Poison Idea - Confuse and Conquer 12 inch
The fact that Poison Idea has survived for 35 years is fairly remarkable. It would seem unlikely that a band so hell-bent on self-destruction would live to such a ripe old age. That's not to say there haven't been some casualties along the way. Confuse & Conquer is the first new Poison Idea material since the death of long-time guitarist Tom "Pig Champion" Roberts. Pig Champion, along with vocalist/founder Jerry A, had been the public face of the band for years. To move forward, the band reached into its past. Jerry A brought back former lead guitarist Eric "Vegetable" Olson, whose influence is all over this record.
Any fears you may have about this version of Poison Idea are calmed about 30 seconds into the first song, "Bog". It's a ripper, as is the second track "Me & JD". These songs, like the rest of the record, have tons of great guitar leads and solos. Olson's style is reminiscent of Motorhead or Kill 'Em All era Metallica. The music as a whole walks the line between punk, hardcore and thrash, with Jerry A's raspy growl leading the way.