Los Angeles phenomenon Distorted Pony released the 15-track Punishment Room in 1992 as a follow-up to the Work Makes Freedom EP. The disc's incessant rhythms are most prevalent on songs like "Death in the Turnstile," "Gut Bug," and "Castration Anxiety," while "Krank" and "Powerless" offer up the band's more melodic side. The album's release proved that aggressive punk music could be marketed across the country, as the band received critical acclaim for their pre-industrial sound, alongside bands like Big Black. Dora Jahr's ferocious bass was combined with the violent guitars of David U and Robert Hammer. Drummer London May rounded out the quartet. Recorded with Steve Albini, the disc was released by Bomp! Records.
Punishment Room Review
by Stephen Cramer