Sordid Dogs - Necropunk - (8/10)
Published on May 14, 2018
Genre:Black / Crust / Punk
Necropunk marks the first release from Sordid Dogs, a Greek three piece featuring two scene veterans that formed in 2017. Though they’re known by different pseudonyms here, the main instrumentalist/vocalist from Human Serpent plays bass here (as Filthgrinder) and the drummer/vocalist from Isolert does (you guessed it) drums and vocals (as Purgatory). Those two are joined by a guitarist known as Monorgasmatron who, despite not having any discoverable linkage to other bands in the scene, completely nails the first wave by way of crust punk sound that the band was going for.
It’s no surprise that the front cover of Necropunk looks like a long lost Crass or Discharge album cover, as the album sounds firmly rooted in the crust-filled d-beat scene. Take that old school punk sound and stir in the swaggering, bass-heavy approach of Hellhammer and just a touch of blackened speed metal a la Whipstriker and you’ll begin to understand what’s going on here. The riffs are rather simplistic, with a ragged, grimy tone with an almost bouncy, first wave approach, while the bass thumps along and the drums offer a nonstop barrage of stomping d-beat rhythms. The vocals seal the deal, with a strained, throaty shout that is dripping in grime. It’s all too fitting that band closes things off with their own take on “Massacra”, which doesn’t stray far from the original and still fits perfectly with the rest of the band’s material (take that as you will).
Ultimately, Sordid Dogs have done a fantastic job of merging the d-beat fury of Discharge with the chest thumping machismo of the first wave. The five tracks are over way too quickly, with the entire offering lasting a mere thirteen minutes, though there’s something to be said about a band who delivers the goods and leaves before overstaying their welcome. Fans of slathering d-beat histrionics and stomping first wave fury would be well advised to dig in. This is nothing that hasn’t been done before, but these guys have done a damn fine job and I, for one, will be keeping my eyes out for what comes next.