McRAD / FRONTSIDE FIVE: 50/50 Split: CD

I think it’s true that the smilin’ buddhas in charge of revmats at Razorcake must know what I like. I mean, it doesn’t take Santa Claus-like ability to know that I love skate rock, but it’s nice to know that someone out there at HQ knows it. Oh right… the review. Frontside Five kicks it off with their brand of crossover skate thrash that beats you senseless and leaves you for dead in the bottom of the pool. I swear that this band is like injecting pure adrenalin. This is skate rock! I was pretty stoked to hear some new stuff from McRad. For those who don’t know, McRad is one of the original purveyors of what became known as “skate rock” in the ‘80s. Appearing on Thrasher compilations as well as their own wax, McRad has always brought the thrash… Until now, that is. I really don’t know what to say. There is one song that I really like, but other than that there is some dub type stuff, a few live tracks from 1983, a radio interview, and some tracks with main man Chuck Treece playing with his kids (which is a cool concept in its own right, but not for this record). It just left me feeling let down. I do have to say that the Frontside Five tracks are more than worth picking this up, through.

 –ty (Fivecore)