MIGHTY MIDGETS / REVENGE OF THE PSYCHOTRONIC MAN / FIST OF THE NORTHSTAR / BROKE: Four Band Split: CD

Mighty Midgets: Vaguely technical, melodic hardcore that’s kind of like A Wilhelm Scream, but from Sweden. Revenge of the Psychotronic Man: The band that I picked this CD up for. These guys are awesome. Rowdy-sounding British dudes playing really fast with just enough appreciation for melody to hold things together. I loved their Make Pigs Smoke album from a while back, and this delivers more of the same. Think of these guys as the burlier second coming of Snuff. Fist Of The North Star: Dudes from Nashville who turn in four tracks of melodic hardcore/skatepunk. Pretty good, but it goes by in a blur of double picking and harmonics due to being on the back half of the CD. Broken Aris: This Swedish band sounds exactly like early Rise Against, but with a really, really distracting singer. Think if Feargal Sharkey (Undertones) took a hit of helium and then tried to sing songs from Revolutions Per Minute. Yes, it sounds really weird.

 –Adrian Salas (Stik Man/ 5 Feet Under /TNS)