VARANT MAJARIAN/ ABANDON ALL HOPE/ THE SUBJECTS: 3-Way Split: CD

Varant: A hardcore band making valid points left and right with liberal doses of cynicism. The song titles are hilarious. Abandon: decent mid-tempo hardcore, but the metal in the guitars knocks ‘em a rung or two down the “crucial” ladder. The Subjects: Sorry, but I really can’t take seriously a band that thanks “punk rock junkies, fast cars, fast women and Guinness beer.” Varant wins by a landslide.

 –jimmy (Chicken Head)