REVIEW: The Slow Death – "No Heaven"

The Slow Death look like a super-group (or whatever) on paper. While they certainly have the pedigree of such, it’s not quite the case. Coming out of the death of Pretty Boy Thorson, this band has always seemed like more of an extension than a new project. As such, the line up on the bands new (and second) LP varies slightly from what appeared on their first. No Heaven is exactly what you’d expect from a band featuring members of Pretty Boy Thorson, Dillinger Four, The Soviettes, and The Turkletons. It’s gruff, Midwestern pop punk.

As far as specifics, it’s a pretty solid mix of Pretty Boy Thorson and Dillinger Four. While not having the country influences, it’s heavy on the former. Jesse Thorson really knocks this stuff out of the park. His vocals, while not anything uncommon for the genre, are solid. Yeah, he sounds like a singer in a Midwestern punk band. But, you know, of course he does. Either way, here it is. No Heaven stays pretty on point with what the band did on Born Ugly, Got Worse. The songs are forceful and catchy. The riffs are simple enough for the general pop punk fan, but not total Ramones aping. All the bases are covered, including the genre standard booze song (“I Need A Drink”).

Long story short, this is a great record. It’s not reinventing the wheel. You’re not going to be blown away by it’s ambition. Nothing is getting revolutionized. It’s a quality pop punk record for people who like that kind of thing. It is what it is, and what it is is a great example of pop punk done Midwestern style. This is such a no-brainer. You won’t be disappointed.

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