OFF KILTER: Self-titled: CDEP

Although the fast, thrashy stuff here is good, my pick is the mid-tempo pounder “Bound + Battered,” which manages to sound meaner in a buck and a quarter’s time than most of those tough-guy “hardcore” metal bands manage on a whole album. Six songs, eight minutes, all vitriolic, good stuff.

 –jimmy (We Are Going to Eat You)