By Thor

Drug of Faith's new album, "Corroded", is what hardcore punk sounds like in 2011.  They rail for and against various socioeconomic and political variables, angrily and with stinging irony.  Musically, "Corroded" is...well, mid-tempo punk. There are grind elements such as the down-tuned guitars, the occasional blast parts, as well as some employment of double bass drumming, but at its core, "Corroded" is "Wild In The Streets" on steroids.

Drugs of Faith create quite the aural cacophony for a trio. Front man, Richard Johnson's (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Enemy Soil) guitar work is not surprisingly solo-free and rather than building everything with only power chords, he uses a variety of chording techniques and textures, keeping things off balance and unpredictable. Vocally, Johnson uses clean punk shouts, ala Keith Morris, Ian MacKaye, etc. The drumming on "Corroded" is tasty and never too busy, but shifting tempos, mainly within a few degrees of a mid-tempo foundation...enough to avoid tedium. The bass playing is solid and dynamic enough to be interesting, but not distracting.

Stylistically, Drugs of Faith isn't what I would normally listen to, but "Corroded" is growing on me. Fans of pure punk may dig this a lot as it's an interesting and updated representation of the form. For fans of pure grind, it will depend on which elements of grind you find appealing. "Corroded" isn't going to melt your face off with white hot speed and fury. However, it is a dark and angry, politically infused album with enough blasts and sonic chaos to keep your pulse elevated.