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UNCURBED:
Ackord för Frihet: CD
Hard ‘n’ heavy fjordcore with the requisite Discharge-isms from these Swedes, not as fast as some, but a tad speedier than said influence. While obviously derivative, they’ve managed to inject enough of their own personality to keep them well outta the Dis-clone/D-beat ghetto that is no more creative or better than one where everyone apes, say, Blink 182. This’ll get blasted often and loud. –jimmy (Sound Pollution)


TRENCH COAT YUPPIES:
This is Next…: CD
Like the Starship Enterstink, this band’s apparent mission is to boldly suck like no band has sucked before. –jimmy (Trench Coat Yuppies)


SUPPRESSION:
Burnt Out Receptacles: 7"
Crazy, complex noisecore from a band comprised of a bass player and a drummer. Maybe it’s a good thing they don’t have a guitar player, ‘cause, considering the racket the two of ‘em manage to scare up, they might kill someone with any additional firepower. Fans of Unsane’s more up-tempo work, take note. –jimmy (CNP)


TOY DOLLS:
One More Megabyte: CD
Their next-to-most-recent album here, this one originally released in 1997. Considering that the Dolls seem to have developed a template for songwriting over the years and have rarely, if ever, strayed from it, the songs contained here are quite exemplary, with some of them containing some of the catchiest hooks they’ve some up with in years. As per usual, a couple of cover songs (“(I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles,” “The Devil Went Down to Scunthorpe”) are given the Toy Dolls treatment. When you take into account that the most run-of-the-mill Toy Dolls release is miles ahead of some other bands’ best work, the fact that this one is especially good makes it a rare gem, indeed. –jimmy (Captain Oi)


SPREAD EGO:
Micro-Manipulators: CDEP
The latest in aural terrorism, courtesy of El Monte punk legend Frank D. This latest project plunders sounds he mined in previous bands, resulting in a synthesis of the melodicism that fueled his prior band, the Naggs, and the wild time signatures and off-kilter skronk of his first band, Cascius Clay. The result is a potent cocktail of equal parts Jesus Lizard and later Black Flag, with maybe just a smidge of Slug thrown in to give it some edge. This ‘un is gonna stay glued to the stereo for some time. If you’re looking for something that’s guaranteed to give you a headache in all the right ways, you can’t go wrong with this bad boy. –jimmy (Spread Ego)


SLOW POISONERS, THE:
Self-titled: 7"
They reminded me of how truly horrible music in the 1970s could get. File next to Nillson and forget for thirty years. –jimmy (The Slow Poisoners)


SCATTERED FALL:
For All I’ve Lost: 7"
Two speedier numbers on the A-side, neither of which were too shabby. Singer’s raw-voiced, band is tight, etc. The flipside’s where the meat is, though, with slower tempos, strong musicianship apparent, and just a tinge of that old OC dual harmony sound to add some ‘oomph” to the proceedings. Damn fine work. –jimmy (Deadpan)


REVILLOS:
Attack: CD
I must profess ignorance of this band’s music, for, while I consider myself a fan of their prior incarnation as the Rezillos, I’ve never heard anything past their earlier punk heyday. That said, all that comes to mind while listening to this is, “Whoa, what a difference a few years make.” Where the Rezillos were revved up and tighter than hell, the Revillos are less manic, a lot looser in delivery and betray more influences, from Bo Diddley to rockabilly to surf and beyond, melded into their sound than their preceding incarnation. According to the liner notes, the original release of this was completely unauthorized and marred by inferior sound quality and mixes, so, with painstaking searchin’ and reconstructin’, the band has put this superior version together, featuring alternate mixes and alternate versions, as well as single, B-side and previously unreleased tracks. The result is some mighty tasty pop tunes with a heavy nod to the world of sci-fi and schlock horror cinema. Of particular note is a great cover of Screaming Lord Sutch’s “(She’s Fallen in Love with a) Monster Man.” Great listening. –jimmy (Captain Oi)


PLATE-O-SHRIMP:
The Brunch of the Living Dead: CD
I liked the two fast songs here, “Boss of Me” and “D-R-U-N-K,” but the rest came off as not-particularly-exciting mid-tempo rock/punk. –jimmy (Plate-O-Shrimp)


PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES:
Alien Pubduction: CD
A reissue of PTTB’s most recent release here, dating from 1998, I believe. On the whole, it’s a pretty middle-of-the-road affair, not quite achieving greatness, but not quite wallowing in the netherworld of god-awfulness, either. I kept waiting for those patented guitar leads to thwack me over the noggin’, and they did make appearances here and there, but they never quite delivered the coup de grace. Let’s hope the next one gives me a right proper beating. –jimmy (Captain Oi)


PATH OF DESTRUCTION:
Self-titled: 7"
Gruff hardcore with pro wrestler-style vocals. Although more than adequate, there’s a little too much “tough guy” and not enough genuine outrage to suit my tastes. –jimmy (Sin Fronteras)


LOCAL OAFS/THE PRICKS:
Split: 7"
Three tight, fast-as-fuck thrashers that come and go way too soon. I feel like someone just jabbed me in the ear with an ice pick and ran away. Local Oafs: They remind me of early Stupids with a drummer about as flashy as 7 Seconds’ Troy Mowat, but damn if they aren’t a fun listen. Considering I was bracing myself for some really, really bad pop punk, I’m mightily impressed. This bad boy is a keeper. –jimmy (Subway Star)


LIBERATS, THE:
Disgrace: 7"
Fairly stereotypical “old school” backyard hardcore with the requisite “we’re the youth of today/we’ve got something to say” brand of lyrics and chanty parts. They aren’t bad at it, but they’re also neither inspired nor inspiring at this point. Can’t wait to hear what they come up with once they get past all the hero worship and start looking for their own sound. –jimmy (Violent Reaction)


KUMPELBASIS:
Mächte des Alltags: CD
I guess this is German street punk. All I know is that while I listened to it, I found myself missing the days when bands like Inferno were laying waste to the Rheinland. This stuff sounds like post-Epitaph punk-lite. –jimmy (Intensive Scare)


ICONS OF FILTH:
Nostradamnedus: CD
Jeez, what’s with all the old anarchy bands giving it another go? Just heard some amazing stuff from Discharge, I hear Conflict is making rumblings again, and now this…. This stuff is not as cranium-reaming or intense as their “classic” work could get, but there’s still enough of a spark peeking through here and there to keep your interest piqued, and they get heavier the louder you crank the stereo. Sometimes, when you think the song is gonna be pretty bad, they get all Rudimentary Peni on you (although the vocal work comes nowhere near Nick Blinko’s throat shredding) and you end up bobbin’ your head along. The lyrics still have that political stream-of-consciousness bent. In short, pretty good, but would greatly benefit from a little more “oomph.” –jimmy (Go Kart)


ESTROGENOCIDE:
Self-titled: CD
Minimalist synth-core with lyrics about raping and killing. Probably funny when they were recording it, but I lost interest midway through the first song. –jimmy (M.H. Records)


DUMBSTRUCK:
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It: 7"
A repress of the first seven-incher from a band featuring ex-members of Ripcord. The sound is spastic hardcore a la Gang Green. The Poison Idea cover was choice. –jimmy (Deranged)


DISGRUNTLED NATION:
Self-titled: 7"
Some mighty fine work from this Montana band. Tempo changes aplenty, personal lyrics that prove that life in a small town still bites the big one, and subtle, yet knowing, musical references to BGK and, of all bands, Journey. One kick-ass little piece of wax. –jimmy (Disgruntled Nation)


DIEFENBAKER:
Los Muertos: CD
Although they appear to be from Sweden, they remind me of all the things I hated about Berkeley’s Gilman scene back in the late ‘80s, namely vaguely poppy punk with enough college rock sensibility to make the whole thing annoying as hell to sit through. –jimmy (Suburban Justice)


COMMON ENEMY:
Outsiders: CD
Uh, is this a joke? If not, this is some of the worst skate punk I’ve heard in decades. You get lackluster delivery of lackluster songs coupled with lyrics that would be laughed off of a Mystic Records comp. The whole thing reminds me of the Sonic Youth/Sin 34/Redd Kross joint joke band, Anarchy 6. Only at least some of that band’s songs were actually worth the time it took to listen to them, which isn’t the case here. –jimmy (Common Enemy)


CIVIL DUTY:
Shit ‘n’ Piss: 7"
Pretty mediocre hardcore from a band that are probably the bee’s knees on the local Fresno scene, but come off as more than a little hackneyed on this disc. To paraphrase one of their songs, they’re nothing new. –jimmy (Violent Reaction)


BOOKS LIE:
Weep: CD
I’m assuming they’re supposed to be a hardcore band, but they sound more like a talentless emo band than anything else. A decade from now, when they’ve all sold out and got the corporate jobs that are their birthright, they can pull this outta the box in the back of the garage, show it to their kids, and tell them of a time when mommy and daddy were cool. Should work so long as they don’t ever play it for the little rugrats. –jimmy (coalition-rec@hotmail.com)


BLACKLIST, THE:
Attack: CD
High-octane punk rock‘n’roll from Australia. Their songs hurtle along at a nice enough pace and the non-pretentious approach to their tunes makes this a worthwhile listen. These guys just wanna rock, and it shows. –jimmy (Stolen)


ASSAILANTS:
Hate Machine: 7"
Some of the material that came with this says this EP is the final statement from this Cerritos band, which is a shame to hear, ‘cause these kids had it goin’ on. Sweet mid-tempo hardcore with no discernible metal influence, which is how we like it best around these parts, and some smart/stupid lyrics to boot. Sad to see you go, guys. –jimmy (Violent Reaction)


ANGER IN MOTION:
Reverends and Rednecks: 7"
Five tracks of raging, vaguely metallic thrash, recorded thirteen years ago by an Aussie band I’m assuming is long dead. Pity, ‘cause it sounds like they were a mighty fine band, indeed. I’m hoping they have other stuff out there that’s readily available, ‘cause they are worthy of considerably more notice. –jimmy (Kangaroo)


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