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DOOR-KEYS, THE:
Greenwood Park Mall: CD
Rhino recently reissued pretty much every album X ever recorded with bonus tracks at $11.99 list. That’s not to say that this record is bad, but you really should listen to Wild Gift or Under the Big Black Sun before picking this up so you know where it comes from. –scott (Plan-It-X)


DOGHART TRIO:
Sarcazo Politikal: CD
An entire album of this is just not acceptable! The main instrument? Harmonica. The singing style? More said than sung. The lyrics? Sorta political. Joke check? Not sure. But the last song, “Punk Rock Taught Me How to Sew,” is hilarious, and is definitely a joke. And it includes people shouting, “Cross-stitch! Needlepoint!” Punk rock! If this were a cereal, the last song would be Quisp. Silly! But the rest would be Urkel O’s—more annoying than funny. –Maddy (self-released?)


DISRESPECT:
Self-titled: 7”
Featuring veterans from the Minneapolis punk scene, Destroy and Misery, is this male/female led band. Instead of the anarcho crust that is prevalent of bands on this label, this band plays more to the tradition of early ‘80s British punk. It’s a mixture of the Destructors, Abrasive Wheels, and Blitz. While the band captures many of the elements of the sound, it just seems to me that they are playing a tad too fast. Some of the vocals sound off time or rushed. By slowing it down and focusing more on the groove, the vocals would roll of easier and more natural. As the band gets more cohesive from time together, they could be one that will be turning heads in the future. –don (Profane Existence)


DIRTY FINGERS, THE:
Rock & Roll Ain’t Easy b/w Still Want It & Wake Up Dead: 7
If Rock & Roll is a tattoo parlor (wait! Am i saying that there is a chance that it’s not??), the Dirty Fingers are flash. Hey, at least they’re workin’! BEST SONG: “Wake Up Dead” BEST SONG TITLE: n/a FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Crazy Stevie Baise plays bass on this record, and i wouldn’t’ve guessed that in a billion years had i not peeked at the back cover. –norb (Riff Raff)


DIRECT CONTROL:
Self-titled: 7”
Man, what I wouldn’t give to see these guys on a double bill with Out Cold. Balls-on hardcore here with lyrics touching upon familiar subjects: corrupt politicians, drug abuse (the smokin’ “Hardcore for Heroin”) and life in a shitty town. The next time someone asks me why I insist on subjecting myself to bad music month after month, I’m gonna pop this on the turntable to illustrate how sweet it is when a really good record comes along, ‘cause although it may not be wholly original in concept, this one is nonetheless a stunner. –jimmy (Kangaroo)


DINAH CANCER AND THE GRAVEROBBERS:
Self-titled: CDEP
Yep, it’s that Dinah Cancer, all right, and she’s giving 45 Grave fans far and wide a second chance to get their respective undead jollies with this latest band of hers. Included on this four-song disc are 2004 remakes of “Dream Hits,” “Evil,” “Riboflavin…” and “Procession.” Although Dinah is the only member of the band who originally haunted the stages here in L.A. with 45 Grave, her band of cohorts here do a damn good job here. Those included are past/present members of: guitarist Daniel De Leon (Calavera/Lobo Negro), bassist Lisa Pifer (Snap-Her, Lisafer, Faghags), and drummer Hal Satan (Penis Flytrap). Word has it that besides this being the second offering of 45 Grave, the band has full intentions of letting their originals come into being in the near future. Keep your ear to the headstone, boys and ghouls. –dale (www.dinahcancer.com)


DIGBY:
Falling Up: CD
Words cannot describe how much this record sucks. I happen to believe that Del Amitri wrote a few catchy songs; not necessarily anything to write home about, but catchy. This band apparently worshipped at the Altar of the Glaswegians. It’s so utterly generic that both the tray card and liner notes are white with little adornment; during the interminable solos, I kept expecting to hear someone sincerely say, “Dude, sweet licks!” This might well play in Peoria to office workers who still want to feel cool and support live music and bar bands even though the last record they bought was by Michelle Branch. My ears must be fucking bleeding by now. –scott (Toucan Cove)


DIE HUNNS:
Long Legs: CD
This is Duane Peters’ latest incarnation. If you ask me, not a good idea. He teamed up with Corey Parks, the ex-Nashville Pussy bassist (who I have a lot of respect for for being able to play the bass with such enormous boobs). They both share a lot of the vocals early on on some watered down rock’n’roll songs. Duane tries to save a lot of it with his unmistakable vocals, but it just doesn’t fly. US Bombs and The Hunns, it’s not. Things do start to pick up near the end of the CD when Duane takes over the vocals and the music seems to sway back into more of a punk vein. But it’s too little, too late. There is also a video that comes with it if you can stomach Mr. Peters with makeup on, Marilyn Manson style. –toby (Disaster)


DETONATIONS:
Static Vision: CD
Sounds to me as if somebody imported Seduce or Danzig or The Cult or some other bullshit late ‘80s music into Adobe® Photoshop™ as a tiff file, then, from the drop-down “Filters” menu, selected and applied the “Garage” filter a couple of times. To reside in whatever city this band hails from is now certainly a source of great dishonor. BEST SONG: Well, i thought they did a half-decent cover of T. Rex’s “The Slider.” Oh, wait, we’re still talking about Seduce, aren’t we? BEST SONG TITLE: “Speakereater” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Science has now uncovered a direct correspondence between usage of the Aarco font and inability to distinguish between the correct contexts for the words “your” and “you’re.” –norb (Alive)


DESTROYED, THE:
Outta Control: CD
Being old does not make something good. Originating with a stylistic form does not mean that something cannot be criticized. Releasing an album of material that hasn’t progressed in twenty-five years isn’t something to be praised; rather, it’s a decision which should be questioned. If music doesn’t advance in twenty-five years, if it doesn’t change, then don’t give us more of the same. –scott (The Destroyed)


DEREK LYN PLASTIC:
Invisible Skin: 7”

Todd has a conversation with himself.

 

 

T1: It’s one-man new wave band?

 

 

T2: Yes. It says it was written, performed, and produced by one dude.

 

 

T1: Is it any good?

 

 

T2: Better than that.

 

 

T1: It smacks of novelty.

 

 

T2: Sure it does.

 

 

T1: It doesn’t look like a new wave record.

 

 

T2: Nope, it sure doesn’t. Skulls aren’t heavily incorporated into new wave. Not as much as stripes.

 

 

T1: Does he wear a skinny tie, at least?

 

 

T2: There’s no picture of him. Just of someone passed out on the cover, but I don’t think it’s a picture of him.

 

 

T1: What’s so good about it?

 

 

T2: It’s surprising, when new wave doesn’t have that many surprises. It’s like ska. The mode’s set. It really depends on how well the songs are written. For christ sake, “Hardcore Addicts” sounds like Ministry minced with New Town Animals, but it’s really good. Demented, even.

 

 

T1: Get out.

 

 

T2: No, it’s like he found a new gateway through the trapped universe of new wave. It’s still catchy, the keyboards are still there, but the guitars and drums are turned up and hit hard. Nothing wrong with that.

 

 

T1: From the Northwest, at least?

 

 

T2: Atlanta of all places. Damn, it’s manic stuff. Mind if I flip it over again?

 

 

T1: Not at all.

 

 

T2: Folks who dig Dirtnap’ll lap this shit up. Left field surprise of the issue for me.

 

 

–todd (Derek Lyn Plastic)


DEMONS, THE:
Demonology: CD
Stockholm rock’n’roll band that has compiled a bunch of songs that apparently weren’t available before. There are a few rockin’ songs on here, but what stood out are some annoyingly repetitive choruses with very cheesy lyrics. For example, “Demons gonna punch you out,” “You’re just a fucking asshole,” and “Kiss me where the sun don’t shine,” repeated over and over. The whole CD isn’t like this, but it’s enough to bug me. To top it off, they do a terrible cover of the Misfits “She.” This is one of those CDs you just rip the good songs off of and sell back for something better. –toby (Gearhead)


DELAYED, THE:
Losing My Mind: CDEP
I’m not sure what to make of this one. There are moments during this five-song EP that remind me of early ‘80s bands like Hoodoo Gurus and The Smithereens. But then there are other moments, when they sound more like later ‘80s hair bands like Poison and Ratt. I think the problem is that the lead guitarist sounds like he wants to be in a pop-metal band, while the rest of the band want to be in a ‘77-era punk band. The songs are mediocre, but if they can clear up this confusion about who they want to sound like, I think they’ll be a lot more enjoyable. –brian (no label)


DECONTROL:
The Final War: CD
Great, loud hardcore, but two things really bug me about both this release: a) Why are the vocals buried so far back in the mix? Does the singer sound like a six-year-old girl or something? b) If you’re gonna put so much effort into being a band, why opt to ape Discharge instead of doing your own thing? Seems like such a cop out, you know? To be honest, I’ve got the same gripe with the whole “D-beat” thang: “Yeah, we’ve got a band, but we can’t think of a single original thought of our own, so we’ll just put some extra effort into sounding EXACTLY like some long-dead English punk band.” This is as bad as a Xerox reproduction. Yeah, tons of “classic” bands took their cues from Discharge, too, but the best of ‘em, including Mob 47, Krigshot and even the Fartz were able to put their own stamp on the template. –jimmy (Hardcore Holocaust)


DECONDITIONED:
Overpopulation Begins and Ends with You: 7”
Spastic hardcore, musically along the lines of a slower Deep Wound. Contains the first bikes vs. autos-themed song I think I’ve ever heard. Good stuff if you like it short, fast and sloppy. –jimmy (Banal Existence)


DEATHTOLL:
Self-titled: 7”
Slightly metallic, Marshall-pumped thrash, vaguely reminiscent of early Final Conflict, only without the political bent. –jimmy (Kangaroo)


DEADLOCK FREQUENCY:
Traffic: CD
Here is a band that sounds so much like Oi Polloi that I could easily fool many into thinking that this could be them. The singer here sounds so much like Degsy from Oi Polloi at times that it was hard to figure out who it sounded like since I had a preconceived idea that this band was going to be hardcore. If there were no screamo parts, the masquerade would be carried out. With a strong singer established, the backing band has to have the chops and this one does. The songs are punk-driven with light metallic overtones delivering mid tempo blasts of anger that are raw and engaging. If the lyrics were more focused and detailed on more political topics, this would be Oi Polloi’s equivalent here in the states. –don (Not Bad)


DEAD STOP:
Done with You: CD
The label describes them as a mix of Negative Approach and early Agnostic Front with a dash of Cro-Mags, and I really can’t argue with that assessment. This is some pretty danged good east coast-oriented hardcore firmly rooted in the ‘80s, but with enough chops to shake off any accumulated dust. Good, good shit. –jimmy (Deranged)


DEAD IN HOLLYWOOD:
Self-titled: CD
I thought this was going to be emo, but instead it was screamy stuff. I can’t say that I was any happier than if it’d been emo. –megan (Excursion)


DAUNTLESS ELITE, THE:
Security?: CD
Is Plan-It-X entering No Idea melodic-punk territory? Dauntless Elite play music that sounds a little like Dillinger Four and a little like American Steel, which means that YOU ALL KNOW HOW THEY SOUND ALREADY. But, hey, this is good nonetheless, if a little on the generic side. This is Kix. Dependable—and after reviewing the Gamits, this sounds like genius. I can’t complain. And I bet they could be amazing live! Good! –Maddy (Plan-it-X)


DARLINGTON:
Euthanize Me: CD
A lot of different influences here (Ramones/Social Distortion). Nothing complicated or necessarily good, just straight, low-fi, old school pop punk recorded the old fashioned way, with all the catchy hooks and lyrics I care to tolerate. “F-’em” and “Destroy All Lines” are the standout tracks on this release, but the rest was quickly forgotten. –Jason K –Guest Contributor (Disaster)


CZOLGOSZ/CRITICA RADICALA:
Split: CD
Critica Radicala: Romanian punk rock that makes up for its lack of intensity with unique vocals. Homeboy doesn’t scream so much as try to sing in rich baritone what’s on his mind. Interesting introduction for these ears to how some punks in Romania approach punk. Czolgosz: Holy shit, what happened with these guys? Last I heard from them was their full-length on Rodent Popsicle, which was good, but these six songs are something else entirely. Each song approaches the hardcore equation from a different angle and some very pointed lyrics take to task Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko, America’s complacent Left, police and Boston’s hardcore scene, among other topics. Damn fine punk rock from these guys can be found here. –jimmy (www.czolgosz.com)


COUNTERCLOCKWISE, THE:
Self-titled: CD
Lo-fi, down home creepiness in the best possible sense. It’s equal parts reckless Mummies slop, Hasil Adkins porch stomp, and something very bizarre that I can’t quite put my finger on. It’ll grow on you like some weird fungus, and then the next thing you know, you’ll be weaving down the sidewalk with half a jug of wine in your hands and these songs in your head. Embrace the madness. –Josh (Nation of Kids)


COUGARS:
Manhandler: CDEP
I happened to see the Cougars by sheer coincidence about two days before this CD came in the mail. I didn’t know anything about them, and I was standing there moving my head up and down in that way some folks do when enjoying music, and thinking (aside from, “man, that singer is quite a showman, grinning and leering and bobbing like that”) that it COULDN’T be an accident that they sounded THAT MUCH like Rocket from the Crypt (Horns and tempo. Mostly horns.), and here they were playing in Rocket’s home town with about nineteen people watching, and nobody from Rocket there to approve or disapprove. Then someone from Rocket did show up, but he was just there to drop off his girlfriend who was in one of the other bands, and I think he watched the Cougars for around one minute. Having now heard the CD, I can state that they sound more like Nazareth than I noticed at the show. They’re from Chicago and have some of that Midwest (Jesus Lizard) goofiness, and the man says, “Good luck with your big pants” in the song “Cookietown.” Good enough for me. –Cuss Baxter (Thick)


COPEATER:
Wisconsin Grindcore: CD
The title says about all you need to know about them, for “Wisconsin grindcore” is, indeed, exactly what they are. I have no doubt that the legendary Mike Thrashead will be in fuckin’ nirvana the moment he slaps this onto his player. Purty artwork of zombie-like corpses. –jimmy (First Blood Family)


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