SCATTERBOX: Ritual: CD

Though undergoing numerous lineup changes over their nearly two decades of existence, Scatterbox have had a prolific career, including three EPs and five full-lengths. Their latest effort, Ritual, is thirteen tracks of hardcore-ish punk with a strong ’90s vibe. It’s more melodic than heavy, with a crisp production. I generally prefer stuff that sounds a little rougher around the edges, but the production didn’t deter me from digging Scatterbox. They know how to write a tune to get your foot stomping and your head banging. I imagine Scatterbox sound even better live and if they venture beyond their usual Midwest haunts, I look forward to catching them on tour. –Paul J. Comeau (Blackhouse, blackhouserecordsinc.com)