CULPRITS, THE: Self-titled: LP

This album contains a load of straightforward, but very classic-sounding HC/punk. The band plays fast and tight riffs, evoking early-SoCal-reaching-into-speed era. The band is solid; the guitar player particularly knows his punk tropes. This isn’t just an assembly of power chords. “99 Dead” has a tricky chugga-chugga riff in the middle that caught my ear as a fun, D.O.A. style of riff. “Guilty” is another highlight moving at angry speeds. It’s a modern band with a classic sound. They do it well. –Billups Allen (Stealth Ordeal)