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SMELL OF PUNK IS IN THE AIR WITH 2 NEW RELEASES

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To many, true punk rock may have died with the Sex Pistols, the Misfits and the New York Dolls. Still others may argue punk rock is alive and well thanks to the late Kurt Cobain.

But when listening to a couple of new releases, the smell of punk is in the air and its spirit, if nothing else, is up and about.- Britain's Godflesh could actually be one of the founding fathers of the so-called "industrial" noise. But unlike the synthesizer-heavy distortion of Nine Inch Nails, Machines of Loving Grace and Rage Against the Machine, Godflesh shrieks out its frustrated distortion on guitars.

The cuts "Xnoybis," "Bigot" and "Empyreal" are used to display the band's blend of industrial goth and punk.

In every one of the album's cuts, however, there is a hint of classically inspired arrangements. If listeners can get beyond the raging and sometimes pulverizing grind, they are treated to some smartly shaped songs that carry more than bury.

- Now, D Generation is more true to the punk spirit than Godflesh to the point that the band even adapted the Johnny Rotten/

Sid Vicious fashion of teased and natty hair; tight, black leather pants, and sleeveless black shirts.

Through fast flighty songs laced with feedback and distortion the band campily nods its head to the subculture that spawned Henry Rollins, Billy Idol and Iggy Pop. Beginning with the slurring shouts of "No Way Out" to the final scream of "Vampire Nation," the band plugs away and never looks back.

While the album is mild compared to Misfits and the Exploited, it still packs a kick and a shot of nostalgia.