SIVLE SI DOG: Room 30: CD

Man, I just couldn’t get into this record, a reissue of Sivle Si Dog’s last recording from 1997. For the most part, this is grind-your-face-into-the-pavement punk rock with churning, frequently spooky-sounding guitars and vocals dripping with punk rock sturm und drang (as well as welcome doses of immaturity), but it just wasn’t for me. I think what puts me off is that I’m not into the breakdowns and tempo changes that SSD have in their songs; such switches consistently create an effect of two separate songs sewn awkwardly together like a musical Frankenstein’s monster. But that’s just me.

 –Eric Carlson (Girth)