FREEZE, THE: Calling All Creatures: LP

Did I think I would be reviewing a new album by The Freeze in 2019? Not on your life. Am I glad I am? Hell yes! Cape Cod’s first punk band has been a favorite of mine for many years, though when this appeared I will admit that I had that apprehensive feeling in my gut whenever a legendary punk band puts forth a new album. I never know how to reconcile my love of a band with a lousy new album. Thankfully, that is not an issue here. Musically, the album features hard hitting, mid-tempo punk rock rippers with Clif Hanger’s trademark witty delivery showing us a window into the darker facets of humanity. I’ve been playing this repeatedly getting the songs happily stuck in my head. Forty plus years in and The Freeze are still bringing the goods. At least one thing is right in the world. –Ty Stranglehold (Slope, sloperecords.com)