CULTURE SHOCK: Self-titled: CD-R

Culture Shock was going to call itself The Beatles, but they found out that there had already been a well-known band by that name so they went with the name Culture Shock instead. Joking aside, this ultra fast political hardcore album is pleasantly vicious from start to finish. The lyrics are scathing, with clever song titles including “If Only an Atheist Could Pray for the Apocalypse.” Tempos range from fast to faster, with only the occasional slow breakdowns thrown in here and there. It all amounts to a very respectable debut, suitable for play at any public formal function.

 –Art Ettinger (Self-released)