P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S.: Make It Through the Night: CD

I remember hearing a seven-inch by these cats a while back and kind of being on the fence about ‘em, but this is one heavy duty release here. Things rarely go past mid-tempo, but the delivery is so ratcheted up that even solidly punk covers, like the Cortina’s “Fascist Dictator,” are hurled with such a roar that it sounds more like a hardcore ditty than an aping of the original. Not big on muffled chords, dynamics, or subtlety, this lot, and that’s just fine ‘cause the conviction that comes across makes the hearing damage worth the trouble. And then they finish up with a (mostly) faithful cover of Crow’s (by way of Black Sabbath) “Evil Woman.” Great stuff.

 –jimmy (P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S.)