May 26, 2011

Patriarchal Death Machine is from Adelaide, Australia and plays old fashioned New York hardcore with radical left political lyrics. The cover/album art is awesome and features a cop on fire, among other images of protest. Out of hand, gleefully overlong song titles include, “A Vulgar Display of Brute Force, Ignorance and Colonial Imperialism,” and “Yes, I Will Continue to Mask Myself and Indulge in Molotov Cocktails for as Long as I can See Clubs, Shields and Tear Gas.” It’s interesting to hear this type of hardcore played with such overt political lyrics, instead of the expected personal content. Strong vocals and a clean recording round out this recommended release. PDM is definitely the most in-your-face Australian artist since Olivia Newton John.

 –Art Ettinger (Pee,