RATS BLOOD: Ugly: 7”

Rats Blood offers up gut-wrenching and diaphragm-rattling d-beat on its latest release. The six tracks race along with guitars buzzing and drums being beaten into submission as vocals are dragged up through the trachea, before they are unleashed, as if from the pits of hell. I like this a lot but have to admit to preferring the band’s 2014 Punks Is Mutants EP that has a more dynamic and less compressed sound. –Rich Cocksedge (Distro-y, distroyrecords.com)