Released: 2006, Rusty Cage Records
Lunatics Without Skateboards Inc. is another in the line of forgotten metal bands from Holland to see new live through re-release on Rusty Cage Records. LWS Inc. was formed in 1988 by former members of Whiplash (not the American one) and The Stray Bullets who shared a love of speed metal. Taking a cue from Anthrax (shorts and a love of skateboarding), the band recorded a demo in 1988 that eventually got them signed to Aaarrg Records in Germany who released their album in 1989. Now, both the demo and the album, WELCOME TO THE ASYLUM have been re-released – are they worthy?
Well, with a name like L.W.S. Inc., you might thing this was a comedy band, but that is only partially true. Lyrically, songs like “Crystal Lake”, “1428 Elm Street” and “Go Song” are clearly not serious, thoughtful material, but like most late-‘80s speed/thrash metal, the world issues-focused lyrics manage to come forward, if only slightly (i.e.: “Pieces of Human Waste”).
Musically, this is pure speed metal all the way, for better or worse. For me, it’s worse. A full hour of a constant speed barrage with little variation just bores me, and makes it easy to see why this band didn’t survive. Speed for speed’s sake is interesting for about 5 minutes before something with a little more substance is required. Even more painful are the songs that are stretched for 5 minutes with nothing but monotone vocals and two riffs filling the time. Still, the songs that are short and to the point make a positive impact, like the aforementioned “Crystal Lake” and “Curse of the Creeps”.
As an added bonus, the band’s demo is included (tracks 11 – 16), but unfortunately there’s not much to see here. It’s basically the same songs all over again, but with slightly crappier production. Yawn.
Unfortunately, this is one re-release the world didn’t need. With other, higher quality, lost bands being released (on this very label!), L.W.S. Inc. sounds exactly like what they are: a relic of the past that was better left buried.