HELL CITY KINGS: H.C.K.: LP

Blazing rock from these knuckle draggers. The sound is loud, the tempo is quick, and they’re catchy. Think of poppy Turbonegro, Zeke, Cleveland Steamer, and the sort. Some call it punk and roll. Whatever you want to call it, make sure to crank it up for the full effect and to get the subtleties of guitars and drums bashing in your skull. The vocals are pretty good—and perfect for this style. They have a gravelly bellow, yet you can hear every word nice and clear. They match the chainsaw effect of the guitars. I find the songs have more impact when the tempo is more on a mid keel, such as “134,” which so happens to be my preferred cut here. Good thing this came with a download card, so I can crank this fucker up at my Sunday night skate sessions and share the stoke.

 –M.Avrg (Cutthroat, cutthroatrecords.blogspot.com)