Some of rock's most celebrated performers - AC/DC, The Ramones and Motorhead for instance - have a gameplan that they stick to for their entire careers - the only variation is the quality of that game.
And so it is with Rocket From The Crypt (RFTC) as they launch into Group Sounds with characteristic vitriol, guitars and brass. The album opens with Straight American Slave and right from the off, RFTC fans know they are in for a familiar ride.
After the disappointing RFTC that followed on from 1995's breakthrough Scream Dracula Scream, this album is a welcome return to the punk-rock form. Until Scream Dracula Scream, RFTC were prolific, releasing stuff all over the place. The work rate has since slowed and if it was to concentrate on quality rather than quantity then in Group Sounds the change in tactics has paid off.
Carne Voodoo, Heart Of A Rat, This Bad Check Is Gonna Stick and the mid-paced S.O.S. waste no time in lodging themselves in the 'tune-you-can't-get-out-of-your-head' part of the brain.
Group Sounds is a must for those who already play RFTC's game and a useful introduction for those looking for new sport.