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VILENTLY ILL/MR. CALIFORNIA AND THE STATE POLICE:
Split: 7"
Vilently Ill: Well, that was a waste of two minutes of my life. Mister CA: …and that was a waste of another two. Jeez, it wouldn’t have been so painful if at least one of the bands were remotely funny. –Jimmy Alvarado (Proud to Be Idiot)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Rock-N-Roll-A-Go-Go Vol. 7: CD
Antiseen, Pulpit Red, Nova Express, and the Nutrajets contribute two songs each to this, which means you get eight tracks of punk-infused rock‘n’roll. –Jimmy Alvarado (Devil Doll)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
A Fistful of Rock ‘n’ Roll Vol. 10: CD
Twenty-five bands (including Speedealer, Groovie Ghoulies, Bulemics and others) give you twenty-five tracks of stoner metal, Detroit-inspired Swede rawk, garage punk, and everything in between. Some tracks are pretty good, but on the whole I’m so burned out on the niche that I find it damn hard to even feign interest anymore. Cosmic Ballroom’s “You’re the Man” did get my toes tappin’, though. –Jimmy Alvarado (Devil Doll)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Rocked ‘n’ Loaded: 2X CD
A pretty rockin’ comp here with all kindsa normally disparate sounds filling up the track list, from ‘60s horror surf to rockabilly to psychobilly to skinhead punk to Detroit-by-way-of-Sweden rock‘n’roll. Fifty-two tracks spread across two discs here, featuring music by The Templars, Nekromantix, Demented Are Go, Coffin Bangers, Hellvis, Hudson Falcons, The Cenobites and a truckload of others. A mighty fine, surprisingly consistent listen here. –Jimmy Alvarado (Rock ‘n’ Roll Purgatory)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Sick Kicks for Shock Rockers: 7"
A nice sampling of what’s been going on towards the LA/OC border, featuring the Liberats, 40 Oz. Rescue, The Assailants, Deterrance, Psychotic Reaction, and Clit 45. The order of the day on this is hardcore and all six bands plant their feet firmly in that pigeonhole. While this ain’t exactly Flex Your Head or anything, it is a nice sampler of some of the things you can find just under the surface of LA’s pop punk wasteland. –Jimmy Alvarado (Violent Reaction)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Mechanized Death – A Tribute to the Accüsed: 2X 7”
A comp with sixteen bands, none of which I’ve ever heard of prior to this comp, crank out sixteen Accüsed covers. The results are adequate for the most part, but it would’ve been nicer to hear what they have to say and judge them on their own merits rather than how well they interpret the work of a long dead band. There’s worse things on which you could blow your money, although, as I hate most tribute records, I’ll be damned if I can think of one. –Jimmy Alvarado (Transparent)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Loved by Few, Hated by Most: 7"
Ahh, now that’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout…. Ten bands bring to the table thirteen tracks of blistering hardcore from at least three different continents. This is sure to melt the paint off the walls and make the neighbor’s lawn die if played too loud. Guilty parties include Milkman, Bury the Living, Crispus Attucks, Dandare, Brezhnev, The Blurters, AVO, Something in the Water, Anger In Motion, and Jesus & the Gospelfuckers. –Jimmy Alvarado (Kangaroo)


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 Alvarado (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 Alvarado (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 Alvarado (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 Alvarado (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 Alvarado (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 Alvarado (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 Alvarado (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 Alvarado (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 Alvarado (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 Alvarado (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 Alvarado (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 Alvarado (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 Alvarado (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 Alvarado (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 Alvarado (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 Alvarado (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 Alvarado (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 Alvarado (Disgruntled Nation)


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