Rentokill Anti-Chorus

On the surface, this is a pretty standard political punk record: fast songs with lots of breaks and palm muting, gruff vocals and angry, pissed-off lyrics. But scrape the surface and you'll discover some serious musicianship that appears to take equal influences from bands like I Farm and some of metal's more technical guitar riffing. Tracks like "Prime Time Killers" give a healthy nod to the ska-punk tradition while infusing some grandiose gang vocals and rock'n'roll guitar licks. The vocals of lead singer Jack sound like a lower range Stza, at times: gruff, angry and sincere but with a sense of intelligence and thoughtfulness often lacking from the whole Crack Rock Steady crew. (Union)