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ALL NATURAL LEMON & LIME FLAVORS:
Straight Blue Line: CD
The "Loveless" -era My Bloody Valentine influence is painfully obvious, yet this stands pretty well on its own. While not a sonically overwhelming or as densely lush as "Loveless," this group manages to effectively channel MBV's poppiness and wobbly, hypnotic repetitiveness through a sound not unlike Os Mutantes' psychedelic bossa nova experiments and come out sounding less like a rip off than extension of an idea. Shoegazers all over the world can rejoice. With this release, the total number of bands playing that style that are worth a piss has now been upped to five. –jimmy (Gern Blandsten, PO Box 356, River Edge, NJ 07661)


ACTION TIME, THE:
Versus the World: CD
Really boring minimalist punk with a touch of '60s rock. My suggestion would be for the guy to shut up and let the girl do all the singing. You suck hard, dude. –jimmy (Southern, PO Box 577375, Chicago, IL 60657)


ABIGOR:
In Memory: CD EP
So-so black metal. Even the Slayer and Kreator covers were weak. –jimmy (Napalm, PO Box 382, Bremerton, WA 98337)


324:
Boutokunotaiyo: CD
I was really apprehensive putting this thing on. I see sun flares on CD covers and my first (usually correct) assumption is that I'm gonna be lambasted by a bunch of emo crybabies pouring their poor, wounded hearts into some of the worst songs ever conceived. Thankfully, I was wrong in this case. 324 play some punishing metallic Japanese hardcore that could easily have been recorded in the mid-'80s. There's nary a slow song here and lots of gutteral "rooaooar" in the vocal department. Damn if this ain't some kickass stuff. I'm willing to bet that a double bill featuring these guys and Gehenna would be a very dangerous place, indeed. Yes, I recommend this bad boy. –jimmy (HG Fact, 105 Nakano Shinbashi-M, 2-7-15 Yahoi-Cho, Nakano, Tokyo 164-0013 Japan)


324:
Boutokunotaiyao: CD
After the "Soulwinter" 7" and the "Customized Circle" CD comes this absolute beast of a release. That is the only history I know of this band and that is all I own. This three piece from Japan has gotten plenty of references to Terrorizer (Earache Records, 1980s) for their pounding grindcore meets hardcore. The two releases that I got prior were almost exactly reminiscent of that band. This one carries on the same tradition but comes off heavier with added influence, in my ears, of Entombed and Hellchild. Manic and excruciating in their madness while the energy thrusts upon bleeding ars. -Donofthedead –don (HG Fact, 105 Nakano Shinbashi-M, 2-7-15 Yayoi-Cho, Nakano, Tokyo164-0013, Japan)


@PATIA NO/JABARA:
self-titled: Split 7" EP
@patia: Venezuelan political punk with that classic Latino hardcore sound, the closest comparison being early Atoxxxico. Jabara: Discharge-y hardcore with that patented Japanese over-the-top nudge. This is one great 7 incher. –jimmy (HG Fact, 105 Nakano Shinbashi-M, 2-7-15 Yahoi-Cho, Nakano, Tokyo 164-0013 Japan)


BLACK LEFT PINKY/FRANTICS:
Split: 7"
Black: Ho hum. Frantics: So this is what the Dickies would sound like if they were a hardcore band. –jimmy (No address)


KID WITH MAN HEAD:
Fond Memories of the Halibut Rodeo: CD EP
Bad Religion pop punk. Greg Graffin produced four of the songs. Surprise, surprise. –jimmy (Twentyfourseven, PO Box 35004, Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 2R8, Canada)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Geek Monger Music Volume One: CD

A more apt title could not have been found for this CD. Features Pezz, Manatee, The Banned and a bunch of other wastes of good musical equipment. I shoulda known that a disc featuring the Mormons wasn't gonna be too hot. –jimmy (Murk Ta, PO Box 4663, Lafayette, IN 47903)


TRAP ONS:
Self-titled: 7"
Primal punk rock dementia covering masturbating perverts, women with urinary problems, assholes and teenagers committing infanticide. Pure fucking genius –jimmy (Rapid Pulse, PO Box 5075, Milfor, CT 06460)


UK SUBS:
The Revolution's Here: CD EP
Of course, this is some amazing stuff from a band that has been around longer than most of you have probably been alive. So far as I can tell, this consists of new material and re-workings of some older stuff (unless I'm wrong about "Parties In Paris"), all of which sound like they were recorded around the same time as "Another Kind of Blues," although they were actually done in June of 2000. It's nice to know that after all these years, these guys can still kick the shit outta almost anybody that comes testin'. –jimmy (Combat Rock, 7, Rue de Paquis, 5795 Montigny-les-Metz, France)


TANTRUM OF THE MUSE:
Modernmu$ick(2000!): CD
For an apparent bunch of Christians, these guys are pretty hard. I guess, what with the violent lyrics and the various pictures of pigs' heads, they've decided to embrace the hypocrisy between the theory and actual practice of their chosen religion and exploit it for all it's worth. –jimmy (Take Hold, PO Box 19831, Birmingham, AL 35219)


SUPA DJ DMITRY:
Scream of Consciousness: CD
I guess disco's trying to make yet another comeback. It figures this guy was in Deelite. –jimmy (TVT/Wax Trax!, 23 East 4th Street, NY, NY 10003)


SUK:
Self-titled: CD

Pretty run of the mill hardcore. No big whoop here. –jimmy (Incriminating, 1021 E. Broadway #125, Long Beach, CA 90802)


MAN SCOUTS OF AMERICA:
Crash Course: CD EP
It's AC/DC without Bon Scott, a well-disciplined Zeke, some Cadillac Tramps, an obligatory upbeat pop punk love song and a stupid name all in one! Draw your own line in the sand. Draw your own line in the sand. Draw your own line in the sand. Oh, I'm sorry. Was I being repetitive? –thiringer (R.A.F.R.; <www.rafr.com> and <www.manscouts.com>)


KILLING FLAME:
Another Breath: CD
Late '80s sounding hardcore. Judging from the No For An Answer quote, I'm willing to bet that they're straight edge as well. Yippie. Pass the Newcastle, 'cause it's gonna be a long night. –jimmy (Equal Vision, PO Box 14, Hudson, NY 12534)


KILL TONE THEORY, THE:
Self-titled: 7"
A pretty movin' little slab o' wax. Four up-tempo punk rock/Rip Off-style ditties that come and go in a blur. Good stuff. –jimmy (www.sy.net/killtone)


KICKED IN THE HEAD:
Thick As Thieves: CD
I expected some good, loud hardcore, but got musically proficient pseudo-metal from a group trying to pass itself as hardcore instead. Fuckers. –jimmy (202 Whitwell Street, Quincy, MA 02169)


KERMIT'S FINGER/ZIPPO RAID:
They'll Play Anywhere: 7" EP
Kermit's: These guys get better with every release. Five hardcore (circa 1982) slaps to the face that sometimes remind one of Feederz at their speediest. Zippo: Sadly, these guys weren't as memorable. –jimmy (Fan Attic, PO Box 391494, Cambridge, MA 02139)


EXCEL:
Split Image: CD
Once upon a time, kids, way back in the mid-1980s, there was this evil scourge known as metal punk, which was actually not all that different in its infestation than ska and poop (err, pop) punk are today. Like ska, there was nothing truly evil about metal punk as an entity, but the influx of copycats pretty much ran it into the ground four months after it reared its ugly head. See, back then a bunch of punk rockers found that growing your hair out and infusing "thrash" (once the preferred term for speedy hardcore) with "chugga-chugga" metal riffs and long, wanky guitar solos could be considerably more profitable than playing "Dollar Night" at the Cathay every week. Well, to make a long story longer, many of the bands that opted for this style became household names: Suicidal Tendencies, Cro-Mags, Agnostic Front (hell, virtually all of the state of New York). Even "proper" metal bands hopped onto the cash cow and milked it for all they could: Slayer, Metallica, Exodus, Overkill, Anthrax et al. Most, however, who followed this particular trend to the bitter end wound up basically back in the same place where they began and ended up following the next trend, and the next, and so on. Which brings us to Excel. Originally called Chaotic Noise, Excel were often lumped in with the whole "Suicidal" head trip, which was something they always claimed not to be a part of, if memory serves. As a speed metal band, they weren't all that bad, as this re-release of their album (plus assorted demos and comp tracks) illustrates, and the fact that they maintained their ties to punk rock even as their hair follicles became more active was also a definite plus. On the crossover "food chain," they were probably somewhere in the middle at their peak, not quite DRI, yet they probably rarely hurt for a gig. While I was never really a fan of Excel, I didn't hate 'em, either, and at one time I considered their drummer Greg a friend of mine. Listening to this disc brought back fond memories of the Suicidals and the skins trying to kill each other at the Balboa Theatre, cholos with shotguns gunning for punkers at Hoover Park, playing at a straight edge fest (featuring a bill that that all the X-handed morons who pay outrageous amounts of money for "crew" singles would cream over) at that same park fucked up outta my gourd on booze and coke, and assorted other drunken nights with my friend Stephanie and her then-boyfriend Matt. Jeez, where do the wild days of misspent youth go? –jimmy (www.rottenrecords.com)


COFFIN SHAKERS:
Halloween: 7"
Picture Johnny Cash on a horror/B-movie trip. –jimmy (Reanimator, PO Box 1582, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1582)


BURNING PIPE HARMONY:
Revolutionapalm: CD
Big rock'n'roll sound with loud guitars. To be honest, I'm getting kinda bored with this subgenre. –jimmy (Hiljaiset Levyt, PO Box 211, 33201 Tampere, Finland)


BRASSY:
Got It Made: CD
Kinda new wavy, kinda hip hoppy. A lot of the music on the tracks is reminiscent of Run DMC's "You Be Illin'," which would normally be a bad thing, but the songs work well enough as a whole to make one overlook this faux pas. Not bad at all. –jimmy (Wiiija, 17-19 Alma Road, London, SW18 1AA, England)


BLACK DICE:
Self-titled: CD EP
Out of 15 tracks, two could actually be construed as songs, and they weren't nothin' to write home about. In all, a waste of 11 valuable minutes of my life, by my calculations. –jimmy (Troubleman Unlimited, 16 Willow Street, Bayonne, NJ 07002)


BABY MONOXIDE:
Lake Street Basement Tapes: CD EP
Sludgy female-fronted punk rock. I detect a slight Hole influence in there, but it's more akin to early the pre-Kurt days, thankfully, 'cause I loathe anything by Hole after their first album. The songs are a little on the long side, but it ain't too shabby as a whole. –jimmy (5215 South Farm Road 189, Rogersville, MO 65742)


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