A.K.A.: Golden Chains: CD

Heavy nod to ‘80s punk with a vocalist who sounds, to put it bluntly, like she’s barfing nails and summoning a ghoul at the same time. Harsh, ugly, and wire-tight, with the occasional little Ginn-like freakout, such as the laddering guitar work in the title track. Eight songs with the brittle and consistent yowl of hardcore and just mean as shit, with lyrics that focus on labor, inequality, and the often soul-killing nature of work and profit. Go into Golden Chains expecting pop punk and you’re going to get your face sanded off.

 –keith (A.K.A.)