I have to admit that this album floored me. As much as I like Bad Sam (a band which includes a number of Welsh punk veterans from the likes of Cowboy Killers, Dub War, and Four Letter Word) I just hadn’t expected to be on the receiving end of such an outright winner when first listening to the band’s second long player. Bad Sam sounds quite a bit like any number of Jello Biafra collaborations and it’s no surprise, really, given that Dean Beddis has occasionally been compared to Biafra in terms of his vocals. However, where Beddis channels the same anger and vitriol as his American counterpart, he steers clear of the more verbose and erudite approach favored by Biafra, tending towards a delivery which avoids preamble and goes straight for the throat. The lyrics hit the spot throughout with the likes of “Dicks with Dogs” (attacking the trend for owning aggressive dogs) and “Snake with Tits” (about Margaret Thatcher) being delivered with a simplicity that complements the fury they contain. This is backed up by a hardcore punk sound with the odd moment of metal, all based around some massive riffs that make for a tight and raucous outcome, perfectly suited to accompany the messages being communicated and thus helping to make this one of the best punk rock records of the year.
–Rich Cocksedge (Kriminal, [email protected])