MEAN MAN’S DREAM: Demo: Cassette

Where most hardcore punk bands either master playing heavy or playing fast, Mean Man’s Dream does an excellent job at both. Driving riffs that make you want to headbang until your neck snaps and tons of guitar wankery and bass noodling typify each of the five tracks on this demo. Thundering drums and searing vocals with sharp political lyrics complete the package. It’s hard to pick favorite tracks on a tape this good, but “Options” and “Spring/Autumn” are my picks—”Options,” for its epic riffs, and “Spring/Autumn” for its lyrics regarding Occupy Wall St. Featuring current and former members of Soul Control, Wasteland, Relics, and numerous other great bands, this is a must-listen.

 –Paul J. Comeau (, [email protected])