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Close To Breakevil
Bad Afro

The Scandinavian invasion continues with a driving metallic punk entry from Copenhagen. Most of the songs make you keep driving even if youíve already arrived. So prepare to bring your calling card or dial down the center. It quickly shows dark 70ís heaviness with smooth production. The hollow tones are displayed in agile guitars and a depth-charge of a rhythm section. Take "Bad Blood" on a late night ride in your muscle car with the lights off. "Just Like You" is still heavy but throws in a garagey undertone thanks to the Mysterians styled organ and Stones background gals. Crunchy fuzz is mixed nicely so it doesnít drown the vocals. "Iíll Make It Right Now" is pretty simple and almost thrown together. Trashy and brisk like Loose Lips with balls. The woofer-splitting "You Lose" is the perfect garage song. Drugs, racetracks, trashcans and the chant, Go, go motherfucker go! Go, go to the horror show! Thereís no sign of letting up, as the high-Speedealer of a roadhouse song "What I Want" tears down the country backroads. Deft vocals delivered with the subtlety of an 18-wheeler down your throat. One of my favorite tricks is utilized when at the end of the run he shouts, Now pick it! followed by an expanse of nothing, and back into the scrubbing where they left off. Satanís cheerleaders chime in on "Return Of The Action Man" whilst Lemmy has taken control of the mic duties. This one sounds unfinished, but theyíve got a lot of other bits of rocking to get done.

The aforementioned background singers are as sloppy and unconcerned as gum-chewing waitresses on, "Out Of Control." The rhythm section doesnít come in Ďtil about halfway through. It almost has a strange 60ís Nirvana arrangement that way. The title is ironic since this is the slowest song. Just as it seems to be gearing up, it abruptly ends. "I Canít Afford It" picks back up, but has me dreading the cheerleaders. Enough is enough already with the Nashville Pussy. The girls leave, and the guys imitate them on "Right Awright." Bizarre. Iím starting to want a shower and shave. The 60ís frug of, "Baby Letís Dance" melds with foreboding low-slung guitar. Itís groovy in a threatening, nothing is free-love sort of way. Definitely emitting some tones of dishonorable intentions, while the singer is actually taking it lighter. The Ramonesí "Carbona Not Glue," gets kicked up a few rpms. Letting loose all unspent fuel, "Shake Your Butt" rips through with a controlled feedback burn. The guitars peel away to give us one last bass peek.

On a scale of less than successful youth marketed sodas: one being OK Cola, and ten being Brainwash; Close To Breakevil scores a seven Ė Jones Soda.

ó Ewan Wadharmi

Track Listing:

  1. Bad Blood
  2. Just Like You
  3. Iíll Make It Right Now
  4. You Lose
  5. What I Want
  6. Return Of The Action Man
  7. Out Of Control
  8. I Canít Afford It
  9. Right Awright
  10. Baby Lets Dance
  11. Carbona Not Glue
  12. Shake Your Butt

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