VARIOUS ARTISTS: Roaster: 10”

Four bands, two songs each. Minneapolis punk by way of Fest, except from Scotland. All four bands in the Rivethead / Off With Their Heads / Banner Pilot vein. Everything here is competently written, played, sung, and recorded. Unfortunately, nothing really stands out. In fact, the most striking thing about this record is the cover, and that’s not a good thing, as it is wholesale theft of Slayer’s Postmortemcover, complete with Slayer lettering and pentagram. What does that imagery have to do with the music contained on the record? Nothing. Just the latest in a long line of blatant imagery theft in punk (see: the Black Flag bars), and I’ll never understand it. Create your own identity and stop copying. 

 –Chad Williams (Make-That-A-Take, makethatatake.bandcamp.com, [email protected] / Team Beard, teambeardrecords.net, [email protected])