OFFICER DOWN: Dead Lands: CD

Well, that’s not what I was expecting. In my defense, I don’t think I was out of line to expect something a little more political and hardcore. First of all, the name Officer Down conjures up images of cops getting overthrown by the people (to me anyway), and, secondly, the cover art features a zombie with a flip brim thrash hat and a shotgun in his mouth. Lots of blood splatter. None of which instantly makes me think of mid- to late-’90s Southern California punk à la Strung Out or Death By Stereo. They are very proficient at what they do; I was just thrown for a loop. If you like the bands I mentioned, or that style, you’d definitely be stoked on these guys. 

 –ty (TNS)