These guys were the anti-thesis of another local band back then the Wholes. Where the Wholes were a band on acid and downers IOH was a band on speed. Everyone was on some drug back then. As innocent as it seemed it later ended just like it always does. Still the music has more personality then that straight edge shit so I'm not complaining. But it was a bad hangover and Hardcore was on it's way out with death metal soon to take it's momentum as far as fast hard music is concerned.
Some may argue that the death/grind/black metal scenes that would come later were an evolution of the sound. Maybe that's partially true. Hardcore could never lay too much claim to innovation. But I think IOH and some of the Vegas bands from that distant past were able to distinguish a voice and sound that was unique. I know it's got more for me to identify with than the death metal formulas which would later become codified and rigid in the ensuing years.
While this demo doesn't re-write the rules of hardcore it still holds up as a good document of the time. It was a fractured time and IOH was one of the few bands still flying the hardcore flag. These guys might have been among the last practitioners of this sound but that's generalizing. I'm sure there were dozens more bands like these guys who were burning the candle at both ends and to this day I'd imagine there's still hundreds of these types of bands floating around which you'll never hear about. Well maybe dozens anyway.
At that time I was disgusted by the whole nazi/anti-nazi/us versus them bullshit. Hanging out with these guys was a good anti-dote to that. We never talked politics there. We just smoked weed, drank beer and listened to hard fast music. There was a whole scene based around the Schmeg but none of the band names are coming to me right now. Nice Sucks/Leper Bureocracy shit I know there were more. There was also a glam rock hair band that practiced next door to the Schmeg for a bit which was kind of hilarious.