15 track album. The most full-on recording from THE DOMESTICS yet, with the Japanese HC influences coming through to mix with the UKHC/USHC influences a little more than previously.
'Fuck Your War' features the brutal vocals of Dean Jones from the legendary EXTREME NOISE TERROR / RAW NOISE
MAXIMUM ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (U.S.): After a somber thirty second intro, the DOMESTICS do not let up for the entirety of their album. Every song is pummelling, to the point, fierce and full of fucking energy. Seriously, if you’re gonna play hardcore in this day and age, don’t fuck around. THE DOMESTICS got the memo. With song titles like ‘Get Fucked’, ‘Fuck Your War’, ‘Pills’ and ‘A Pox on this Life’, you probably have a good idea of what you’re getting yourself into. The presentation is your basic style of ‘80s US hardcore, but it’s done well and is pissed beyond belief. Only one song lasts longer than two minutes. Stellar. ’Life Stinks, We’re Fucked!!!’
RAZORCAKE (U.S.): A doozy of a full length from the band that impressed with their G.D.P. EP a few issues back. Same drill here—well above-average U.K. hardcore with intelligent, topical lyrics delivered with righteous ferocity in lengths shorter than many other bands’ song intros. They get the blood pumping from go and don’t let up until they decide you’ve had enough, and by then all you wanna do is start the pummelling all over again, bleedin’ ears be damned. www.razorcake.org/recor…/domestics-routine-and-ritual
SAVAGE AMUSEMENT (UK): Fast punk or hardcore these days usually means some throaty monotone deliberately out of tune singer destroying anything that his band are capable of . Thankfully we finally have an exception ! The music is brutal , the production raging and the lyrics sarcastic till the bitter end , with scene posers , gobshites , macho men and consumerism getting short shrift and best of all James has one of them voices that tops it off perfectly . He'll probably have no throat left by the time he's 40 but this is great CONFLICT style punk meets HC with fantastic production and musicianship . . TNS's finest moment. savageamusement.weebly.com/cdvinyl-reviews.html
SCANNER (NEW ZEALAND): Second album from this brutal Hardcore band outta the Ipswich, UK area and it’s certainly a step-up. The riffs are speedier and more clinical whilst retaining a distinct Punk abrasion, the rhythm section is locked in and the vocals spat out with a fusion of anger, discontent and aspiration. The 15 songs hurtle by in 17 minutes with highlights being closer ‘Nothing Factory II’, the damning ‘Punk Points’, the disarmingly catchy ‘Pills’ and, out right stunner, the destructive riff frenzy that is ‘A Pox On This Life’. Dean Jones, of Ipswich legends EXTREME NOISE TERROR belches out some vocal duties on ‘Fuck Your War’ also. Have to say though, this is not an ENT blast; only ‘Commodify Our Love’ could be said to feature those ENT-esque blast beats. I actually heard a bit of HERESY here, if mixed with a wipe of DISCHARGE, a dollop of FILTHKICK and a spoonful of POISON IDEA. The Japanese HC vibe of previous releases seemed minimised too. Good stuff and by far the most bilious and savage of releases on TNS thus far. www.scannerzine.com/topsoundsd2015.htm
SUSPECT DEVICE (UK) If you want to know what keeps me motivated to keep involved with this punk rock lark, just play this record. THE DOMESTICS have always been a good band, but here they take it to the next level with a brilliant album that is without doubt the best thing they have released so far. There’s no messing around or niceties here; it’s an all-out assault of pummelling, fast punk rock with lyrics attacking the ills of the world and humankind. An album full or energy, anger, speed and power is just what is needed to prove that DIY punk is alive and kicking and as relevant as ever. This is released by TNS Records along with Kibou, Imminent Destruction and Orchestrated Dystopia, so hats off to them for making this happen.
BREW FOR BREAKFAST (UK): THE DOMESTICS are as unrelenting as ever with their latest release, Routine and Ritual (25/12/14). Hardcore punk at its finest, from the short intro this album never lets up. Intense political hardcore that’s continuously ferocious, you’ll be hard pushed to find a 2014 album with more energy. Breaking this down track by track would be too opinionated and that’s what I love, a hardcore punk album in this day and age that hits the nail on the head about contemporary issues; fast guitar, heavy bass and wicked fucking drums, I’m reminded somewhat of Minor Threat and the US hardcore scene, but treated to those classic English Punk Rock vocals that gives it an edge that stands out. Each track is short, sweet, fucking brutal and definitely something worth letting your ears bleed to. brewforbrekky.co.uk/post/111503488001/the-domestics-are-as-unrelenting-as-ever-with
OLIVER ARDITI DOT COM (UK): Another band that keeps getting better with each release, not to mention more succinct. The shortest release in this survey, by a country mile, Routine and Ritual has as much to say as any of them. Contemporary hardcore punk of the most intense and politically rigorous character, this is as exciting as it is thought-provoking or rabble-rousing. Top whack malarkey.