Record Reviews

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

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ALLERGIC TO WHORES: Simple Minds are Easy to Assemble: CD EP

These guys pick up where they left off with their seven-inch EP and let loose with 10 more tracks of their patented "Peni on Crank" sound. Fuck, they’ve even picked up their already frantic pace and infused their mordant songs with even more virulence. If I happen to forget to put this on my "Top Ten Hardcore Releases of 2000," feel free to kick

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ALIANS: Rowne Prawa: CD

I believe the band is from Poland and they play ska, reggae, hardcore and any combination thereof. Included are Dead Kennedys, Clash, and Peter Tosh covers. Normally, this stuff ain’t my cup of tea anymore, but these guys are pretty darn good at it.

 –jimmy ([email protected])

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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)

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AGE OF RUIN: Black Sands of the Hourglass: CD

Dismal "hardcore" metal with a singer that can’t sing.

 –jimmy ([email protected])

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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

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ADAMANTIUM: When It Rains, It Pours: CD

Imagine Pantera’s vocalist singing to the slow parts of a Slayer song.

 –jimmy (Indecision, PO Box 5781, Huntington Beach, CA 92815)

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999: Separates: CD

A much more focused and flat-out rockin’ album than the first one. There’s considerably more energy in the performance and the hooks are much catchier, as the song "Homicide," which everyone should know by now, illustrates. There are some B-sides here as well to round things off nicely. Good stuff from long gone days.

 –jimmy (

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999: Self-titled: CD

A re-release of this long-running band’s first album. The album itself ain’t too shabby, but the real gems on this release are the B-sides to their first few singles, which blow away everything before them.

 –jimmy (http://www.captainoi.com)

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7 SECONDS: Scream Real Loud: CD

Kevin Seconds and crew are presented here, recorded live at the Troubador in Los Angeles earlier in the year. The sound quality is great, the performance itself is top-notch and most of the biggie "hits" are here as well (What? No "I Hate Sports?!?"). Best of all, the songs from "The Crew" album don’t sound like they were recorded at the bottom of

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6X: Tunder Bomb: CD

Bubble-gummy punk, sorta like a Muffs light with maybe a dash of early Elvis Costello. My initial reaction was to hate it, but I was quickly won over. Hey, the songs are catchy as hell.

 –jimmy (Daemon, PO Box 1207, Decatur, GA 30031)

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