KONTAKTA: Life in a Cage: 7”

On Life in a Cage, the U.K.’s Kontakta blast out four tracks of crusty d-beat. I was hooked on this from the first riff and loved it more once I dug into the lyrics. Three of the four songs—“Burn My Eyes,” “Blood Junkies,” and “Meet Your Meat”—all address animal rights issues from various perspectives. The fourth track, “They Will Decide,” addresses government surveillance on the lives of ordinary people, and challenges the idea of “nothing to hide so what does it matter?” I love it when both the music and the message a band puts out are great, and Kontakta nail it on both counts. –Paul J. Comeau (Kontakta, kontakta.bandcamp.com, [email protected])