BITTER END, THE: Fuel for the Machine: CD

I saw the tattoo-style lettering on the cover and thought, “I wonder if this band sounds like Kid Dynamite.” Then I heard the fast, melodic hardcore with youth crew riffs and snotty vocals and knew I was right. The Bitter End is faster, though. More “Pause” than “Never Met the Gooch.” Look through your record collection. If you have more than three albums with tattoo lettering on the cover, you’ll want to look into The Bitter End.

 –CT Terry (Stik Man, stikmanrecords.com)