AK-47: Burn the Rats Out: CD

This band has been a part of the fabric of my local scene almost as long as I have lived here (going on a quarter century now). It always puts a smile on my face to know that AK is still angrier than all of us, and have no qualms about giving you an earful. While it is a reoccurring theme with the band, it feels like police violence and oppression are taking center stage here. From the front cover photo of riot cops on fire, to the opening song “When Pigs Fly,” the message is clear. Fuck the police, fuck oppression, fuck cancer, and fuck you if you make excuses. This is as hardcore as it gets. Blasting riffs and beats to match the intensity in the vocals. Thirty-one songs in forty-one minutes! Full disclosure, this is a small city and these guys are friends of mine, but I was reviewing their bands long before I knew them, and it would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to share one of the best political hardcore punk bands I have ever heard. –Ty Stranglehold (Self-released, ak47hardcore.blogspot.ca)