HATEFUL: Diamond Among the Coal: CD

The opening chords sound exactly like the main riff of Hanoi Rocks’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” but that’s where the similarities end. In all, this is an entertaining volume of sometimes anthemic punk rock in the vein of the lesser-talented bands of the ‘77 British invasion. That’s not to say that this sucks musically, though; all that means is that this is more in line with bands like Angelic Upstarts or Cockney Rejects than the Clash or Generation X (though there are similarities there, too). At first this seemed a bit cheesy and rehashed, but I caught myself singing the tunes when walking down the street—they’re catchy songs that, while not necessarily of mind-blowing inventiveness, were certainly worth my while.

 –Eric Carlson (Rebellion)