Lard 70’s Rock Must Die

It has been awhile but Lard have returned with a new EP, a new sound (sort of) and the same biting attitude as always. This three-song EP kicks off with one of the most appropriate song titles — “70’s Rock Must Die,” done in a true to style, ’70s-influenced, cock rock homage (mockery) to some of the worst music this side of the ’90s/’70s revival that continues to this day. The other two tracks — “Volcanus 2000 (We Wipe the World)” and “Ballad of Marshall Ledbetter” — are typical Lard, meaning they sound like Ministry with Jello Biafra providing the vocals. This is not a bad thing, however, as both rock out with typical aplomb, while Jello’s ranting provides a necessary contrast to the industrial metal thrashings. (Alternative Tentacles)