Wednesday, May 26, 2010



Sudden Death

It is indeed difficult to believe that Canadian punk rock legends D.O.A. started over thirty years ago. Their 13th studio release shows that frontman and founder Joey "Shithead" Keithley certained hasn't mellowed over the years and we are grateful for that. They have showed no signs of letting up as they continue to blast out pure raw riffs while Keithley barks out hit patented vocals and socks it to organized religion, big business, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the music scene and more. No one is safe from their attacks and that's the way it should be, but there is always enough humor and sarcasm mixed in to make it more than just a straight on angry assault. I thought that their 2008 release "Northern Avenger" was their strongest album in some time. It was, but the new album surpasses it with pure adrenaline pumping, memorable tunes like “That’s Why I’m An Atheist”, “The Rebel Kind” and “Don’t Bank on a Bank”. Not all is negative either as they crank out their tribute to Star Trek with "Captain Kirk, Spock, Scotty and Bones". No strangers to cover songs they knock out two on this album. Their version of "That's Amore" is silly, but fun enough to be passable. It's their cover of Bob Dylan's "The times they are a-changin'" that might actually be the best song on the entire album. What a fantastic choice for D.O.A to take on as it completely fits in with their attitude and spirit. There is nothing totally new to the overall sound on this album, but instead D.O.A pull upon some of the best elements of what has worked for them all of these years and manage to put out one of the best albums of their long career.

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