Power of Metal.dk Review

Smakk Valley
Style: Punk Rock
Release date: 22 February , 2013
Playing time: 45:43

Psychopunch from Västerås, Sweden started back in 1998 with members from various Punk, Death Metal and Dirty Rock 'n' roll bands. Fifteen years have passed and these guys have stayed true to the alarming and high speed punk rock that they've always played. Most of the tracks are under three minutes and I'm not sure if I'm the right person to judge if the genre is back or if it's hopelessly out of date.

To me this is straight forward, party rock 'n' roll with no extravagances. JM on vocals has a perfect grainy voice to this scream singing. In 'Sitting By the Railroad' it gets quite melodic and enjoyable with strong vocals and I start getting into a partying mood. If I should have a summer party outdoors with a lot of beer and alcohol, this disc should fit very well.

These guys are probably better on a live scene than in the studio. Full throttle rock (Backyard Babies, Hellacopters on speed) in contagious musical joy, which always is fun in small doses, but on a full length album I get bored and skips in the play list. No, I'm sorry, this isn't anything for me and mine thumbs are down.

If you are a fan of this sort of rock and loved the previous discs from Psychopunch, and then you'll most likely appreciate this one too!

JM - lead vocals and guitar
Joey - lead guitar and backing vocals
Jocke - drums
Lindell - bass and backing vocals

01. Back Of My Car
So Jaded
Last Night
Kick In The Head
Sitting By The Railroad
My Empty Head
All I Wanna Say
I Will Never Ever
Dead By Dawn
Smakk Valley Train
11. Emelie
12. Down On My Dreams
13. Everybody Wants An Answer
14. You're Totally Mistaken
Label: SPV/Steamhammer
Distribution: Playground Music (Scandinavia)
Artwork rating: 54/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 12 March, 2013
Website: www.psychopunch.com