Insanity Defense- Epitaph 1982 - ‘85 CD. This disc compiles two recordings, the "Grudge Against The World" demo and the "Pilgrim State" LP plus a bonus DVD featuring two entire live sets from the early-mid '80s NYC Hardcore Punk band Insanity Defense. As the title states all of this material was recorded between 1982 - 1985 and holds up pretty well compared to what some of their other contemporaries were doing around the same time. The opening tracks, from the Grudge Against the World demo, stick primarily to the tried and true 1982 thrash-o-rama sound, and they’re quite proficient at it, zipping along nice ‘n’ tight. The remaining stuff, from 1985’s Pilgrim State LP, shows a marked progression in structure and song writing without sacrificing speed and they go at it agressively with a full head of steam. On that LP there are lots of creative tempo changes, creative structuring, and a clear effort is made to not to fall into the dreaded “generic hardcore” territory. And they succeed at that. It was nice to get a chance to catch up on a band I hadn’t heard alot from. Insanity Defense also shared members with Satan’s Cheerleaders who also played out around the same time.