ALLEGIANCE: Whose Border, Whose Fight: CD

Based solely on the sound of this, one might mistakenly take these guys for some long-lost British oi band from 1982 or so, but no, this is comprised of fifteen tunes recorded within the last six years in Japan by what appears to be two Japanese dudes and a white guy. True to the style they’re obviously influenced by, the arrangements are spare, yet oddly melodic, and the lyrics are often political in nature, resulting in an overall well executed package. I dog a lot of the newer oi stuff, primarily because so much of it sucks so bad, but this is a nice example of a band managing to keep things “traditional” without resorting to wallowing in a cesspool of drunken, violent stereotypes. Thumbs up.

 –jimmy (www.ghetto-rock.com)