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Narcsatanicos

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This Canadian punk group sounds likes it's caught in a lovable time warp circa Ramones but with a more than adequate dose of G.G. Allin. From the opening wails on "Smokin' From the Can," the band matches the intensity and energy needed while maintaining a very steady precision musically. "Killing Machine" follows a similar pattern, but the drum work by Dan Casale is a high point for the song. Recorded over a period of five years, the album contains different versions of the same song, but there isn't much of a discrepancy between most. "Lose Yer Mind" has a tight rhythm section to it and resembles the early New York punk scene. Written mainly by lead singer Marc Goodwin, the songs parallel the general mayhem the band creates time after time. "Let's Push That Old Woman Down the Stairs" is such an example, resembling the Strokes or Mooney Suzuki on high-speed dubbing. The alternate version is more primal and works much better. The late G.G. Allin is also paid tribute to in "Wreckthings/Hard Candy," although the recording sounds very shoddy. The title track is more of a soulful rock track than hard punk with a high-octane conclusion. At times, the band resorts to a shock value that is fairly bland and cliché, diminishing the efforts on songs such as "I'm Your Enemy" and "Born Wrong." "Burn It Down" is another metal and punk rock "boogie" tune that is the best track on the album. Of the seven additional tracks, only "Slice, Dice and Dance" stands out as a strong song despite the audible drop in sound quality. And "Fun" has a blues feeling to it, coming off as AC/DC performing "Ride On."

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