SONNY VINCENT & SPITE: Spiteful: CD

As a Sonny Vincent fan, you know what to expect and you can’t go wrong with this release. The sixty-something punk elder statesman still belts hot fire. His bitter poetry is no less hard-hitting some thirty-plus years later. The backing supergroup features the likes of Rat Scabies (The Damned), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), and Steve Mackay (Stooges). What’s truly remarkable is that this record doesn’t sound like an exhausted nostalgia trip, but electrified with the same caustic spit present on Testors’ “Bad Attitude.” Steve Mackay is MVP, as his tenor sax elevates the bluesy punk songs with a gutter jazz vibe. This is an ideal example of a supergroup. No one member attempts to outshine the other—instead operating as, god forbid, a band. If snarling punk or Sonny Vincent is your preferred poison, then Spitefulis a lethal dose

 –Sean Arenas (Ultramafic)