Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate (Epitaph)

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The originators of melodic Hardcore? Quite possibly. Californian Coffee Punks return after a lengthy hiatus with an album of sublime catchiness. ‘Hypercaffium Spazzinate’ bubbles along with Karl Alvarez’s bouncy bass lines and Bill Stevenson’s faultless drumming propelling the band along musically, while vocalist Milo Aukerman imparts middle age experience on the bands usual topics of love and relationships, including an in-joke reference to the bands musical and lyrical history on the 44 second ‘No Fat Burger’ and references to family loss and parenthood. Descendents have always managed to deftly meld Hardcore with pop sensibilities and ‘Hypercaffium Spazzinate’ is no exception. Is it as good as their early stuff? Probably not. Is it better than most melodic Hardcore? Definitely. Ian Pickens


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