PARANOID: Out Raising Hell: LP

Emerging from behind the sound of an enormous door slamming in the depths of Sweden, Paranoid return! This time the bone-breaking d-beat trio is slowing things down just a bit to bring their previously scalding and incendiary Scandi-core to a rolling boil. There’s a bit more of a metal influence this time as evidenced by the Tom Warrior-esque vocals and the bitchin’ Mercyful Fate-styled artwork on the album cover. It looks like we may have avoided a Mad Max style dystopian world for the time being but when and if that happens, this is what I’ll be blasting in my dune buggy on my way to smash some fascist skulls! –Juan Espinosa (D-Takt & Råpunk / Konton Crasher / pndftw.bandcamp.com)