DAMNED, THE: Evil Spirits: LP

One always need to get their grain of salt ready when taking on a new album from one of the classic punk bands, especially when they haven’t released anything new in at least a decade or so. I went out of my way to avoid hearing any of this before I picked up the album. I saw them live for the first time just last year and I was blown away, which resulted in me having high hopes for this record. Take a deep breath and put the needle on the record… I love it! This is some classic Damned! To be fair, I feel it has a healthy dose of Naz Nomad And The Nightmares in the mix (The Damned side project where they released an album of ‘60s pop covers), but in the end, it is unmistakably The Damned. Dave Vanian’s voice does not age, and I think he may actually be a vampire after all. If you’re expecting Damned Damned Damned or Machine Gun Etiquette you will be disappointed, but remember that the band who recorded those records has had forty years to continue to evolve. It is safe to say that The Damned can still write and perform a punk/goth/pop/rock song with the best of them and that makes me incredibly happy today. –Ty Stranglehold (Spinefarm)