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EXTERNAL MENACE - The Process Of Elimination {Westworld} Timely reissue of one of UK Punk’s most underrated albums, originally recorded by this Scottish band in 1997. You get 14 crackers which span the gamut of Punk from ‘77-inspired tracks to a bit of Ska-Punk, some bruising 80s Anarcho-influenced tracks and even a bit of flat out Hardcore(ish) Street Punk. All the songs are well constructed and intelligent, and the various styles combine to make a really sold album. Plenty of highlights too, be it solid Punk songs like opener ‘This Country’, ‘Seize The Day’ or ‘Bullet Of Persuasion’, through to the DRONES-esque ‘Standin’ On The UK’. A clear RUTS vibe is present too be it the bass lead of ‘These Pricks Are Wrong’ through to best-song contender ‘Rude Awakening’. Then there’s the CULTURE SHOCK-ish groove of ‘Killin’ Me Asylum’ and the other best-track contender ‘In This Time’ that’s got sublime guitar work and a killer chorus. There’s a liberal sprinkling of well placed, and well chosen samples, best shown on closer ‘Sort It Out’. I’ve never understood why EXTERNAL MENACE are often grouped with pedestrian, lumpen Oi! Bands. These guys are light years beyond most of that stodge and this album continually proves that. A cracker of a record which, if there’s any justice, will one day be seen as a cult classic. (13.03.18)

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ELMERHASSEL (2 reviews), EL ESCAPADO, THE ENEMY, EPIC PROBLEM (2 reviews), ESE, EXTERMINATORS and EXTERNAL MENACE