SICK THOUGHTS: “18 and Free” b/w “Choose Death”: 7”

“Choose Death” should have been the A-side here. It has the sickest Sick Thoughts riff. The guitar tone and recording itself belies this is a record from 2016. This song will be on whatever Killed By Death-esque comp in, I don’t know, fifteen years or so, whenever the world gets around to comping the ‘aughts (Killed By The Cassette Tape Revival?) “18 and Free” is no slouch of a tune—see, it’s a real Sick Thoughts anthem—but “Choose Death” smothers its flip side like you would an annoying relative who is threatening to write you out of their will. There are a lot of Sick Thoughts records out there, too many probably, so choose this total punker if you’re not sure where to start or go next. –Sal Lucci (Total Punk)