Dr Know – Plug In Jesus LP / Burn 7inch (Mystic) 1985. Of all the Nardcore bands, Dr Know were my favourite. They managed something that most other bands mining the crossover sound were unable to accomplish. By looking backwards to Black Sabbath for inspiration instead of to current (for the day) acts like Slayer or Metallica, Dr Know created a metal punk sound that was unique and different from bands like DRI.
Instead of double bass drum and hammer down guitar theatrics, you got guitars tuned wicked low and a looser more open feel. Coupled with Kyle’s evil sounding vocals, Dr Know sounded truly HEAVY and on certain songs like Circle of Fear and Mr Freeze, they were pretty fuckin’ untouchable.
Just listen to the opening of Mr Freeze. The first thing that grabs you is the heaviness of the riff. Then Kyle starts to sing. By the time he gets to “horror waits for those who remain” there really is only one logical reaction….you gotta throw up the devil horns and go “FUCK YEAHHHHHHHH!”
Plug-In Jesus has a similar aesthetic to the first Saint Vitus LP, the first Drunks With Guns LP and Gluey Porch Treatments by The Melvins. Throw in a little Fang as well. They suffered, I believe, from being on Mystic, which was sort of the Wal Mart of punk labels at the time. The LP was packaged very cheaply and even included a free 7 inch offer on the cover as part of Doug Moody’s Supersaver Series. It was unfortunate because, along with RKL, Dr Know represented the cream of the crop of what the Mystic label had to offer.
Plug In Jesus
god told me
circle of fear
citizens of the world
Burn 7inch EP
stop the machine
watch it burn