TERMINAL STATE: Your Rules: 12″

Todd sang the praises of Deranged Records last issue, and I’m about to do the same thing here. Deranged is easily one of the most consistent hardcore labels around; from early records by DS-13 and Tear It Up to underrated gems like United Super Villains and Out Cold all the way to genre-redefining classics like Fucked Up and Career Suicide, they’ve put out great records and never get caught up in any kind of hype or record geek minutia. And between this and the new Burial, the well shows no signs of going dry any time soon. Terminal State draws heavily from early ‘80s DC and Boston hardcore, meaning that (hopefully) you already know what they sound like, but that doesn’t make this any less of an adrenaline shot to the chest. Eight songs that blast right by with a vitality that’s damn near unmatched today. Absolutely top-shelf punk rock and an instant classic.

 –josh (Deranged)