Dropkick Murphys - The Gang's All Here
Hellcat Records

The Dropkick Murphys are a cross between the Bouncing Souls, Social
Distortion, and those guys who wander down your street at 3 AM, drunk,
yelling at the top of their lungs.  This is a good thing.  Now I know what
hardcore is supposed to be.  This Boston quartet does it again, packing 16
fast-pased tracks (plus some hidden answering maching messages at the end)
into this CD.  This CD is produced by Lars Frederiksen of Rancid fame, and
the band reflects Rancid's sound significantly, but without the cruddy ska
influences that always seem to end up in Rancid's songs.  Notable standouts
on this CD are "Devil's Brigade," "Blood and Whiskey," and their hardcore
version of "Amazing Grace."  If you're into the in your face, oi!, reeks of
beer type punk, this CD is for you.
...scott heisel...

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