EP Review: Death Rogen
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:22:53
Northern California punk duo ripping up rock 'n' roll for good on debut...
Roseville's own Death Rogenis as pure as punk gets in 2015. The brainchild of vocalist and guitarist Jakobe Moreno ("OG WAN JAKOBE") and drummer Hector Perez (YiffLord) delivers an unbridled blast of deadly distorted fury on their official debut Death Rogen EP I. Not one of the eight tracks on the collection clocks in over two minutes, and these boys manage to lock and load a gritty, guttural grind of guitars, vitriolic vocals and bombastic percussion into a veritable sonic freight train. Whether it's the chant of "Hot Sk8," the incendiary blast of "Rosevillains" and the brilliantly titled "Dadderall," the energy never stops throughout the whole roller coaster. This is everything that this genre of music should be and so much more.
You could see these two taking over the Vans Warped Tour next year with the kind of panache, power, and passion that the jaunt originally bred and became associated with early on during its genesis. Also, for good measure, there's a phenomenally heavy take on The Cure's "Grinding Halt" from the band's 1979 debut Three Imaginary Boys. It's a reminder of where those cats originally came from too.
Ultimately, Death Rogen are giving punk the good swift kick that it needed. They're as hardcore as they are hypnotic, and they're ready to breathe new life into the genre. It starts with EP 1.
Get the EP at Death Rogen's BandCamp page!