Five Deadly Venoms Shapeshift

It's been fairly quiet on the Midwestern front for the last year. Hum and Shiner are long overdue for new albums, Season to Risk's last disc was awful and Pave the Rocket and Guilt are nowhere to seen or heard. Fortunately, we have Five Deadly Venoms to shatter the near silence with a vengeance. The dozen tracks on their full-length debut offer a furiously potent blend of punk power, rock fury and emo melody. Like their peers in the furtive St. Louis and Kansas City scenes, they know how to strike the perfect balance between noise and melody, aggression and rhythm. Deadly is right. (Thick)