Raw Power's "Screams from the Gutter" LP was released by the infamous Toxic Shock label in 1985, a time when US hardcore was beginning to lose its direction. Short-sighted Americans who only paid attention to their own country often cite this time as the "death" of hardcore. One listen to "Screams from the Gutter" should put that idea to rest. Recorded and produced by Zero Boy Paul Mahern in Indianapolis during their first, of many US tours. Many would classify the Italian legends Raw Power as "crossover" hardcore because they employ heavy riffing and wanky solos in many of the songs, but their ferocity defied any generic label. Whether or not they were named for the Stooges album, Raw Power had as much to do with the ultra-high-energy of the Detroit rock sound as they did with contemporary heavy metal or punk and hardcore.