Oiltanker The Shadow of Greed/Crusades

Oiltanker The Shadow of Greed/Crusades
Ah, yes, d-beat/crust, where even the most rote practitioners sound awesome given the right production and smart decisions about album length (short). Here, Connecticut punks Oiltanker (love it!) get their first real CD release by combining their Shadow of Greed LP and Crusades seven-inch, and apart from some difference in snare sound, you'd never know this was from more than one session. As it goes with much of this sound, apart from the extra-frantic "Blight" and the metallic "Crusades" (or was that the metallic "Blight" and the extra-frantic "Crusades"?), this is pretty standard scuzz squat riot squad stuff, given a decent bass-heavy production and distribution via Southern Lord, who have a jones for d-beat these days. Hey, more power to them. We've heard it before, but Oiltanker are a prime example of quality modern d-beat. (Southern Lord)