LEPER: Frail Life: LP

Seriously, I dunno exactly what it is they put in the smörgåstårta in Umeå, but the “hit” ratio of kickass hardcore bands from there is a bit of a modern marvel. Leper is no exception, and their contribution to the local legacy is no less crucial—punchy thrash one moment, brooding and feral the next, and “P&D” has hints of early Hüsker Dü lurking underneath. Varied, gritty, rockin’, and fuggin’ faboo. –Jimmy Alvarado (Kink, kink-records.de)