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The Defiant Ones - Super Secret Disasterdotdotdotdot
artworkImagine if the Torpedoes had not disbanded, but has developed intoSlacktone with the back alley thrash sensibilities of the Balboas. That will give you some idea of what you are in store for here. It seems to me like the Balboas' album they never made! 11 wild flying instros and 4 angry vocals, "Axed," "Pitch Black," "Riot On The Beach," and "Captain Zero." The musicians on this project are Caitlin O'Shea (Balboas) - guitar, Rich Griffin (Balboas) - guitar, Sam Bolle (Slacktone, Agent Orange, Dick Dale) - bass, and Dusty Watson (Slacktone, Dick Dale, Agent Orange) - drums.
Picks: Pitch Black, Shiva's Little Grind, Thunder and Brine, Shadow Of Pele, Quadraf#@k, The Exile, Ghostriders, No Soy, Bajjad, 6000 Stitches, My Mind Is Blown

Track by Track Review


Pitch Black dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a dark and very heavy chord thrasher. Evil distortion, chunky chop chords, midnight bass, and wailing drums. It's truly an exercise in energy draining.

Shiva's Little Grind dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like a Slacktone skatecore thrasher converged with a Dick Dale grind, "Shiva's Little Grind" is one powerful mother of an instro. Heavy beat, thunder bass, shred guitars, and dark imagery. It reminds me a lot of the early Torpedoes. Fantastic!

Thunder and Brine dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Aptly named, "Thunder and Brine" definitely delivers that and more. Very heavy, dark, and intense. The two guitars play off each other well.

Shadow Of Pele dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Reverbs crash, drums fire machine gun volleys, guitars fly at full tilt. I can't help draw comparison to the Torpedoes here. The only serious departure is that the Defiant Ones do not play just ahead of its ability, but rather at its edge. Drama, power, and intensity. It's a monster!

Quadraf#@k dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Aside from the impolite title, "Quadraf#@k" rages and pounds, holding nothing back. Full aggression bounces off delicate moments. Dark and threatening, and loaded with energy! Aaron Lange plays on this track. Keys on this track are played by Rick Frei (Balboas).

The Exile dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Exile" is a slower and more moody piece. Its stunning imagery and dangerous riff really command your attention, if only to be forewarned. It is a wonderful experience in the realm of surf danger. The lead guitar here is the incomparable Dave Wronski. Amazingly cool!

Ghostriders dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Owing much to Dick Dale's nineties arrangement, the Defiant Ones rip and rage on Stan Jones' classic cowboy song. It's dark and dangerous, and vert aggressive.

No Soy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"No Soy" is heavy and dark, and very big. Its mood is anger, its tone intense, and its power born of the drums and bass. A thrasher with relentless rage.

Bajjad dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Apemen's pounder "Bajjad" is more edgy than the original, and about as cool. Raw energy and power, and thrashing drive.

6000 Stitches dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Shredder guitar, pummeling energy, and dark imagery. The keyword here is heavy. Relentless also works. Speed and indelicate assault characterize the song well.

My Mind Is Blown dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Punkoidal stomp-o-matic thrash. Raging drums, stereo guitars, booming bass. "My Mind Is Blown" is perhaps just what its title implies, only fast forwarded from the days of the summer of love into the darkness of punk. Quite intense.