Ya, this is a fun one. It’s been a rarity these days for a good hardcore record to drop in my lap, but I’m glad that this one did. This was my first exposure to these guys, and I’m happily impressed because I love both Verbal Assault and Swiz, and New Mexican Disaster Squad remind me of a chunky blending of both. And while I make heavy recourse to it, I really don’t like writing about a band by comparing them to another band, but if the shoe fits, goddammit… Lots of good hardcore coming out these days takes that “classic” ‘80s sound and updates it. I’m really happy that I don’t have to say that about this record; it has a mid-’80s groove to it, and that’s the way it should be, at least with this band, at any rate. Good stuff.
–Eric Carlson (Jade Tree)