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UNDERCLASS UK:
Kill the Poor: CD-R
From the outset of the first song or two, one can tell these cats have some history behind ‘em, and lo and behold, their one-sheet says they’ve been kicking around since ‘83. Unlike your average modern day “street punk” band singing about getting drunk and so on, these guys are aware of more timely issues affecting the average punter (including football, of course), and deliver things with a snarl that’d make Last Resort proud. Says the album (specifically the title, I reckon) got them briefly banned from Facebook for being “likely to incite hatred and/or violence.” They’re now offering the album for free download via their Facebook page. I suggest you take ‘em up on their offer. –jimmy (facebook.com.underclassuk)


TION:
Piano = Pu$$y: 7" EP
Self proclaimed ragtime-keyboard-grindcore, Tion definitely gets brownie points for style. The back cover features a kitty playing a keytar with a bullet-belt strap. As a grindcore connoisseur, I’m quite impressed by the sounds they get out of that keyboard: heavy chugging with weird, spastic key solos that sound closer to a Theremin than a guitar. Fans of Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Mike Patton, and Jud Jud will appreciate this. –Matthew –Guest Contributor (Bitch Building, Hippiesinflames@hotmail.com)


SHALLOW END DIVERS, THE:
Demo ‘11: CD-R
Seven-song demo EP from this Boston area band. These six dudes live in close proximity to my secret bunker location. I was a bit shell shocked at first since the demo came in a brown paper bag. Like, was someone’s soggy sandwich in this previously? Oh well, it’s what inside that counts. Noisy “Nuggets”-style rock that kicks like Tabasco sauce in your beer. I’m pretty sure there is even some kind of wild glockenspiel action on the second song! Heartfelt and brawny; looking forward to more stuff from these rock and roll daredevils. –koepenick (Self-released, shallowdivers11@gmail.com)


REVILERS:
Self-titled: LP
These guys make me wanna slam a bunch of beers and get fucking rowdy. They have a very tight and full sound. The two guitar players split vocal duties and the choruses have strong gang vocals. Upbeat and in your face, these guys definitely understand and appreciate the importance of rock’n’roll in punk rock music. “Quit My Job” is my favorite cut on here. It makes me wanna do so. They even do a cover of The Killer himself, Jerry Lee Lewis. A very strong and solid record. –Nighthawk (Contra, contra-net.com, myspace.com/revilers)


RABID DECEPTION:
Self-titled: 7"
At one point, Rabid Deception was a perfectly normal band, roaming free in the wilderness like any other. Then they got caught. They got locked in a cage. Their captors dragged them out daily and taunted them, beat them, fed them scraps. The nice drained out of them, leaving a vacuum to be filled with a snarling fury that has been unleashed upon this world in the form of this record. –mp (facebook.com/RabidDeception)


PISS N BLOOD:
F.T.W.: CD
Debut release from this California four-piece. Singer Ron Anger was in Lost Cause back in the 1980s. Here we get a strict ration of Stooges/Dolls/Pistols playing. There is even a Stooges cover tacked onto the end. If you like any of those bands, more than likely this will be up your alley. Solid playing and intense lyrics. The spirit of ‘70s punk is alive and well here. Don’t miss out! –koepenick (Self-released)


OLD LINES:
Demo: CD
Old Lines play dark, raw, gritty, and heavy hardcore punk that totally rips! I was blown away when I saw them play in a basement in CT, and this demo does a great job of capturing their live ferocity. The demo includes three songs of catchy riffs, manic drum beats, and throat-blistering vocals. The only disappointment here is how quickly the demo is over. Three songs just aren’t enough! Thankfully, the band is heading into the studio to rerecord these songs, plus a few more for a second release later this year. Pick this up to tide you over until then. I can’t recommend it enough. –Paul J. Comeau (oldlines.bandcamp.com, oldlines666@gmail.com)


NO FUNERAL:
Masters Wish: EP
Noisy, blown-out hardcore with a definite dark metal influence (repetitive riff and guitar sound, rabid vocals). The songs run together and the guitar is effective at creating a cold and grim atmosphere. “Pain Forever” builds on the title track by retaining that cold guitar sound but puts some speed and urgency into the song via the drums and bass. The other side is “Forever Pain” which is decent, though much looser and more chaotic. It took me a couple listens to warm to it, but now I’m a convert. Apparently, these guys were supposed to play The Smell last year, but for some reason the club decided to say “No.” Some things never change. Too bad. I’d like to have seen them. Maybe in the future at another spot? –Matt Average (Wands, wandsrecords.blogspot.com)


NEW CRIMINALS, THE:
Crime Always Pays: CD
Six glorious blasts of catchy Ramones-style punk rock. No two ways about it, The New Criminals bring it on Crime Always Pays. The songs are the perfect length—generally one to two minutes—and leave you wanting more with their undeniable catchiness. Great stuff for the short attention span set. –Garrett Barnwell (Basement)


NEUTRON RATS:
Feral Dogs: EP
Noisy as hell hardcore that has the Scandinavian d-beat thing happening, but not a note for note rip off by any means. The drums are pure chaos. The bass is loud and up front with the guitar (which sounds like it’s played by shards of glass). The delivery is urgent, almost to the point of mania at times (like in the song “Eczema”). You get four large and loud blasts here. The only one who might complain is your neighbor. Other than that, who cares? Just crank this fucker way up! –Matt Average (Loud Punk, loudpunk.com)


NATURAL CHILD:
For the Love of the Game: LP
There are two albums in the career of The Rolling Stones when they were absolutely self-assured in their sound, and one of them is Some Girls. Yeah, I said it. Natural Child has achieved Some Girls. This is what Natural Child was trying to sound like on their first LP. I remember reading on the interwebs some time ago, Natural Child wrote a manifesto of sorts. They were gonna take the torch of rock’n’roll from the Rolling Stones, maybe even bum-rush the stage and strongarm the old fogeys and become the new kings of rock’n’roll. I would like to see this. –Sal Lucci (Burger)


MEAN MAN’S DREAM:
Demo: Cassette
Where most hardcore punk bands either master playing heavy or playing fast, Mean Man’s Dream does an excellent job at both. Driving riffs that make you want to headbang until your neck snaps and tons of guitar wankery and bass noodling typify each of the five tracks on this demo. Thundering drums and searing vocals with sharp political lyrics complete the package. It’s hard to pick favorite tracks on a tape this good, but “Options” and “Spring/Autumn” are my picks—”Options,” for its epic riffs, and “Spring/Autumn” for its lyrics regarding Occupy Wall St. Featuring current and former members of Soul Control, Wasteland, Relics, and numerous other great bands, this is a must-listen. –Paul J. Comeau (meanmansdream.bandcamp.com, meanmansdream@gmail.com)


LOVE BELOW, THE:
Demo 2009: Flexi 7”
This is the rerelease of The Love Below’s 2009 demo, featuring four songs of fist-pumping, sludgy hardcore punk. The intro and corresponding sample drags a bit, but once things get going, you can’t help but rage along. The riffs are solid, especially the breakdowns, which had a couple of sweet scream-along moments. If you listen closely, there’s a bit of guitar wankery that can be heard on a few tracks, though I’m disappointed that it’s mostly hidden by the quality of the mix. Mix quality aside, after listening to this demo I’m definitely stoked to check out more of The Love Below. This flexi 7” is a great intro to the band. –Paul J. Comeau (A389, skateintothefuture@yahoo.com)


INFERNAL NAMES, THE:
II: Lust Feels No Pain: 7"
Two more originals from these Toledo miscreants and a Dashburns cover on the flipside. The cover depicts a dude handcuffed to a towel rack, passed out on a toilet with cups of beer and cigarette butts sittin’ next to him. This scuzzy, pissed-off, Flag- and Misfits-worshiping crew play hardcore that sounds like the cover looks. And I mean that as compliment. –Ryan Horky (Scumbros, scumbrosrecords.bandcamp.com)


HUSSY, THE:
Stab Me: 7"
When I put this record on, the first thing I heard was a distant, repeated, “Woo wee hoo.” It sounded so far away that I didn’t realize at first that it was coming from the record. I ran to the window, wondering who the motherfucker was dropping melody in the parking lot, distracting me from my business. This record took advantage of the distraction, sneaking up behind me with its glockenspiel-led barrage of catchy, chaotic tunes and holding me captive, forcing me to play the damn thing over and over again until it was me standing in the parking lot screaming “Woo wee hoo!” at the top of my lungs. –mp (Eradicator, eradicatorrecords.blogspot.com)


HUSSY, THE:
Stab Me: 7"
Released in conjunction with their second LP, Weed Seizure, and featuring “Stab Me” offa the same LP. The sound is similar to the aforementioned LP: noisy and psych-tinged, but still tuneful. The Hussy make a tremendous racket and have tons of energy for a two-piece. Featuring a cover of “Molly Molly,” originally by The Midwest Beat (who covered The Hussy’s “Sexi Lady” on their Eradicator Records 7” last year). I’m in a band with the naked man on the cover. Love that guy! –Sal Lucci (Eradicator, eradicatorrecords.blogspot.com)


HIGHTIME:
Ishe Prende: CD
Adelaide, Australia’s very own Hightime play a competent blend of ska and reggae-infused punk rock on this CD, apparently their debut release. Give this disc a few listens and one can certainly ascertain that the band is doing all the right things for this genre. I don’t listen to much ska-punk these days, but I’ve been happily listening to this while sitting in traffic as of late. The lyrics are smart and the rhythm section is tight. Personally, I was partial to the straight-ahead rockers, but there’s nary a dud on the whole CD. –Garrett Barnwell (Urban Scandal, urbanscandalrecords.com)


GIVE:
I Am Love: 7"
This has been out awhile, but I felt the need to show it some love. If you’re not familiar with Give, they are ex-Lion Of Judah, playing jams in the vein of their previous project, but a bit more rock’n’roll sounding. Catchy riffs and vocals you can’t help but want to scream along with. If you’ve yet to check out Give, this 7” single is a great place to give them some love. –Paul J. Comeau (Triple-B, givemusical@gmail.com)


FROZEN TEENS:
Self-titled: LP
A really steady album of power pop charmers. There is lots of Midwest riffing from the guitars while sticking to punker song structures. They too are from Minnesota. I’m trying to “Replace” my words. Fuck it; they have qualities similar to the Replacements. “Been a While” could be a lost classic. The songs have a bit of Americana-influenced whang without sounding affected. –Billups Allen (Mauled By Tigers / Do You Hear We)


FRENZY:
Noizey Trouble: EP
At first glance, this seems like it would be noisy stuff like Disorder, or the more recent Nerveskade (which this band has ex-members). But pay a little closer attention and you hear a more early ‘80s influence. There is definitely the blown-out distortion and constant din of feedback. But the song structures and the delivery is more in tune with the early hardcore stuff. The percussion sounds straight from Septic Death (which to me is a good thing), and the songs are more in tune with stuff like the Neos and Midwestern bands. The delivery is very urgent, as you can hear it in how forcibly and deliberately the lyrics are spit, really pushing the weight of every word into your ear. They get thrashy, but they retain enough personality in each song. That helps make a lasting impact. “Mental Anesthesia” is a cooker! This is pretty damn good stuff. –Matt Average (Distort Reality, skell_@hotmail.com)


DEATH BY SNOO SNOO:
Tästä Saat!: CD
Not to be confused with a band from Kentucky sporting the same name, this outfit hails from faraway Finland. Despite the colorful artwork and playful name (their name apparently comes from the title of a Futurama episode) they crank out some serious female-fronted hardcore. I admit that I sometimes have a hard time with European punk rock, especially bands that speak totally foreign languages like Death By Snoo Snoo. But despite my total ignorance of the Finnish language, I found myself rather liking this release. –Garrett Barnwell (deathbysnoosnooawaits@gmail.com)


CULTURE KIDS:
Self-titled: LP
As much as I like things like hardcore punk to expand and push the envelope, it seldom happens. I do appreciate and get off on bands playing it straight and to the point. Culture Kids aren’t redesigning the wheel by any stretch, but they do rip it up, and that’s all that really matters in the end. This is straight, no-frills hardcore punk that sounds straight out of the halcyon days of the early ‘80s, yet, at the same time, this stuff sounds fresh and like no one else around. The guitars are fuzzy and scratchy, the amps sound like coffee cans, the bass is a low end burble, while the drums are shaky and rattly. Sounds like the whole thing is about to fall apart, which means this is executed with perfection. The urgency is in the red, and it’s convincing, to say the least. –Matt Average (Make A Mess, makemakeamessrecords.tumblr.com, makeamessrecords@hotmail.com)


BIG HANDS:
Self-titled: 7” EP
Instead going the staid route of speed-as-evidence-of quality, this lot grab that sweet spot and wrench, twist, and squeeze it for all its worth. Guttural, sleazy, heavy, and fuggin’ brilliant, this is, and looks to have only two hundred copies in existence, so start scramblin’. –jimmy (Gaphals, gaphals666@gmail.com)


BAD ADVICE:
Do Not Resuscitate: 7"
Short ‘n’ sweet—four tracks of prime cut hardcore, recalling the early output of bands like Capitol Punishment and Articles Of Faith. They probably could’ve popped another tune or two on here, but as it stands, this is pretty danged swell as is. –jimmy (Grave Mistake)


ANGEL SLUTS, THE:
Singles Staring at the Steady: CD
I like this band. They’re like the band that’s last on the bill of a night with a bunch of half-dull bands that you only came out to see because your friend was in one of them and you felt you had to show up out of obligation, and your feet are kind of tired and you kind of think it’d be nice to just go home and take your shoes off and watch Mission: Impossible and call it a night, but you figure you better stick around for the last band or you’ll look like a douche, and then they rock it and you get one more beer and you dance around like a dumbass and spill half your beer and go back and get two more, and, at the end, you realize that sticking around for that band just made your night. It also made you kind of smelly and gross, too, but, y’know, one takes what the market will bear. I realize that, over the years, i’ve compared this band to an insipid number of other bands, all told, but, following staunch perusal this singles/odds/ends compilation, i think i’m settling in on an overall Mullens comparison—straightahead, effective rockers, without time nor inclination to get overly cute nor clever about things. Uh, “Love” notwithstanding, of course. Keep it slutty, yo. BEST SONG: Well, of the songs I hadn’t heard previously, I’ll say “44.” Old faves like “5 And Dime” and “Untitled” are still swell, too. BEST SONG TITLE: “Untitled.” The Angel Sluts don’t have time for this jiggery-pokery! FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: The CD cover is made to look like a flattened-out cassette J-card. This is either really clever or totally fucking stupid. Possibly both. –norb (Fat Sandwich, fatsandwichrecords.com)


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