STALINS OF SOUND: Pool of Piranha: 7”

Another fine effort from San Diego’s extraordinary synth punk trio, and again released on Craig Oliver’s (of Christmas Island) very fine Volar Records. First side includes two fast and heavy tunes, loaded with crunchy, smartly played guitar and moody synths. Second track is a gem of a cover, “Panik” by French paleo-punk outfit Métal Urbain with a shredding solo and ray gun synth blasts. The B-side track, “Rapture in Blood,” features a much more subdued slice of doom and gloom, droning vocals and instrumentation, and dense and layered keyboard sounds that sounds like it could be a missing track from Digital Leather’s Warm Brother.Excellent stuff. 

 –Jeff Proctor (Volar)