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D.O.A.

Hard Rain Falling

Review by Gary Hill

I always like DOA’s brand of punk rock. This one lands closer to their hardcore roots than some of their recent discs have. It’s quite an effective slab of punk, no matter the alignment, though.

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Track by Track Review
Punk Rock Hero

A mix of hardcore and more mainstream punk that’s catchy, this is a great way to start the set in style.

You've Gone Too Far
This one lands much more in pure hardcore territory. It’s a much shorter tune and an effective one.
The Cops Shot A Kid
Slower, but no less punk at the start, this is classy. It works from that slower movement to some serious high tempo hardcore.
Warmonger
Although this is still a punk rock song, it also touches on more mainstream hard rock sounds.
Johnny Too Bad
The organ brings a retro rock sound to this cover. There is a big chunk of reggae here, too. This is a nice change, but not one of my favorites.
Pipeline Fever
Back into pure punk territory, this rocks. It’s aggressive and potent.
Racism Sucks
More hardcore, this is really catchy, too.
Kicked in the Teeth
Although there are no big changes here, this is another solid cut.
Not Gonna Take Your Crap No More
A faster paced cut, as the title suggests, this is angry. It’s also tasty.
He Joined The Gang
More of the same, when it’s this good, who cares. Somehow this reminds me a bit of early Clash at times.
Ni Hao
No real changes, this is angry and energized. It’s actually one of the stronger cuts here.
San Quentin
Here they cover a Johnny Cash song. I like this version. It’s punk. I think Cash would have appreciated it. If country was ever punk in the day, it was probably Cash’s music.

 

 
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