SOCIAL EXPERIMENT: Rumours of Our Demise Are Not Greatly Exaggerated: LP/CD

Hailing from South Wales, Social Experiment has exploded onto the U.K. punk/hardcore scene with a debut album that has left me somewhat awestruck. The album opens with “Unlock the Cage,” featuring a slow and sharp post-punk intro that lulls the listener into a false sense of security before it’s suddenly a case of all guns blazing. From that moment on, the album keeps firing on all cylinders, maintaining a blistering attack featuring dual vocals and a really tight delivery, best epitomized by the track “Bloody Traditions,” which rips into the hideous “sport” of fox hunting. I could give this album many compliments, but keeping it brief I’ll highlight the excellent song writing/structure plus the spot-on production, provided by former Dub War guitarist Jeff Rose. Those things help make this a standout record. –Rich Cocksedge (Blind Destruction, [email protected], blinddestructionrecords.bigcartel.com)