STEEL CHAINS: Self-titled: 7”

Wow, Portland, you never cease to amaze me. I was already a massive fan of bands such as The Stops, Macho Boys, and Arctic Flowers and now you throw Steel Chains my way? Insanity, I tell you! It’s like there is the magic equation that these bands there discovered—how to be heavy and urgent, yet melodic and in a dreamlike state. I don’t know what it is, but I can tell you that this band—along with all the others that I just mentioned—are something to behold. The ultimate litmus test: I put the record on, close my eyes, and listen. The hairs on the back of my neck stand up and my eyes water a little bit, like I just took a punch to the face. Yes, it’s that rad! –Ty Stranglehold (Dirt Cult)