VIOLENT ARREST: Life Inside the Western Bloc: LP/CD

A band featuring ex-members of Ripcord, Can’t Decide, and Four Letter Word will always have high expectations placed upon it. However, Violent Arrest doesn’t give a toss for such pressure and goes about its business of dispensing a barrage of razor-sharp hardcore with ease, featuring plenty of anti-establishment sentiment delivered with an uncontained ferocity by new vocalist Welly. The one concession to short and fast comes in the form of “Mean Creep,” a lengthier track which adds the same level of variety to the album as did Jerry’s Kids’ “Raise the Curtain” on Is This My World?

 –Rich Cocksedge (Boss Tuneage)