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WEAVING THE DEATHBAG:
The Devil’s Punchline: 7”
Hyperspeed Wisconsin thrash along the lines of label-mates The Neighbors, with the socially conscious lyrics and the going as fast as possible, though with a couple slow parts for them to rest their arms. –Cuss Baxter (Kangaroo)


WAYOUTS, THE:
Take a Walk b/w Have Love Will Travel: 7”
Pretty standard and perfectly adequate ‘60s garage rock from 1985 San Francisco, with requisite poor sound a la four track cassette. I hope they played with Dead Moon. –Cuss Baxter (J & T)


VULVETTES:
This Is the Science We Believe In: CD
Quite possibly the best impersonation of “Live at Target” era Nervous Gender I’ve ever heard in my life. Gloriously noisy and annoying in ways I’ve haven’t enjoyed since the early ‘80s. Highly, highly recommended. –Jimmy Alvarado (Dragnet)


VOIDS:
Kill a Generation: CD
Some pretty good female-fronted hardcore here. Although I would’ve personally preferred to hear more rhythmic variation from song to song to break up the monotony, especially after thirty-four minutes, their songs and delivery are good enough to keep one’s interest piqued.  –Jimmy Alvarado (Dr. Strange)


VITAMIN X:
Bad Trip: LP
Naysayers, when whining about how hardcore died in 1986 or whatever year they stopped listening it, condemn this kind of music as nothing more than stunted vocabularies, monkeybeats, thudding guitar riffs, and an increasing emphasis on fashion and style. For the most part, they’re right, but every so often, bands like Vitamin X or the Gordon Solie Motherfuckers come along and it’s just one chairshot to the face after another. Fast, but not ridiculously so, allowing the drummer to play some of the most inventive stuff I’ve ever heard a thrash band play. Thankfully, the guitar sounds closer to the Zero Boys than Youth of Today, and the singer never veers off into cookie monster territory or any “wasn’t Morrissey great?” interludes. This whole record flies by like a tornado of buzzsaws, duct tape, dirt, and blood. Couple this with their last album, and you’ve got yourself forty-something songs of prime hardcore listening. –Josh (Havoc)


VIPERS:
(We Are) Vipers: CD
This is that “Whoa! Yeah!” rock that seems to be the tops with the kids these days. For some reason, I give foreign bands a bit more credit with music that I feel like every other band is playing in exactly the same. When I found out that they’re from California, I lost all interest. –Megan Pants (www.wearevipers.com)


VIIMEINEN KOLONNA:
Irvikuva: CD
A Finnish thrash CD. –Cuss Baxter (Hardcore Holocaust)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Streetpunk Worldwide: CD
Twenty-five tracks from an international assortment of “street punk” bands illustrating that one need not be bald and American to have a lame band with dumb lyrics. SO much bad shit going on in the world and the best you can come up with is “Satan is a Skinhead”? Puh-LEEZE. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.rebellionrecords.nl)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Shite n’ Onions, Vol. 1: CD
I like the Pogues, I like Flogging Molly, and I like the Dropkick Murphys. Their timing was right for introducing Celtic music to the masses in their own unique ways. Now that the popularity of the concept is spreading, more and more bands are popping out of the woodwork. Heritage or not, of the fifteen bands on this comp, only two bands had tracks that did not remind me of the three bands I listed above. One of the two tracks by the band Neck was actually a cool psychedelic rocker. The track by the Spunk Lads reminded me of early Two Tone ska by way of the Specials. The music is well-executed but too much of a good thing can be too much to appreciate. –Donofthedead (Omnium)


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Rock Against Bush Vol. 1: CD
This CD is being covered by every music magazine possible, from Rolling Stone down to us. I also see it advertised everywhere. My views are so tiny compared to the others describing this. There are always more than two different points of view in every topic. But the subject of free thought and open discussion is an important one here. Having been in punk a long time, I see the cycle of kids come through every year. One year they are here and, poof, they are gone. Such a small percentage take advantage of the wonderful network it has to offer. So much of the scene seems to be about partying and being macho. You can get that in any scene. There is so much information that is being bypassed because the person is apathetic or has such a low self-esteem that they are a puppet on a string. Bands on this release cater more to the people I’m talking about – bands that play Warped Tour, get radio airplay, and can be bought in most chain stores throughout the country. These are generally the new kids to the scene. These bands play more established venues. These are not the same kids you see at a D.I.Y. show. They are not as educated. But one in fifty or one in a hundred might grasp something and be completely changed forever. This is a great vehicle for this. Lure them in by offering a band that they are a fan of and give them a little more. The bonus DVD is chock full of information. Documentaries, short films, music videos and even a comedy skit to egg on some thought. Thoughts to create independent theory that is based on facts from not only mass media, government, and the education system but from outside sources. Independent media not controlled by large corporations is getting harder and harder to come by. So it’s scary that the most up-front political punk bands of late have been Bad Religion, NOFX, and the Descendents. They actually have a better reach than the most political of punk bands. Even though I’m not a Republican, George W. Bush and the Republican Party is always good for punk. For some reason, when a Democrat is in office, people get complacent. Punk rock was great during the Reagan years and punk rock is great now. The scenes of punk rock may be fragmented and separate but the anger level is up again in a united front. Getting new thought outside of the conformist education and media system is always good. So I commend all the bands on this comp, like Fat bands NOFX, Anti-Flag, Descendents, None More Black, The Epoxies, Against Me! and others and major label bands like Sum 41, Ministry, New Found Glory, Less than Jake, and the Ataris in participating. A second volume is in the works for the summer. A lot of product for what I believe is being marketed at a low price. It’s worth it just for the bonus DVD. –Donofthedead (Fat)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Shielded by Death Volume Three: CD
One good thing to come outta the whole “Killed By Death” phenomenon that even the bands that weren’t too thrilled to find they’d been bootlegged hafta admit, some pretty interesting, otherwise obscure as hell tuneage has been unearthed, and with the subsequent variations on the KBD formula that continue to come out, even more rarities spanning the globe are seeing the light of day, which brings me to this release. This is a collection of punk rarities from the non-XClaim/Modern Method Boston/CT scene of the 1970s/’80s. The styles are pretty well mixed up, with a few bands offering up some hardcore, some representing the traditional East Coast punk sound of the time, and others still opting to forge their own path, and all of them are good at what they do. Funny to see some o’ the bands on here ‘cause I wouldn’t have considered them “obscure,” but further consideration has made me come to the realization that only boring old scene barnacles like me, Don, and Al Quint would know anything about Cancerous Growth, Seizure or even 8th Route Army anymore. Fuck, suddenly I have this urge to buy a rocking chair. I may be old, but this shit still rocks. –Jimmy Alvarado (Dionysus)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show: CD
The movie soundtrack covered by punk bands. It’s not as awful as I thought it would be. Pretty much, if you like the band, then you’ll like their covers. Tops for me were Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and Apocalypse Hoboken. –Megan Pants (Springman)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Resistance, Resistance, Resistance: CD + DVD
No Front Teeth has been doing a great job of releasing lo-fi street punk bands that do justice to bands like the Business or Sham 69, and this album showcases a few of these bands, like Blacklist Brigade, the Briggs and Vinny Jack and the Jabbs. But this comp goes beyond just the street punk, paying tribute to OC punk rock with cool (though previously released) songs by the Smut Peddlers and the Hunns. There are two tunes by an earlier Duane Peters band, the Exploding Fuck Dolls (see Todd’s interview with Duane Peters to learn about the real exploding fuck doll). Texas punk anomalies Malavista rock through songs that will hopefully inspire you to pick up their new EP. The Briefs show up halfway through the CD and keep things fresh. And, really, there are too many good songs here to mention all the bands. It’s a solid comp from beginning to end. The icing on top of it, though, are two live JFA songs.  –Sean Carswell (No Front Teeth)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Rip Off Records’ Third Wave of Hits: CD
Imagine that the last comp from Rip Off had been a championship winning team, with superstars like the Rip Offs, the Motards, and Loli and the Chones scoring big points. If that were the case, than this comp would be the team after the championship, when the superstars have been traded away and the franchise is in a rebuilding stage. The Rip Offs have been replaced by a less fleshed out version of themselves in The Infections. The Swindlers fill in the Motards position, but just aren’t up to the same level as the Motards. The Spastics sound like a band that could fill in the shoes of Loli and the Chones. The Registrators are still around from the second comp, and they’re still putting forth a solid effort. And the new additions (Chinese Millionaires and Spites) are respectable players in their own rights, but without the superstars, I just don’t see how this comp is going to make it to the playoffs. If you’re a fan, they’re still worth rooting for. If you’re not sure if you’re a fan, buy the second comp and wait for the fourth when, when Rip Off should pick up blue chip prospects like the Kill-O-Watts and the Tyrades. –Todd Taylor (Rip Off)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Punkorama Vol. 9: CD + DVD
You know the drill. It’s a label sampler of twenty-four previously released songs by bands on Epitaph’s roster. This one also includes a DVD with eleven videos. We’ve reviewed each of these bands in our pages, and I don’t want to repeat what was said. I’m keeping it for the Randy video to “X-Ray Eyes.” They fuck up a trailer from the inside when it’s rolling down the highway. Randy. Now, that’s a really good band. –Todd Taylor (Epitaph)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Punk Goes Acoustic: CD
Okay, seriously, Razorcake – fuck you for sending this. Twenty songs. All acoustic. I held out hope for Rise Against, Strike Anywhere and Grade. The rest of the bands ... Finch? The Ataris? Fucking Yellowcard?!?!?!?!? If you’ve ever thought that your life was unfulfilled and your music collection was incomplete without a compilation of Drive-Thru bands wallowing in acoustic instrumentation, that you really needed something that would make Dashboard Confessional sound good, then this is essential. Fuck selling this. I’m going outside right now and breaking this. –Puckett (Fearless)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Old Skars and Upstarts 2004: CD
Another year and another volume in Duane Peters’ series of punk comps. The twenty-seven tracks are, of course, heavy on the punk’n’roll and “1977 revisited” sides of the fence, but those bands that manage to deviate from those molds are the one’s that contribute the most memorable tracks. Personal favorites here include The Insaints’ “Care On,” the Hollowpoints’ still-amazing (‘twas previously featured last year on a Dirtnap comp) “POW,” Monster Squads’ thrash attack on “FTS” and, of course, the Briefs’ two contributions to the party. –Jimmy Alvarado (Disaster/Bomp)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Music for the Terraces: CD
Advertised as an anti-fascist football compilation, this release includes a bonus disc that has videos and pictures to educate that they want racism eradicated from the sport. I’ve read through the years that the racist hooligans were big fans of the sport in Europe and it was a problem before, during, and after the games. I pretty much know that it isn’t a prevalent problem here in the states since the sport here is multi-racial and it’s called soccer. I think we are the only country in world that calls football “soccer.” I played it in school but never became a fan. A mixture of street punk, pop punk and ska. Bands like Klasse Kriminale, The Real McKenzies, The Business with EK77, Derozer and Scrapy are bands that I recognized. A band named 20 Years of Hate play a great ska tune and so do the Braces. It has a lot of German bands I have never heard of. A good introduction to many. Also, anything that supports a cause that I personally agree with is good in my book. –Donofthedead (Mad Butcher)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Lude Boy Vol. 1: CD
I gotta be honest, the initial reason I picked this up was ‘cause one of the bands on here goes by the name of the Tumors. Megan knew of ‘em and said they weren’t too bad, but the reason I was so interested in ‘em stems from the fact that my last band was called the Tumors, (not a stunningly original name, I know, but I thought it was a funny name for a band when Yogi came up with it over a pitcher of beer back in ‘93) and I wanted to see what another band with the same name would sound like. My opinion? Their brand of hardcore does the name justice, although I’d be happy to put our “Eat It and Die, Pigboy” up against their “Die Hippie Scumbag” any day. Too bad they’ve apparently broken up. We could’ve set up some sorta package tour with at least three bands with the name “Tumors” sharing the same bill at clubs across the country. That rather long diatribe aside, the comp itself ain’t too shabby. While I find that I’m more partial to the hardcore tracks, (Down to Kill’s “Outta Control” was a pretty nifty little ditty) I do like the fact that they mixed up styles on here, with some mid-tempo stuff, psychobilly, street punk and emo slop getting equal time. –Jimmy Alvarado (lude_boy@lycos.com)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Lude Boy Records Vol. 1: CD
A pretty wide berth of the music is coming out of New England these days. The best track by far is from Portland, ME’s Down To Kill. Strong tracks by The Tumors (who I thought had stopped playing) and Every Forty Seconds. Sadly, pretty much everything else was generic at best. –Megan Pants (Lude Boy)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Kiss or Kill Presents Los Angeles Classics Vol. 1: CD
Felt like a total moron ‘cause I consider myself a pretty hip L.A. resident and, other than the Dollyrots, I didn’t know a single fuckin’ band on this compilation of L.A. bands. I mean, c’mon, Deadbeat Sinatras? Midway? The Letter Openers? Bang Sugar Bang? Didn’t have a clue they even existed prior to this CD. I was particularly impressed with the track provided by the Randies, which is one sweet slice of pop confection going under the moniker “Boys In Stereo.” Fans of the Let’s Get Rid of L.A. comp would find much to like here, as any one of the bands on here would’ve fit just nicely on that comp. I gotta get out more often ‘cause there’s apparently some mighty fine punk rock making the rounds in town again. –Jimmy Alvarado (War Room)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Hardcore Ljubljana 1984 - 2004: CD
Good ole Bob Suren of Sound Idea out of Florida is an asset to the punk rock community. If it wasn’t for his email updates, I wouldn’t know about a bunch of stuff that comes out. I received one of his updates recently and saw this. I know my brother has this and I haven’t heard this compilation in a couple of decades. When I should have been working while I was reading the email, I called his store and ordered a copy. This compilation was released in 1984 and was a compilation of Yugoslavian bands of the period. That was the period that I discovered that punk bands were sprouting up all over the world. The bands from elsewhere were extremely intriguing and fierce. They had their own identity and were extremely fresh to these ears. Compilations of the time period turned me on to so many different bands. So the story goes, a fan of this release goes and contacts the original people involved and asked to re-release this comp. Since there was a bootleg out at the time, there was no problem getting the music. But he goes one step further. He looks up and finds current bands of the region to include in the re-release. The bands fit perfectly with the original bands. The spirit of the original bands is seamless with the new bands. A great comp stands the test of time and, with the addition of the current bands, makes this a worthy buy. –Donofthedead (BatAttak)


KYLESA:
“No Ending”/ “A 100° Heat Index”: CDEP
Pretty similar to fellow Georgian crust grinders Damad, from which band are half of Kylesa: crushing detuned heaviness, but with more audible, more worldly vocals. The 7” has two songs, but the CD version has four (one is “Clutches” by Nausea) and a video. –Cuss Baxter (Prank)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Genrecide: CD
I’d lay money that there’s already been a record named that, but whatever. If there was, it probably wasn’t as primarily metal as this one. Primarily metal, but various kinds of metal, see. Kinds such as: death, math, stoner, dumb, grind, sludge, and speed. Also included are a couple acoustic guitar doodles, Abiku’s electrodrone, and the inexplicably included but quite nice Flat Possum Boys’ old time country “City Wide Special.” Probably some other stuff, too, but I lost track. –Cuss Baxter (Worldeater)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Death Rattle & Roll Volume 1: CD
The Sid clone on the cover led me not to expect too much from this, so I was a bit surprised at how strong this comp actually was. Some pretty solid tracks can be found here from the likes of the Grannies, Bottles and Skulls, Fleshies, Midnight Bombers, and Endino’s Earthworm to name but a few. Color me impressed. Cover still sucks, though. –Jimmy Alvarado (Wundertaker)


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