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The Curse of Shank (Out of Limits)

By: Jeb Branin

Anyone who hasn't heard SHANK yet, hasn't heard truly lip-splitting power violence. This is a semi-discography CD that collects tracks from their split 7"s with MINUTE MANIFESTO, UNHOLY GRAVE, SCALPLOCK, plus a bunch of comp tracks and some unreleased gems. SHANK are musically always on the verge of reaching escape velocity, but just went you think it can't get any more frantic, they drop in a stop-and-go riff for contrast. I said it before, and I'll say it again* SHANK is one of those select bands that was not part of the first-wave of power violence, but is good enough that they sound like they were. Besides, when a band is this willing to use their intellect as well as their instruments, they deserve praise. The bountiful liner notes explain each track in great detail. The only drawback is the type is so small that I think I've suffered permanent eye strain. The band can expect a call from my optometrist and my lawyer sheesh. Oh wait, maybe they warned me maybe THAT is the "curse of SHANK." (Actually the "curse of SHANK" is an inside joke about how everything associated with the band falls apart. My former zine "The Crass Menagerie" was identified by SHANK as an example of this phenomenon. It would also explain this lousy review.)
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