STEEL TIGERS OF DEATH: Self-titled: CDEP

Although I liked the STOD debut, I found it to be a tad antiseptic. When I saw them live, gone was that angular post punk and in its place was a Hanson Brothers/Nomeansno, full-grip, older-punks, we’ve-been-doing-this-for years feel to ‘em. I couldn’t be more pleased. There’s a sneer in their smile, there’s the surefootedness and excitement of a band gaining inertia, and it’s a thoroughly enjoyable four-song ride into straight-ahead punk rock. Nice. Mine has silk-screened walrus on the cover.

 –todd (Self-released, www.steeltigersofdeath.com)