RETURNERS, THE: Lost Souls: CD

Southern California’s horror punk foursome brings their latest release: an amalgamation of ‘80s death rock and hardcore. Despair, the human condition, and death are dissected amid heavy chords and crackling drums, but Rik Dachau’s piercing vocals—the likes of Paul Dickinson—are enough to make you shut up and listen. For those that haven’t had the pleasure, Rik’s voice shines like gold glimpsed through drab sediment. The anthemic “Lost Souls” made me want to sing along and circle a pit, while “Autumn Winds” brings the deepest, darkest metal crunch of the album. For those that appreciate AC/DC, Iron Maiden, and rockers that Sing, with a capital S.

 –Kristen K (Nothing But A Nightmare, nothingbutanightmare.com)