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HOBART:
Sorry I Asked: CD
Ever wonder what would happen if Leatherface put out an instrumental album? It would probably sound a lot like Sorry I Asked. This Hobart album is full of songs that build with tension and explode and build up the tension again. And there is some singing. The vocals aren't bad. They don't sound anything like Frankie Stubbs (only the music sounds like Leatherface). It's just that the vocals are one of the least important parts of the songs here. The focus is more on the musicianship, which is excellent. These guys can play. And it doesn't do them justice to compare them only to Leatherface. On top of that tension, explosion, more tension, Hobart also can mix in arty parts, not unlike Drive Like Jehu or the Hot Snakes. Overall, this is a nice little lost treasure. It's definitely worth hunting down. –sean (Sumo Agnew)


HEMI CUDA:
Classics for Lovers: CD-R
It starts off nicely with the lead track, then gets a flat and pulls off to the side. The bad news for Hemi Cuda is that there are quite a few female-fronted pop punk bands who blow them off the track, no matter how many different color wigs they have in the closet. Neither of these ladies have the loud, blaring pipes of Chica Baby of the Beautys or Cinder of Tilt, the instrumental dexterity of the Eyeliners live, or the sealed four-play-as-one-power of the Soviettes. Although they far from suck, they get stuck in bar rock mode for vast stretches, where the riffs get more tired than Jerry Lewis walking up a set of stairs. Sorry, shin-high leopard print boots and boss cars don't pull it through for me. –todd (no address)


HEINOUS BIENFANG:
Makin' It Nice for the People: CD
Louis Armstrong fronts an indie-rock band. Results are about as exciting as that description would imply. –jimmy (Moodswing)


HAYMAKER:
Fuck America: 7"
Musically, this is good. Solid, fast hardcore. But I looked at the lyrics. I'm no big fan of all governmental policy by any means, but this just pushes it too far. One of the problems is that they never specify anything. It's just fuck America, government is big brother, blabitty blah. Nothing solid, no examples, no reason for this hatred. To top it off, the solution offered is violent (and grammatically incorrect): "We'll attack with knife/cut out your eyes/slit your throats/and hang you by your string of lies,/your a politician/a fucking liar." Plus, in the liner notes it says, "In God we trust, all others we kill!!!" That scares me. –megan (www.haymaker.ca)


HABIT OF MINE:
Self-titled: CD
It says that they sound like Jeff Buckley, the Nuge, and Jane's Addiction thrown in a blender. It sounds like my friend KJ's one-show Soundgarden meets Alice in Chains type band in high school. Surprise! I don't like it. –megan (Sean Healy)


GUTS, THE:
Say Goodbye to Fun: CD
Another suck-ass pop band sporting Queers shirts for punk credibility vies for the chance to ride a gravy train that left the station nearly a decade ago. Your shot at major stardom is long gone, boys. Time to donate them Hot Topic-approved accoutrements to the local Salvation Army and go back to listening to your N'Sync collections, wishing for the day when you will be the next big thing. –jimmy (Spider Bite)


GROODIES, THE:
Self-titled: CD
This is punk that's too hardcore to be poppy, but has too many hooks to be hardcore. It's tight and full of energy and not unlike the Lunachicks, but they manage to mix up their song tempos a bit more and rock a little harder. A pretty good first effort. They're awfully talented for how young they are (I don't think any of them are old enough to drink), and they show a lot of promise. Keep your eyes open for these ladies. –sean (Failed Experiment)


GREASE MONKEYS:
Grease Blast: CD
A decent mix of garage rock and punk'n'roll, but the vocals are so simultaneously dull and grating they fuck up the whole vibe and thus encouraging the listener to embed the disc into the nearest wall. If they're looking for a reaction, I would venture to say they got one, but I don't think it was quite what they were expecting. –jimmy (Bronx Cheer)


GOGOAIRHEART:
Love My Life?Hate My Friends: CD
Part improvisation, part angular art-pop, this has got enough disparate sounds going to keep things interesting. While some experiments might not quite hit the mark, the desire to do something different is greatly appreciated. –jimmy (GSL)


GLOBAL THREAT, A:
Earache/Pass the Time: CDEP
It's been a long time since I heard these guys. In that time they have put out a ton of stuff. When I last heard them they were way more hardcore and slightly more political. This, I believe, is their latest offering. It's a good mix of fast punk music with some good lyrics. The lyrics focus more on everyday type issues and social matters. If you're a fan of A Global Threat, get this! You won't be disappointed. -Mike Beer –Guest Contributor (Rodent Popsicle)


GEOGRAPHY/FOXHOLE:
Split: CD
Geography: Emo blessed with a tone deaf singer. Foxhole: Emo with a guy who sounds like Springa from SSD rockin' the mic. The joy emanating from the pits of my stomach overfloweth and hits the toilet bowl with a resounding thud. More succinctly, sometimes I wish I was deaf. –jimmy (Chumpire 154)


GARRISON:
The Model: CDEP
Finally. Emo that doesn't make me want to shoot the most responsible party in the band. While I've never been a huge fan of Garrison's style of post-punk, vaguely hardcore-inflected emo (think Fairweather only with much less volume and no Youth Of Today at all, or Seam with slightly more distorted and angular guitars), compared to the tripe that most bands try to pass off as emotional music these days, it's positively exhilarating to hear songs which don't seem to have explicitly commercial ambitions (too much noise and dissonance). And really, isn't that what emo has become? It's little more than arena rock and Billboard chart aspirations - it's nothing more than the next big record industry correction in waiting. At least Garrison still has some guts and blazes something resembling an original trail. –scott (Iodine)


FUNERAL, THE:
Ruled By None: CD
And still another stereotypical "hardcore" metal unit rises from a very large heap of shit. Wish they'd go for the Korn/Limp Bisquik sellout move already, effectively hastening their slide into obscurity and ridding the world of one more lousy band. –jimmy (Endwell)


FIVE KNUCKLE:
Lost for Words, Far From Speechless: CD
I always used to ask myself, "Hey, what would happen if you mixed heavy metal jock rock with the worst vocals ever?" Well, now I know: You'd get this pile of crap! -Not Josh –Staff (Household Name)


FASTIDOS, LOS:
Ora Basta: CDEP
Italian street punk that was so nondescript that I couldn't muster the motivation to pop the disc outta the stereo and into the computer to marvel at the accompanying videos. –jimmy (KOB)


ENEMY YOU:
Video to Radio: 7"
Pop punk that pretty much comes off as standard fare. Nothing new ventured, nothing new added to the equation. –jimmy (Geykido Comet)


DYING MIDWESTERN:
This Killing Me Is Over: CD
Since this CD exists, it's obvious to even the dumbest listener that the killing didn't go on long enough. –scott (Evil Owl)


DIRTY WATER:
Self-titled: CDEP
It seems that anything that Mark Lind - formerly of the Hudson Falcons - is involved in, has undeniable touches of Bruce Springsteen, so it follows that Dirty Water come across like The Boss mixed with mid-paced, story-telling oi and gritty guitar breakdowns. I like it when it speeds up more. It's enjoyable, has a nice sway to it, but doesn't burn my eyebrows off, either. –todd (Street Anthem)


DEMINER:
Woes and So's: CD
Pretty generic power-pop without much power? or hooky-ness to make it pop, which doesn't leave you with much. –megan (Johann's Face)


DEADLY SNAKES, THE:
Ode to Joy: CD
More bluesy rock from In The Red, this lot being a pleasant and enjoyable ride through the poppier side of the garage rock of the '60s, with shades of Dylan, the Kinks and labelmate Dan Melchior, and augmented with various keyboards and maybe horns, and one of the guys is named Age of Danger. What the hell kind of name is that? –Cuss Baxter (In The Red)


CONTRACT KILLERS, THE:
Dressed to Kill: CDEP
Watch out! Comparisons to other bands that will mean nothing to most readers incoming! This sounds like a combination of Moral Crux and the Dimestore Haloes. Meaning, basic pop punk mixed with rock and roll sound, and lyrics about drinking, drinking, drinking, and girls. Catchy stuff, but with some pretty cheesy lyrics. Still, I'd check 'em out in a basement somewhere for sure! This is Golden Grahams. Pretty good. –Maddy (International Crime)


COMETS ON FIRE:
Self-titled: CD
Wild, lysergic-drenched space rock madness played by what sounds like it once was a hardcore band. Don't know who their dealer is, but I'm sure glad I never ran into a dose of what he's peddlin'. Scary, but recommended, tuneage. –jimmy (Alternative Tentacles)


COLOSSAL:
Self-titled: CD
I just got a new cat a few months ago from an animal rescue group and I really don't know the history of her other than she was abandoned. I came home from Razorcake HQ with a fistful of CDs to review and I left them on the floor of my music room/office. I come in to do reviews and I see one of the CD's is all bitten up. Teeth marks, straight through the covers and the plastic sleeve that was supposed to protect it. The CD is all the way on the other side of the room. There are faint paw prints and superficial scratches all over the disc. I wonder why she chose that particular one amongst the rest? After listening to this disc, I could see her point. To me, it sounds like the drone I hear on college radio. The songs are too long, too slow and too mellow. If I was a cat, I wouldn't waste the urine to spray on this to mark my territory. –don (Asian Man)


COBARDOS, LOS:
Hot As a Bitch on 45: 7"
My wife, who usually tunes out most of the crap I listen to, offered up a rare review of this, saying it was about as annoying as the crusty thing that develops on a squeeze bottle of mustard. To be honest, I couldn't have put it any more succinctly. They call themselves "raw 'n' dirty punk rocker," but sound more like some lame faux oi band with more emphasis on calling girls "bitches" than the usual "let's get drunk and beat someone up" bullshit so prevalent in that genre. This is not to say the lyrical quality is any better, 'cause it ain't. And don't even get me started on their name. Guys, the word is COBARDES, not COBARDOS. Limited to 138 hand-numbered copies on thick red vinyl? Uh, make that 137, 'cause this one just went sailing out my window. –jimmy (C-Town)


CAMAROSMITH:
Self-titled: CD
Soundgarden dumps their grungy Zeppelin pretensions and fully embrace Southern Fried Rock. Nice faux-"Sabotage" cover, crappy music contained on the circular piece of plastic within. –jimmy (Dead Teenager)


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