ATOMIC BITCHWAX: II: CD

High falutin’ stoner rock in the vein of Deep Purple (or whatever band it was that did “Highway Star”) and similar ilk. The band plays the stuff well and the songs are engaging enough to keep me from being completely bored to tears.

 –jimmy (Tee Pee, PO Box 20307, New York, NY 10009-9991)

ANGER: State of NJ vs. Anger: CD

Some pretty strong, clean sounding hardcore with varying speeds that is sometimes a little reminiscent of the Fixtures. Some of the lyrics are a little questionable at best, especially “Bull Dyke,” which should raise a few eyebrows over at the MRR compound. Musically, though, this is pretty solid.

 –jimmy (HOA, PO Box 442, Pompton Lakes, NJ

ALCHEMYSTS, THE: Zero Zen: CD

More space rock from these guys. The tracks are considerably shorter and more rockin’ than the last outing I heard from ’em, which means that it’s more readily enjoyable for those of us who don’t like to think too much. I like it lots.

 –jimmy (Rubric, 12 W. 37th St. 5th Floor, NY, NY 10018)

ADOLF & THE PISS ARTISTS: Zero Hour: CD

I recently came to the realization that the reason I hate so much of the new “street” punk stuff is that I find a lot of the lyrical content to be pathetic, vapid and just plain stupid. I mean really, how alienated can one possibly feel when they hang out only with people who look exactly like them and listen to the exact same bands? As far as