define[s] New York City's hardcore sound--abrasive and angry, loud and fast, pissed but positive. Lou Koller's searing vocals [leave] you wondering whether he [is] a prophet or a psychopath..."