DEAD ENDING: Self-titled: 12” EP

Well, it appears Vic Bondi has had enough with the way shit’s goin’ down in today’s world, and he’s recruited members of Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, and The Bomb to release an EP of white-hot hardcore to vent his outrage. The tuneage is some of the most straightforward hardcore he’s been involved with in a good while, zippy and rife with righteous anger about all sorts of timely topics—extremism, corporate malfeasance, and the class war that no one wants to admit is happening. Comparisons to Articles Of Faith are inevitable. The similarities are likewise unavoidable—considering he was that band’s frontman—but what’s here easily stands firmly on its own and raises the bar a bit for those still more worried about pissing off the label or the number of units shifted instead of making a point, challenging the status quo, and pissing off people who desperately need it. It also jams a rigid finger in the eye of punkers both old and young who beat their chests and whine that “punk sucks now and was so much better in ____….” Get with the program, kid. Crucial shit is happening in your world right now, bands right now are cranking out some important stuff, and you’re missing it all by perpetually living in the rearview mirror.

 –jimmy (Alternative Tentacles)