"You Rot Me" (Volcom; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"You Rot Me" is a breath of fresh air in the world of punk rock where, too often, bands merely imitate the uber-selling ways of pop punkers like Blink 182. Unlike those failed copycats, Die Hunns play by their rules only. The result is an album that is as unpredictable as it is irresistible.

Running the gamut from reggae-tinged, Clash-like rompers like the title track, to straight-forward punk songs like "Mad Society" to Lou Reed inspired numbers of pure atmospheric power ("Rock N Roll Boulevard" and "Die For Me"), "You Got Me" isn't boring for even a second. The fact that the album alternates between male and female lead vocals (sometimes within the same song), gives it an added edge of variety.  

This isn't a record that lives on speed or  loud guitars alone. Although there are elements of punk and straight-forward rock'n'roll, hints of country and other music styles often make appearances of their own. And it's all done with a rough and raunchy edge. This may not be a record you'll mosh to or that will make you bang your head, but it's irresistibly entertaining. What more needs be said?

For more information, check out http://www.diehunns.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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