April Loud Rock Wrap-Up

Written by on May 10, 2013

Hey all! It’s your loud rock genre director, back from another month getting down in the muck and mire to find you the best in new loud rock. I’ve got some good stuff for you this month, for sure, and left out the shit (Did you know there was a new Mindless Self Indulgence album?)

Restorations – LP2 (8/10)
Restorations have just started to appear on the radar, so it took me some searching to find their new album, LP2, in the KPSU stacks. After a couple listens, I grew to love this thing. If you want to know what Gaslight Anthem would sound like if they weren’t phoning it in, listen to LP2. It is a fantastic “adult-punk” record, if fantastic could describe anything adult-punk. Restorations take 40 minutes and pack in enough melody to totally offset the boring Springsteen worship everybody has going on these days. Listen to this.

Dead Confederate – In the Marrow (7/10)
Dead Confederate’s third album, In the Marrow, is much better than I thought it would be. The album holds some of the most ferocious and raw of any tracks I’ve heard this year. Unfortunately, it slows down a bit in the second half. Still good, just not as fast. Check out “Vacations” or “In the Marrow”

The Thermals – Desperate Ground(6/10)
“Desperate Ground” is not “The Body, The Blood, The Machine,” and The Thermals will likely never put out another record as good as that one in their career. However, “Desperate Ground” is a good record, full of fun tracks and more poetic social commentary than their earlier records. Check out “The Sunset” or the song below, “Born to Kill,” if you haven’t.

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