AGGRO OR DIE!: Summer Dies: CD

This band from Detroit, Michigan plays a mix of hardcore. thrash and punk on this thirteen song album. This debut has raw power and great aggression that goes from start to end.

The songs are tight, the vocals are raw and angry, the band rages and the pit would be a swirling mix of arms and legs all mixed with sweat, but what a fun time it would be. Pick a song on here, hit play and feel the intensity take ahold of you and try to rip your face off. The album reminds me of DRI on occasion, especially on Fuck February, which is an amazing thrash song. I was listening to this album and thinking about how many bands used to do this, and now very few do, and even fewer do it as good as these guys. The bands never lets up with song after song of pure thrashing goodness, heavy, but still has a hook here and there to catch you and the gang vocals make for a great shout along.

These guys have been around for a while playing and getting better, and on this debut they really let everyone know that they are here to rip your head off and throw you in the pit. Put this one on and scare your neighbors, it might even make the plants die…it’s that good. I need more aggro, or I might die.


THE DAMN DIRTY APES emerged in the winter of 2009-10 and have released their debut thirteen track album on Fleetwood, PA’s Overdose On Records. The band consists of Andy Clark on guitar, Erik Wellen on drums, Jody on vocals, and Stacy Feit on bass.

“NO!” starts the festivities with a kick to the groin with the shouted chorus, the hammering drum beats the pummeling bass and the powerful riffing, “Who Cares” has a great fat bass line, a great chorus and gallops along at a quick pace making your head bob and would be a killer song in the pit, and “Detached” is another blistering hardcore song with stop / starts, gruff vocals and juicy bass. Melding hooks and intensity, you will be thrashing and banging your head throughout the album and laughing and singing along with the choruses. Their mix of thrash metal, crossover, and hardcore will get you up and moshing around your house like a mad man. The other songs that I got into were, “Dead Engine”, “The Trout”, “Set Fires”, “Fluffer”, and “Blades Of Swords”.

If you’re looking for a band that will play hard and heavy, has hooks galore and swearing, this is your band…mine too! These DAMN DIRTY APES would piss off Charlton Heston every bit as much as the ones in those old monkey movies, maybe even more so…good on you APES!