...It's just dawned upon me that I don't think I have bought an issue of Maximum Rock 'N' Roll since sometime in the late 80s'. The friggin' thing used to be the bible to me and all my skate buddies in high school. What other publication could make you so politically aware as well as keep you abreast on the Hardcore Punk scene in Peru? Sometime in the early 90's, I traded my (somewhat) complete collection of the mag for a stack of Hawkwind bootlegs and a bag of dirt weed sprayed with Lysol. So what I’m trying to say is I don’t really have that firm of a grip on the goings on in the Hardcore scene of 2006. All I know is whenever I do get the chance to peruse through a box of recent Hardcore 7”s, I see a severe lack of images I think should be essential to our time and place. You know, bad collages of ole G.W. mixing it up with warheads and starving children and stuff like that. All I usually see is kids in basketball jerseys and bad graffiti. It’s sort of a bummer to me, but luckily a shiny piece of tinfoil has just come out that might teach the kids a thing or two. For some reason that is still foggy to me, the Subterranean label has re-issued the complete discography of Code Of Honor, a politically charged Skatecore band from San Francisco in the early 80’s (Jesus, did I actually just type all those words out in a sentence and not bust out laughing?) C.O.H. were the perfect embodiment of the typical teenaged MRR reader of the era. Earnestly left wing kids who could lecture you on the atrocities of Nicaragua while busting the raddest christ air you’ve ever seen. Their tuneage was a pretty streamlined form of melodic thrash that didn’t offer much in the ways of cacophony or chaos…sorry Void fans. But for some stupid reason or another, their songs were infectious enough that they stick in my head some twenty years later. I can still recite both the ‘code of honor’ stated in the song of the same name (‘Never desert your comrades in need in danger or in trouble…’) as well as the declaration of revolution in ‘New Era’ (‘Take away the government and you take away the lies/Kill all the politicians and no one else will die..’) Perhaps these raging tunes will incite the youth of today to drop acid and not bombs. But most likely all that’ll happen here is oldsters like me will listen to this and sadly reminisce on endless days of skating and waiting for my Ill Repute 7” to come in the mail while ’the kids’ buy up more cone belts at the local Hot Topic. Bleech.