STAR FUCKING HIPSTERS: Never Rest in Peace: CD

This is the second album from the new band featuring Stza of Leftover Crack and Choking Victim fame. I will go on record and say that Stza (or Sturg, or Scotty; I lose track) related bands have the most consistent record of putting stuff out that I like. In comparison to the first SFH album, Until We’re Dead, this record is a little less eclectic. So while there is nothing quite as amazing as the song “Empty Lives” on this new album, there’s also nothing as bad as the failed attempt at epicness that was the song “Death or Fight.” Everything on Never Rest in Peace fires on all cylinders. The male and female vocals between Stza and Nico de Gallo really make the songs click. The couple of songs with Dick Lucas from Citizen Fish and Subhumans really work, too. I love how the band is able to take black metal style guitar lines and vocals and fuse them with pop punk and ska hooks. Okay, the song “Church & Rape” does sound a little awkward at first. Everything else is aces though. I give this my thumbs up as my favorite slice of catchy cynicism and political discontent since last year’s 1-2-3 punch of Supporting Caste, Until We’re Dead, and The Chemistry of Modern Life. Plus the attempt at an epic closer, “Never Rest in Peace,” actually works this time around.

 –Adrian (Alternative Tentacles)