Streets of America / Various
18-track compilation featuring 18 different bands. Review from Punk in the UK First up are Criminal Intent with Oi song 'Night Violence'. Ohio River Rats are next with the song 'Another Day'. Fed Up kick in next with 'Bitchslap' which is full on 1980's D.R.I. style hardcore. 'Shotgun Libertarian' by the Cut-Offs follows which is a straight up punk song. Frontline Soldiers are next with 'Reclaim Strength' a really good Oi song. Dead End Path play some good hardcore/Oi on 'Welcome to my World' which reminded me of Agnostic Front. I wasn't gonna list all the tracks on here but I changed my mind after hearing 'Working Man' by Breaking Point, an excellent punk hardcore song. The next band have one of the worst names I've ever heard of (which coming from an ex member of Lemon Enema is saying something). Aggressive Housespider play fast metal punk. Reason to Fight sound like GBH crossed with Verbal Abuse on 'Revolt' and is one of the stand out tracks. Skin Disorders' 'Pitbull Aggression' Kicks Ass. Korova have the best named track on the album 'Nazis Ruined Shaved Heads' and play hardcore that wouldn't have been out of place in the early 90's. End of Humanity sound like a metal band until the song kicks in proper on 'Fight 4 Life' a bit like Earth Crisis but not as heavy. I' m getting bored of typing!!!!! The next band, Drink Fight Thugs have a good song with ' On the House'. 'Alleged Bricks' alleged to have done what? Their track 'F*** You' is a good Oi! Song. 'All I've Got' by Step2Far is next. I thought 'Marching On' by Dead Heros was a tribute to Leeds United but I was clearly mistaken, quite a good track though. Nearly at the end now!! Under Investigation play like fast as you like hardcore on 'Buffalo Rhino' (what's one of those then?) The last track 'U.S.A.' by Downlow is a live cover of an old Reagan Youth song and is probably the best track on the album. The bottom line here is, Some great tunes get this CD. Review from True Punk Zine "Streets off America" Is a fantastic compoliation of various hardcore punk / Oi bands from around the United states (but mostly New York). As you would expect there are a few uninteresting songs on this comp (only 2 as far as I'm concerned) but this is to be expected with any comp. You always get a few intense songs that you can't get enough of and a few that you skip. This album starts off with "Night Violence" by Criminal Intent which is a good old fashioned fast and heavy and extremely catchy punk rock song. It was the best choice to start the album and is my favorite of all 18 songs. "Another Day" by Ohio River Rats is far more poppy to be considered hardcore but is still a track full of energy and toe tapping ability. Dead End Path "Welcome to my World" is your traditional D-Beat NYHC song so there is that sound you know and love. Also the lyrics are "Killer" as a friend commented on while listing to the album. The one downside to the entire album is there is no lyric sheet which is something all punk rock releases should have. It might just be because this was a review copy I received and I expect it would be on the LP so it might just be the copy I received. All in all there are too many postive and outstanding bands on this comp. So many bands on this release would be a great place to start if you are looking for some amazing Oi or hardcore punk. Label: United Riot Records.