"Queens by All Means" (Self-released; 2012)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Explosive female fronted NYC quintet Straphangers champion the unbridled spirit of the underground sound as documented on their 12-track release "Queens by All Means."

Churning out a callous combination of metallic riffs (“Monster”), intense rhythmic pummeling ripe for dance floor melees (“Emily’s Love Song”), and powerful hardcore vocals at vicious punk velocities (“Intelligent Design”), this troupe proudly balances NYHC stomp (“Walk it Off”) and breakneck street punk (“Get Over Yourself”) with an adroit and agile sense of aggressiveness assisting their confrontational and raucous hybrid of heaviness to truly shine.

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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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