"The Butcher" (Self-produced; 2008)

Reviewed by Spudbeast

Dogends, the newest threat from Oxnard's legendary hardcore punk scene (known, aptly, as Nardcore), is definitely a band to watch. Their debut effort, "The Butcher," fits the typical mold of a Nardcore band: crunching riffs and shouting vocals, all delivered at a rapid fire tempo. That's a recipe that's hard to beat. 

"The Butcher" begins out with "Skate, Eat, Thrash" which has the potential to become compared to RKL's "Drink Positive" and Agression's "Intense Energy." Also, any band that can poke fun at their own girth is worth a listen in my book. 

"Skate, Eat, Thrash" really sets the pace for the entire album, with songs tackling a diverse range of subjects from heroin abuse ("Born on Methadone") to Mexican Food ("LTG"). The title track is also a highlight, with stunningly sharp razor riffage. And each and every song reaps the benefits of killer bass and drum intros.

Dogends, along with The Last Priority, are the forerunners of the modern Nardcore movement, and anyone interested in hardcore punk should give them a listen. They have the potential to one day be regarded on the same level as the immortal Ill Repute.

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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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