Review By Annar Veröld.
The impulsively-birthed-San-Marcos-native band, Zlam Dunk, seems to be punching the Austin scene with brilliant guitar riffs, sweet percussion, and vocal-chord bleeding punk rock. Released on December 3rd 2010, their debut album, Noble Ancestry, brings exciting, danceable music that thrives in an explosion of energy.
Zlam Dunk opens their album with “Tomorrow in Twenty Million Years”, an upbeat and quick tempo-ed song; the perfect introduction to an entertaining archive of post punk rock. As the album proceeds, Zlam Dunk’s produces aggressive punk-rock anthems about rebellion and love. The wild guitar, pulsating beat, and raw vocals in “Midnight Runners” enhances the infuriating desperation experienced in relationships that makes you want to shout and punch everyone in the mouth. While, “Castle Beyond the Goblin City” is just as aggressive, it is a call to youth for freedom, with a surprising desire to picket for rights, scream, and dance in the midst of rebellion.
Despite the evident talent of the musicians, Noble Ancestry showcases certain songs, such as “Ghost Woman” and “Untitled”, which show a lack of diversity or creativity from within the genre. Though, reflecting the on-going style of aggressive, danceable punk rock, the songs are indecipherable and only make for great background music for desperate study sessions.
Fortunately, the album saves itself with the tracks “21st & Kedzie” and “Vice”, which embody the epitome of post-hardcore, punk rock, projecting a more real sense of today’s brilliant, rocker group of youngsters that live in desperation for warmth, thirst for connection, and exist in the reality of being young, lonely, frustrated, yet pathetically in love with life. Unfortunately, the “21st & Kedzie” is almost flawless, except the beginnings sounds like every other punk rock song. However, the lyrics snag interest, and the track snowballs into a masterpiece.
Despite the album having a few major setbacks with indecipherable tracks, Zlam Dunk is definitely leaving a mark in the Austin music scene with Noble Ancestry, and establishing their signature style of danceable, aggressive, hardcore punk rock.
(Editor’s Note: Red River Noise staff writer Brett Thorne is currently a member of Zlam Dunk. However, he had zero knowledge or influence on the decision to publish this review)