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DOUBLE DAGGER:
Sophisticated Urban Living: 7"
The cover has a picture of skyscrapers with clothes drying on clotheslines drawn in—very appropriate considering the title. On one side of the 7” is “Luxury Condos for the Poor.” The flip has two tracks: “No Allies” and “Art Machine.” The a-side and “No Allies” have a post-hardcore sound à la D.C. They also kind of have an At The Drive-In sound minus ATDI’s pop appeal. The lyrics are politically charged on the front and personal on the back. They have a sound that I don’t hear too often these days; though, I don’t seek it out, either. Nonetheless, it’s a sound that’s always kind of refreshing to hear. “Art Machine” is white noise. I’m going to give ‘em the benefit of the doubt and say that it’s a (much needed) critique of “bands” that pass off the bullshit noise they make as art. Thankfully, it only lasts for a few seconds. –Vincent Battilana (Terra Firma Limited)


DOUBLE DAGGER:
Self-titled: EP
Flehhhh... A few loose ideas. No strong focus. The title track is terrible lyrically and musically. Sounds like something from the ‘90s. The opening track is cynical “screamo.” “Catalogs” is a simulacrum of Fugazi, and the dance track, “Dancefloor,” is sort of like gabber but with far less interesting results. –Matt Average (Toxic Pop)


DOCTOR BIRD:
Meet Dr. Bird: CD
Very nice handmade cover for a disc with music that sounds like a band some of your buddies in college always starts that isn’t all that great but affords them the opportunity to refer to “the band” later in life when they look fondly back on their wacky years as an undergrad and thought they could change the world with their hippie-dippy alt-rock tunes. –jimmy (no address)


DIVISIONS RUIN:
Self-titled: 7”
Pretty generic, heavy crust from Ireland, similar to Ballast without nearly as much charm. You’ve got your requisite male/female vocal tradeoffs, Tragedy-esque melodies, bleak, black imagery, etc. You should pretty much know the drill by now. Granted, it’s incredibly difficult to stand out in this genre, but Divisions Ruin don’t even seem to be trying. –Dave Williams (Contraszt!)


DIRECT HIT:
#1: CD-R EP
Remember when all those bands starting popping up that thought Green Day invented punk? Well, it looks like it’s time for bands who think Sum 41 invented (and actually play) punk to start popping up, if this is any indication. Sure, they cover “RockawayBeach” (horribly), but that excuses nothing. Whatever the case, this sounds like mall punk. Seriously, the only thing louder than the drums in the mix is the suck. –Vincent Battilana (Bright Ideas Music)


DIANOGAH:
QHNNNL: CD
First things first: I have no idea how you pronounce the name of this album. What this CD really brings to mind is the one time I saw Pinback, who I caught opening for Slint. Dianogah is comprised of two bass players and drums. Other instruments like violin, keyboard, and drums pop up occasionally, along with female vocals to compliment the male vocalist in the band. The songs are post-rock with a big, open, clean sound, for the most part. Things tend to be mellow, but in a nice, atmospheric way. A few of the tracks ratchet up the intensity considerably, though, with some ominous guitar or some tweaked out bass like the songs “Qhnnnl” and “Snowpants.” Quite a few of the songs are instrumentals too, but they never get wanky and wear out their welcome. All in all, this is some fine indie rock to put on when a nice, contemplative mood is in order. –Adrian (Southern)


DESTINATION : OBLIVION:
The Bridge to No Where: CDEP
These six new cuts from goth/electronic outfit, D:O, are less orchestrated than former releases.  Here, D:O has morphed into a prog black metal duo. This EP wields more 808 kick drum and a denser song structure. “Paid in Flesh” has that signature speed metal double-bass drumming going on and is probably the most solid song. The remaining tunes have well-crafted melodies but tend to lose momentum when transitioning to another part of the song. –Kristen K (Apocalypse Machine)


DEFEKTORS:
Secret Trials: 7" single
Only two songs: short and simple, yet addictive as hell. Enough to get you off your dead ass and hovering over the turntable to flip the record over for another listen. And another and another and another... Defektors take a page from early L.A. punk like the Eyes, but with more of a garage sound. Damn catchy, played with attitude, and a solid delivery. Downright life-affirming. –Matt Average (Nominal)


DAVILA 666:
Self-titled: CD
So far as I can tell, these guys are a current band hailing from Puerto Rico, but found myself repeatedly searching through the meager information provided here just to make sure. What we’ve got here is a band steeped in equal parts, primal rock, ‘60s pop, trash rock, punk and minimalist stuff bands like the Cramps, Jesus And Mary Chain and the Scientists love so much, and they manage to serve it all up in ways that sound like they’re first, rather than reheated helpings. The delivery is subdued, but there is a strange bit of edge bubbling just underneath. Don’t let the fact that the lyrics are in Spanish deter you, ’cause one helluva band they is. –jimmy (In The Red)


DAUNTLESS ELITE:
Graft: CD
Is it a totally lame and stereotypical idea to have your boyfriend help you review records? Perhaps! However, I assure you that I make up my own mind, you know, being influenced by Gloria Steinem and all, but, in this case, it pays to have the assistance of someone who listens to the Dropkick Murphys and can say, “This sounds like the Dropkick Murphys!” Here’s what I’ll say (although keep in mind that the following comments are tainted by double X chromosomes!): This is really good melodic punk rock, kinda like Gunmoll or maybe even a little bit of early, non-acoustic Against Me!  And they’re from Leeds! Geographical note: that’s in England! Plus, it’s on Plan-It-X, a record label that has pleased me greatly by going back to releasing more straight up punk albums, in addition to the usual folk punk stuff! (Note: The U.K. release is on Bombed Out Records.) Buy this! It’s only five bucks! You’d spend that on coffee and a donut or two, so, come on! If this were a cereal, it’d be Raisin Bran! Solid base, not too sugary, just, you know, straightforwardly awesome! –Maddy (Plan-It X / Bombed Out)


DARVOCETS, THE:
Are... New Wave: LP
I’d like to see the bookshelves of the Darvocets. Songs about HARRP, time travel, Bigfoot, etc. There has to be some interesting titles in their libraries. The last thing I had heard from these guys was over ten years ago. These six songs are in the same vein. Early Midwestern style punk with an edgy and paranoid side. The vocalist reminds me of Doc Dart (Crucifucks). Demented and off balance. Perfect for this band. Definitely not typical. –Matt Average (Fashionable Idiots)


CUTE LEPERS:
Can’t Stand Modern Music: CD
Herr Nix and the gang definitely pick up right where the Briefs left off and let fly one of the best discs I’ve heard in recent months, but there’s a bit more going on just under the surface. Spackled in the cracks are bits of Elvis Costello and the same sorta power pop hero worship that made the Exploding Hearts so swell, making the songs even that much catchier. It’s always a good sign when you find yourself reaching to turn up the stereo song after song, and by the end of this I think people three cities down could hear this blasting from my car’s stereo speakers. –jimmy (no address)


CRITICAL PICNIC:
Self-titled: EP
Fast, chaotic, and belligerent hardcore with the scales tipped heavily on the thrash end of things. Definitely a lot of energy in this music. The rawness is kept intact, which is necessary for this music to work on record. I imagine, live, they deliver in full. At least they better... –Matt Average (Cowabunga)


COUNTING THE DAYS / HOLLYWOOD:
Split : 7”
It amuses me that many reviews for melodic hardcore use the term “fast” as a reason for calling an album good. If there’s one thing this split is, it’s fast. What does this entail? It kind of reminds me of Ruiner, and I hated that one 7” I heard by them. I guess if you buy music because it’s fast, this is for you? –Bryan Static (Burnbridges, www.burnbridges.net)


CONSTANT VELOCITY:
Muttonhead: CD
At first listen I thought, “This guy is tone deaf and these songs are ridiculous.” After a week or two, I still feel the same way, but the pop punk/humor rock band from Illinois has grown on me like radioactive fungus. “Truculent,” their most popular song, reminds me a lot of Cake’s mid ‘90s stuff—white boy rap over tense guitar rhythms. Their Spanish-influenced cover of Pink Floyd’s “Time” is both unrecognizable and excellent at the same time. Recommended. –Kristen K. –Guest Contributor (Misc. Music)


SMARTBOMB:
Diamond Heist: CD
I reviewed their last release just two months ago and I must say; this one complements it quite well. It’s an enjoyable experience following a band from their start and watching them grow. This release makes me hope that I’m able to keep watching them until their final moments, which, if this CD is any implication, will be epic. This one has more of a melodic influence then previous releases and the single best moment on the record is the song “Blood and Sand.” Keep it up, guys. –Bryan Static (Think Fast!, www.thinkfastrecords.com)


SMART COPS:
Self-titled: EP
The latest bands from ex-members of La Piovra and Ohuzaru. Snotty punk that recalls early Italian punk. The playing is loose yet solid. Hyper paced and all that. Sticks like glue to the formula. The b-side is the strongest, with the songs given more space. The a-side is okay, but the first two songs sound too much alike. This isn’t bad, but it’s one of those records that you won’t remember listening to a couple minutes later. –Matt Average (Sorry State)


SLEEPWALL:
Self-titled: 7”
“Come in from the Cold,” the a-side, is a track that, if it were on a comp, I would scramble to find the case so I could find out who played it. The first few notes reminded me of Fugazi’s “Promises,” but faster. From there, the song builds up to a mid-tempo blast with melody, replete with desperation, urgency, and desire. The vocals come off somewhere between a romantic offer and a plea for forgiveness. The two songs on the b-side have a bit of a harder edge, but, nonetheless, remain hook-laden. “Sleepwalkers” is the hardest hitting song on the wax. It is in the vein of melodic hardcore with yelled vocals. “This World Is Too Dark” is much closer to the a-side—no yelled vocals, but still harder than the a-side and less aggressive than “Sleepwalkers” overall. It almost seems like this song should be wedge between the two others until towards the end of the track. The outro of the song really has the mark of an album closer. It’s fuzzed-out, chaotic, and melodic. It’s complete and encompasses all that the rest of the 7” conjures. While I’m not going to compare them to Samiam, I will say that they sound like a band that would fit perfectly on a bill with Samiam. There’s a definite nod to the ‘90s in there. Thank you, Sleepwall. Thank you. –Vincent Battilana (Toxic Pop)


SIX SIX CRUSH:
On a Path: CD
These guys have taken to heart the lessons learned at the Motörhead School of Rockin’ Rambunctiousness, turning out twelve songs that start off in overdrive and never let up. While the song titles make me a bit glad a lyric sheet wasn’t included, the music makes me think I wouldn’t have cared any less if they did. Loud, heavy, and pitch perfect. –jimmy (Six Six Crush)


SILENT KIDS:
Dinosaurs Turn into Birds: CD
Breathy, slow indie rock that evokes long-time champions like Built To Spill at one moment and then modern rock radio favorites Death Cab For Cutie the next. I can’t really tell if the changing comparisons makes for a good thing or not, but I do know that the disc gets better as it goes on. What would help this band out would be some louder singing, more interesting song arrangements, and some kind of fresh, personalized touch to separate it from the pack. Get all of those issues in order and this may be a future Saddle Creek signing. –Reyan Ali (Two Sheds)


SHRED SAVAGE:
Demo: CD
What if the Adolescents liked heavy metal guitar solos, but enjoyed the rhythms of bands like Sexy and Scared Of Chaka? Yeah, I didn’t think it would sound this good either. –Bryan Static (Small Pool, www.myspace.com/smallpoolrecords)


SHRED SAVAGE:
2007 Demo: CD-R
At times I hear traces of what made early Adolescents so swell (specifically not being afraid to let the bass and guitar occasionally diverge from each other, adding odd textures to an otherwise straightforward song) buried here and there in the four songs these kids offer up on this disc. Other times, though, I also hear a wee bit too much Maiden-type metal in them geetars. Lotsa promise also in there, though, and I’m betting they turn into one of the greats soon enough. –jimmy (Small Pool)


SHORTCUTS, THE:
Self-titled: CD
Minneapolis girl poppy punk! The vocals sound sorta like Tilt and the music is upbeat and bouncy! Yum! If this were a cereal, it’d be Frosted Flakes! Recommended! –Maddy (Self-released?)


SHORES OF THE TUNDRA:
Heart of the Beckoning: 12" EP
Experimental metal, in the sense this has no focus. Nor is it heavy. This song—there is only one song on this record (the other side is a screen print)—sounds like a mish mash of half-baked ideas. Pointless. File under “forgettable.” –Matt Average (Scenester Credentials)


SHITREIGN:
Self-titled: CD
Reminds me of Anti-Schism, without the dark, atmospheric elements. While I may agree with the messages from Shitreign, their delivery leaves me cold. I feel like I’m being preached at. It’s like the oxygen is being sucked out of the room. –Matt Average (Stu Morris)


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