DANGEROUS ACES, THE: Deny All Responsibility : CD

The Dangerous Aces have a fairly standard U.K. punk sound: snarling, obnoxious, lightning-fast hammer-blow hardcore. Yet, at the same time, there’s a slightly whimsical feel to the record, especially when the Aces move away from a pure hardcore sound; when they move to mid-tempo The Aces rock just as well as they thrash on the hardcore tunes. Lyrically, The Aces present nothing new: alienation, exasperation, and defiance. They may border on being stereotypical in this regard, but the sheer might of the melodies carries them through. I liked it.

 –Eric Carlson ([email protected])