COLA FREAKS: Self-titled: CD

Cola Freaks have yet to let me down, and I figured this would be good, but this goes way beyond any expectations I had. They’ve fleshed out their minimal punk sound with a keyboard, more low end, a darker side (maybe some goth influences?), and thrust in the songs. The opener, “Uppers & Downers,” hits the listener right between the eyes from the first note, then they take you on through the remaining ten tracks varying the tempos, messing with textures, and they keep the energy at a constant boil. They slow things down a bit with “Kniven,” “Slå Ihjel,” “Eder Ord,” but then they pick up the pace with total rippers like “Hva Dü På?” and “Skibet Synker.” In the past, it would have been easy to make comparisons to older bands from the ‘70s and early ‘80s, and while Cola Freaks still have that sound, this album shows they’re expanding and making a style that’s all their own. Awesome album the whole way, and a high point in an already flawless catalog.

 –M.Avrg (Hjernespind, hjernespind.com)