BILL BONDSMEN: Until the Razor Cuts: LP

I lucked out in managing to catch the Bill Bondsmen at the ground level, beginning with their first demo and, while I haven’t been able to amass all their oeuvre to date, I’ve followed along closely enough to be able to track their progression from an ace thrash unit into an entity much more singular. This latest release shows the band expanding on the more mid-tempo forays of recent releases, peppering their brand of pummeling hardcore with drone and psychedelic influences into an unrelenting assault on your eardrums that recalls greats like Die Kreuzen while sounding nothing like them. Believe me when I say that you’re truly missing out if you haven’t caught onto these cats yet. –Jimmy Alvarado (Mastermind, mastermindrec.com)