Sunday, August 7, 2011

Wiccans – Skullduggery

I have always been really big on punk rock, especially hardcore. My favorite thing about the punk/hardcore scene is the diy attitude. Do it yourself, cause no one is gonna do it for you. This attitude of doing things yourself is relates to many fascists of life, not just where music is concerned. In order to get things done, sometimes you have to do it yourself. Denton, Texas' Wiccans are no exception to this do it yourself attitude, having just come off a successful self booked national tour of the United States and their recent LP release Skullduggery. Wiccans are definitely doing it for themselves.

From beginning to end, Skullduggery feeds my need for punk rock. We begin our journey with the song, "Intro". Much as the title depicts, it is our first glimpse of what Wiccans has to offer. It's as punk rock as punk rock can get. The sound is a non stop punk, reminiscent of Black Flag. The first official track on the album is a song called, "Ephemera". Man, is it good. Clocking in at under two minutes, this song features a melodic guitar and one hell of a catchy beat. Vocalist Adam's voice adds a special uniqueness to the mix. Vocally the lyrics are shouted but his voice itself is totally different than anything I have heard before.

"Crusty Royalty" is one of my favorite tracks on the album. It is reminiscent of Agnostic Front, sprinkled with Gregg Ginn-ish guitars. It's fast, it's good it's punk as fuck. Another amazing track on this album is "Key To Success". Again, really catchy song right here. A nice little breakdown towards the middle of this song makes it stand out from some of the others. The vocal delivery of this song really makes me think of Black Flag's song "Damaged".

If you're like me and you love punk rock and hardcore Wiccans is the band for you. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open, Wiccans will most likely be touring again soon. You just can't keep these guys away. Their live shows are full on non stop intensity. If you have a chance to catch them at a local diy house show or anywhere, do yourself a favor and make it happen. Did I mention you can download their LP for free? This means you have no reason not to take a listen to some awesome hardcore punk.

Wiccans goes good with: Black Flag, Ragging Boner, Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos, MDC, D.R.I., Agnostic front, Mundo Muerto, Unit 21

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