DRUNKEN MARKSMAN – DECLINE OF MANKIND LP (NOT DEAD YET / BLIND DESTRUCTION / MASS PRODUCTIONS / ARMISTICE RECORDS)

DRUNKEN MARKSMAN are a South Wales band featuring Pig on vocals, a punk scene veteran of what must be forty years and previous bands THIS SYSTEM KILLS, RECTIFY and CLASSIFIED PROTEST (see the ‘We Won’t Be Your Fucking Poor’ compilation on Mortahate), and here he’s teamed up with members of Celtic punks THE GUNTYS for a new chapter.

I was unsure at first, so I turned it up and played it again… then again, and then it hit me: ‘Decline of Mankind’ is probably the most well defined and delivered UK punk debut I’ve heard in a long time. Opening with ‘Proxy War’ and its descending chord intro not unlike ‘Rise Above’ by BLACK FLAG, on offer here are eight hardcore anthems that make a statement on the current state of the world, delivered with passion and power.

End to end ‘Decline of Mankind’ is no nonsense undiluted punk that sounds like it’s from another time, reminding me of bands like TOXIC REASONS and COWBOY KILLERS in their prime, with Pig’s Celtic howl delivering an angry and sometimes melancholy message over the top. Add to this a nod to KILLING JOKE on the barnstorming ‘Dance to the Apocalypse’ and you have a record intent on blowing the bloody doors off.

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