TOTAL ABUSE: Excluded: LP

My initial reaction to this not long after needle hit wax: “Hoooooooly shit.” I’m sticking by it. These cats have evolved from a particularly noisy, thrashy hardcore band to something much more feral and interesting. They keep the tunes mid-tempo throughout here, but ramp up the sonic virulence several notches above what would likely be considered healthy. The results recall the best parts of Black Flag’s “pain” period without sounding like a direct rip off—exclamations of outrage and agonized desperation that’ll likely become the soundtrack to many a fucked up kid. Right about now I wish I had extra thumbs to aim approvingly in the direction of this bad boy, ‘cause it’s more than deserving. –Jimmy Alvarado (Deranged)