"Everybody Dies" (Fivecore; 2008)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Everybody Dies" is a blistering collection of hardcore punk songs that will leave you panting and covered in sweat. Fast paced, gritty as hell and straight forward, "Everybody Dies" rocks hard.

Surprisingly, the band that Neutralboy brings most immediately to mind is The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, but there are no horns here. Instead, imagine the Bosstones with their ska meter turned down just a bit and with more focus on the punk. That's what Neutralboy delivers in a fast and furious manner.

Lead vocalist Michael Frottage has one of those scary monster voices that fits the music perfectly, and when Mandy Reed occasionally throws her voice into the ring, well, it's like being slashed with a rusty razor. But in a good way, you know?

Those who are tired of the words "pop" and "punk" being placed together will love the unadulterated sound of "Everybody Dies."

Neutralboy: Mandy Reed - bass/vocals; Hal9000 Beers - drums/vocals; James Hunnicutt - guitar/vocals; Michael Frottage - vocals/guitar.

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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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