SAHN MARU: Never Too Late: CD

If I remember correctly, this band has a former member of Blown To Bits. Looking at the provided info, that fact is correct. It was over a year ago that I saw this Bay Area band. I was impressed with their take on Swedish d-beat. The set was very aggressive and heavy. I was truly impressed. I never got around to getting their 7”, but here lays before me their full length. As mentioned before, the band plays d-beat, Discore, or whatever you want to call it. But they also add the metallic elements of crust in their music, which gives it a dreary, dark feeling, adding to the power. An added plus is that it sounds like it was recorded in a decent studio. Everything seems to be in the right place and the instruments are clear and loud. Nothing is worse for me these days than listening to something recorded on the cheap and not sounding even half good. But when recorded properly, the music stands out and keeps my attention. Attention I have, as I have listened to this numerous times. Something about the brash vocals, heavy, distorted guitars, and solid and punchy-sounding drums and bass gets my adrenaline pumping. Adding the metal riffing makes my head bang with appreciation. You either do this genre wrong or right. This band has done it right.

 –don (Inimical)