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DEAD HUNT:
Demonstration 2015: CS
Extremely polished, heavy crust from the Seattle area. They take a lot of cues from classic Profane Existence, but verge on being full-on metal with blistering guitar leads over just about the whole thing. Actually, Pusmort Records may be a better frame of reference. Like, think Total Chaos with whammy bars. Fans of good recent crust like Decay After Death or Extinction Of Mankind will take to this with ease. Lyrics are typical for the genre and don’t tread any new ground but avoid bonehead, stupid phrases. Solid debut!  –Ian Wise (Rust And Machine)


DEADLY VIPERS:
Cataclysmic Events: CS
Holy fuck, Detroit. Deadly Vipers describe themselves as “psych punk” and “kick ass chicks who spill heavy jams.” The songs here are focused and chaotic all at once. There are shades of Libyans, Crass, and Stooges perfectly reinforced with psychedelic guitar solos. Immediately after listening, I emailed them to thank them. It’s just so damn good.  –John Mule (King Pizza, kingpizzarecords.com)


DEATH CAMP:
Live at the Bug Jar 7/20/15: CS
This band released a 7” a couple of years ago that you can still find pretty easily in the markdown bin of your local record store or basement distro. It’s what people nowadays call a “dollar bin ripper” as it was a solid recording from a band that was settled nicely into a genre but didn’t really catch traction because it’s not all the way there. That record has a heavy NYHC vibe that was dubbed “classic” by many a hipster blogger. The sound was good, but was very modern—with vocals that were more inspired by West Coast weirdos than DMS bangers and hidden behind a strange wall of reverb. This recording might as well be a different band, and had it been released on vinyl would certainly not be cast off to the dollar bin for the curious traveler of tomorrow to pick up and file away in a room too small to house all their records. The first song “Wolf Prince” is a strange, cathartic listen with moody dives and Christian Death-style breakdowns buried between evil rocking. The first song fades into the second “Strange Beast,” with a twin guitar intro reminiscent of Thin Lizzy that immediately dives into ‘80s cock-rock riffing (think more Change Today and less Shout at the Devil). We’re just two songs in. The recording continues on as a hodgepodge of sounds centered around a cohesive theme. There’s the seven-minute stomp of “Big Trouble” that calls to mind the Gorehounds, but with a slow lead break that feels so familiar but impossible to place. The intro for “Punch Line” retains their former NYHC vibe but makes it sounds fresh and new in the context of the rest of the cassette. Throughout the recording, the vocals are theatric and thematic, akin to recordings of Tomato Du Plenty or the rambling prose of Spencer Moody. For all the fucking weird bands from Rochester, this one may be the weirdest. It also may be the one with the most possibility of producing a commercially successful record that doesn’t dumb down their sound. There are bolts that need to be tightened down in their sound, but this is a band poised to do something very interesting. –Ian Wise (Self-released, deathcamp.bigcartel.com, deathcampny.bandcamp.com)


DEATH CAMP:
Live at the Bug Jar 7/20/15: CS
Death Camp have moved beyond simply being in the middle of an odd Venn diagram—Cock Sparrer and King Diamond and Roxy Music overlapping—and are now in their own world. For example: the stomping bravado of “Young Tyrant” leading into a reverent cover of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” that comes halfway through this astonishingly hi-def live cassette. There’s no telling where the band will go from here (the band isn’t often in the same room together). If Headbanger’s Ball is still on the air, somebody should book them. Maybe make them the new hosts.  –Matt Werts (Self-released, deathcamp.bigcartel.com, deathcampny.bandcamp.com)


DEFEATER:
Abandoned: CD/LP
Perhaps some of you are familiar with Defeater’s modus operandi. For those who aren’t, Defeater is a concept band from Boston and all their songs relate to a fucked-up family in post-World War II New Jersey. Abandoned doesn’t focus on the family, but instead a periphery character, a priest who makes an appearance on a song on their first album Travels. The priest is a WWII vet and the eleven songs explore his experience after the war and losing his faith. Musically, the band is still playing melodic hardcore, but the lyrical content strikes really close to me. Losing faith is something that seems trivial to people who haven’t experienced it, but it’s life-altering for those of us who have endured it. Guilt, doubt, and hopelessness are strong emotions that appear in the lyrics and Derek Archambault’s throaty yells emphasize the depth of the experience the priest undergoes over thirty-four minutes. Besides Archambault’s great vocals, the drumming is also worth mentioning. Joe Longobardi is a monster on the drums and there were moments I was blown away by how tight his playing was. Defeater hasn’t ever put out a bad album, and not only is this not a bad album, it’s easily their best. It’s intense, moving, and thoughtful, and worth checking out for any fans of melodic hardcore.  –kurt (Epitaph, epitaph.com)


DEL-TOROS:
Surfival of the Rockest: CD
From the name of the album alone, you already know that you’re going to get fuzzed-out, jangly surf guitar in spades. Del-Toros don’t just bring the surf though. The band also brings a bit of spaced-out garage rock and a punk rock sensibility to the mix. Their songs with vocals tend to be punchy, with good riffs that make the head bob. Long instrumental breaks—including a couple of fully instrumental tracks—either end songs or serve as extended bridges between them. I tended to prefer the parts that had vocals, as some of the longer instrumental riffs felt like they dragged on a bit long. Of the instrumental tracks, “Static Ejection No. 10” was my favorite, partly for its sweet harmonica solo. Surf rock fans are sure to dig Del-Toros, but the jammy instrumental parts might lose a lot of listeners.  –Paul J. Comeau (Lighttown Fidelity)


DEL-TOROS:
Surfival of the Rockest: CD
This great European band brings high energy, “respect the rock”-style garage with some surf overtones to the table. As an unapologetic “rockist,” I highly endorse this slab, produced by Rollins Band soundman/fifth member Theo Van Rock. Really cool mix of Scandi hard rock with surfy guitars and—unlike a lot of the late ‘90s bands—this one can actually write a song instead of just a guitar lead. Sounding a lot like a better Flaming Sideburns with a surf lead guitarist, Del-Toros just rip it up from start to finish here. –frame (Lighttown Fidelity)


DESTRUCTORS / MALINGERERS, THE:
Deus Luna: Split: CDEP
Three songs each from these bands. I don’t know too much about The Malingerers, but The Destructors are no strangers to this writer. Each band serves up two originals and one cover each. The Malingerers are expert players and the songs are obviously well-crafted. But it is The Destructors who ratchet it up a notch when their turn arrives. “Gentleman Jack” is my favorite from their selections. Short? Yes, but worth seeking out.  –koepenick (Rowdy Farrago, thedestructorsuk@gmail.com)


DIRECT HIT!:
More of the Same: CD
Pop punk treading similar sonic water as a billion others, with maybe a little bit more going for them in the ability to string lyrics together. Not my cup o’ poison at all, and not interesting enough to leave any lasting impression.  –jimmy (Red Scare)


DIRECT YOUTH:
Self-titled: 7”EP
Copenhagen has discovered youth crew. Derivative though this may be, they do the genre justice, strip mining the mid-’80s period rather than later periods when metal and other shit influences creeped in. Tunes are fast yet melodic, angry yet catchy in the ways that made the genre popular in the first place.  –jimmy (Halshugga, halshuggarecords.tictail.com)


DISMAL SWAMP LORDS:
Self-titled: CDEP
Five-song EP that brings to mind the best of The Blasters and The Knitters. The slide guitar is on point here. “The Devil Does the Driving” is sneaky and creeps up on your expectations. I’m sure The Flesh Eaters have also probably been coming through the speakers at some point, too. Promising start. It will be intriguing to hear more.  –koepenick (Bossy Lil’ Thing, dismalswamplords@gmail.com)


DOUBTFIRE:
Self-titled: CD
Inasmuch as I think torch-carrying for ‘90s pop punk is an indulgence that would be best served by packing its own mouth full of snow and leaving itself on the back porch of the igloo to die, and inasmuch as I spent the ‘90s largely immune to the charms of the McRackins (yes, I know, they were egg-cellent, sue me), and even inasmuch as I am as apt to think of the Proteens or Klopecs when I’m trying to remember the Prozacs, I must admit there’s some pretty neat stuff going on here and there on this disc, a slick collaboration between Bil McRackin and J Prozac. Whilst the glossy a capella harmonies that kick off this thirty-three minute excursion into technique made me fretful that I was going to be sitting thru half an hour of Bon Jovi-core, “Don’t Be That Guy” sounded enough like a song the Methadones would have covered on Power Pop Riot that I was able to unharden my heart and listen to the rest without having to bite a bullet or some other manner of chewable ammunition. While numbers like “Love This Rock N’ Roll” and “Punk Rock Heart” are a bit on the nose, lyrically I got to admit they way they repeatedly work in a sample of Dee Dee yelling “one-two-three-four” in time with the rest of the song is pretty damn cool. If only Tim from Mutant Pop Records could be alive to hear this ultimate consummation of his label’s aesthetic! Oh wait, he is. Well fuck it, then. BEST SONG: It’s probably “Just Maybe,” but that damn Dee Dee sample really puts “Punk Rock Heart,” which would otherwise be kind of cornball and lame, over the top. So maybe that one. BEST SONG TITLE: “Kung Fu Magoo” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Ends with a cover of Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open the Door,” just so’s you know into what you’re getting.  –norb (Jerkoff, jerkoffrecords.com)


DREAM JOURNAL:
Competitive Eater Songs: CS
Is this the first punk read-a-long record? Are all of these songs dreams? Competitive Eater Songs is a collection of vignettes and glances into the minutiae of the weirdos (a carpet salesman who writes poetry on the backs of carpet samples, a disreputable sand artist, a pool cleaner at a NASA training center) who make up life on Earth. Or maybe it’s just a document of a bunch of goofs being all goofy. Not as personally affecting as Wrangler Brutes or The Dead Milkmen, but Dream Journal know how to write both a sick riff and a compelling scene.  –Matt Werts (Drug Party)


DOLLAR SIGNS:
Yikes: CD
I was enjoying this album pretty thoroughly on the first listen. And then the track “I Hope I Don’t Fuck This Up” came on and I quickly began telling close friends about this cool new album I found. Dollar Signs has some shakiness to them. There’s some off-key vocal crooning, seemingly random genre switching, and a good dose of slacker rock influence (if that kind of thing bothers you). The end result is somewhere between folk, indie rock, ska, and pop punk. Basically, anything goes, and for me that’s definitely a plus. Check this out if you’re a fan of Bomb The Music Industry, Against Me!, or other punk bands that tread the line of not really being a punk band. (I wrote that sentence before I even got to the Jeff Rosenstock cameo on “Reinventing Dollar Signs,” so I feel even more justified in that comparison.) Grade: A-. –Bryan Static (Death To False Hope, deathtofalsehoperecords.com)


DRUNKEN RAMBLINGS, THE:
Dialectics: CDEP
Six songs and seventeen minutes of off-key, poorly sung pop punk. One song has a harmonica. It’d be kind of adorable if it weren’t so bad.  –kurt (Tiny Little Creatures)


DUMB LUCK:
Tides: CS
There’s a lot to like about Dumb Luck. They play that sort of jangly, poppy punk that sounds a bit country (the same country I hear in Dan Padilla). I love the female vocals that come in—not on every song, but just the perfect refreshing amount. Her voice is beautiful, but cracking and imperfect and so punk. I’d love to hear her sing more in another band, but I think that the male/female vocalist trade-off in Dumb Luck builds a tension and anticipation for her vocals. I like the assured delivery of the lead male vocal. Aside from a minor a criticism about the songs being too similar, it’s a damn fine cassette I want to keep playing over and over. The reason I keep coming back to it hits on something deeper: “are we playing at survival/’cause it’s sinking more/ than I care to admit/and as the water flows around us/it’s always keep your chin up boy/face the torrent.” The inflection of the last part is cryptic: What do they mean by “it’s always?”There’s a twinge of bitterness in their delivery. Are they making fun of that patronizing cliché you hear/are told when shit gets rough? Is it a (reluctant) anthem? Is it just a cynical acknowledgment of the cold facts of life? Right now, I’m keeping my chin up because I have no other choice. It doesn’t feel noble or brave or resilient; it feels like the unsure voice in the song, in the words they wrote. In a different time, I might prefer an anthem or even a bleak depressing hardcore dirge, but right now, I’ll take Dumb Luck—a perfect salve for the bleak times I’m going through. I’ll be spinning this one for a while. –Craven Rock (Self-released)


DYSNEA BOYS / JIFFY MARKER:
Split: 7”
This split bridges the Atlantic to bring us two sides of dirty, distorted skate punk. Vancouver’s Jiffy Marker has an old-school snottiness that reminds me of a trashier Blank Pages. Interesting, seeing as Dysnea Boys are the ones who share a hometown (Berlin) with that band. But their track is more raw and aggressive, more of an OFF! kinda thing. Go figure. Also, I’m getting conflicting information on whether the Jiffy Marker side is supposed to be one song called “Party Prison on TittyBeach” or a two-part saga consisting of “Party Prison” and “TittyBeach.” I guess it doesn’t matter; we’re all ending up at the same place anyway.  –Indiana Laub (Debt Offensive, debtoffensiverecs.blogspot.com)


EARTH GIRLS:
Someone I’d Like to Know: 7” EP
Punk pop outta Chicago. Fuzzy geetars, simple but effective hooks, and in the sweet spot between not too aggressive and not too sappy. –jimmy (Dirt Cult)


EBENEEZER & THE BLUDGEONS:
Peer Pressure: 7” EP
Another darling of the Killed By Death crowd gets reissued. Hailing from Maryland, this is the band’s only proper release, a four-track bit of feral rock originally unleashed on an unsuspecting public in 1978. For the life of me, I’ll never understand why “Oh, I Love This Weather” gets all the love when “Fake,” with its crunching power chords, is clearly the pick to click here, but there’s no accounting for taste, I guess. Buy it up while you can and impress your friends.  –jimmy (Windian, windianrecords.com)


EEL:
Anti Nuke: EP
Blown-out noise from the wastelands of Pittsburgh. These guys are mining the early ‘80s Japanese noise bands like GISM and Confuse. The Disorder cover makes perfect sense and they fucking nail it. I dig the look and the vibe of the band but I’m missing the steamroller aspect of bands like Frenzy or Nervskade or the hooks of Disorder. Cover art by a bloke from Doom. Worth a look for sure.  –Tim Brooks (Beach Impediment)


ELWAY:
Better Whenever: CD
Let it be known that Elway is the emo-rock straw that broke this camel’s back. Nothing new here. I’m hearing some Hot Water Music and some wistful heartland rock. I’m sure there are more contemporary reference points, but I didn’t like this type of stuff the first time around and just keep picturing eighteen-year-old sad boys in flannels and hoodies playing this while driving back to their parents’ place after spending the weekend at their girlfriend’s new college.  –CT Terry (Red Scare)


EMPTY HEADS:
Self-titled: 7”
It took me a minute to figure out what speed to play this 7”. 33 RPM sounded too slow, 45 too fast. Turns out Empty Heads is on the sluggish side of melody-driven punk—grungy and corroded, hollow eyed and in need of a nap. This Canadian four piece has me feeling like I’m on the last leg of a cocaine binge—kinda gross-feeling, but in a good way. –Jackie Rusted (Debt Offensive, debtoffensiverecords.bigcartel.com)


EVERYDAY THINGS:
Self-titled: 7”
Canadian power pop/pop punk with a side of mod. Clean cut and polite. You could totally bring these dudes home to mom. Boppy and bouncy. Good. Clean. Fun. Great record.  –Jackie Rusted (No Front Teeth, nofrontteeth.co.uk)


EXCELSIOR:
Punk Floyd: 7”EP
Low-fi-as-fuck DIY garage punk rock from a four-piece group of Londoners. I’m not joking about the lo-fi-as-fuck part. It sounds like they are playing inside a trash can. Four songs about not being able to get laid, being broke, broken hearts, getting drunk, lame scenes, and “Undead Forth Reich,” an account of zombie Nazis that have an insatiable craving for blonde-haired, blue-eyed prey. Apparently, the motive is to create a new, Nazi army of the undead. I was unaware of the scores of films with this plot, so don’t get your panties in a bunch if you are über sensitive; I’m sure it’s just pretend. –Jackie Rusted (It’s Trash, itstrashrecords.bandcamp.com)


EXTERNS:
All That We Know Is Death: CS
Externs sounds like a mix of Wipers, Total Control, and Cold Circuits laden with plenty of anxious, melodic post-punk guitar. I mean, need I say more? Pretty fucking killer. Be on the lookout.  –Camylle Reynolds (Self- released, externs.bandcamp)


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