Although the salt is still is on my cheeks from crying about Kid Dynamite’s demise, Dr. Dan Yemin and skin punisher Mr. Dave Wagenschutz have resurrected a leaner, meaner, tougher unit, this time with Dan taking the lead vocal duties. Gone are the tuned melodies. In their place: chiseled and pissed-off songs reminiscent but not reflexive to Minor Threat, Gorilla Biscuits, and Youth of Today, seamlessly updated to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with The Panic and American Nightmare. The spine and conviction to this whole thing, I believe, is what makes it stand out. Both Dan and Dave have been around for quite a while. They are well past the time it’s acceptable to be complete burnouts with hands out for a paycheck or a windbag curmudgeons saying today’s youth don’t get it. Yet, their chops continue to be refined to harder blows and the lyrics continue to explore new realms instead of reclining into a comfy chair of complacency.
–todd (Jade Tree)