The Despised and Dead Leaf Echo…Posted on Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 @ 10:01am » permalink
The Despised, from Atlanta, formed way back in the mid-90's and released a few 7"s before calling it a day in 2000, but they regrouped in 2005 and this is their first full-length release: "Punk, It's Not For Rich Kid$ Anymore!" Expect 14 tracks of generally short, fast, aggressive punk rock that's heavier and more hardcore-oriented than you'd likely expect. It's sometimes humorous, sometimes socio-political, always bitter 'n' pissed. While they don't particularly sound like any of their individual influences, you'll hear bits and pieces of Poison Idea, The Exploited, and that kind of thing going on – but, as evidenced by their unexpected cover of "Just Can't Hate Enough" by Sheer Terror, there's definitely a wider range of influences at work. To my ears, the gruff vocal delivery and fast-paced lyrical arrangements bear the most in common with straight up, pissed off punk; while the driving power chord rhythms have a heavy, hardcore sort of attack built around more of a punk rock sense of energy – accented by plenty of noisy lead breaks and hints at overt metal riffing on rare occasion. And the recording's thick as fuck, with an absolutely mammoth fuzzed out bass tone, so despite some borderline unbalanced ruggedness from time to time there's a pretty damn solid punch happening there as well. Not too shabby!
Punk shouldn't be for down(free)loading scumbags either, so step up and buy the CD if you dig the tunes: