Shiv were single-minded in their willingness to kick ass, at least on this CD, which was just about the most wicked flat-out thing to come out of New Haven at the time (outside of Hatebreed and that whole scene, of course). I have a couple of Shiv 7"-ers that I don't like nearly as much, one of which got snapped completely in half one night, although I still kept it (see below). On "Flayed and Ashamed", though, Shiv pile up the points in bunches, with each song propelled by some sort of monster guitar riff while Keith shotguns contempt at just about everyone and everything through his lyrics ("shithead... dirt bag... bastard... drunk").
Once Shiv was laid to rest, Keith became the frontman for the Spoilers alongside Puggs from Ugly Truth, and if there's one Connecticut band whose demo I wish I still had, theirs is it; it was like the Devil Dogs and New Bomb Turks all rolled into one, and it swung like a motherfucker. The other day I found the tapes from when I interviewed the Spoilers in '99, which oughta be worth transcribing now that the rock is back and open for business, though that's a story that I'll save for another day.
(these files are now listen-only)