Vicious Circle Review
A devastating onslaught of hardcore delivered perfectly by iconic Midwest punks
The out of bounds hardcore punk legends Zero Boys material on Vicious Circle once
again establishes the sheer magnificence of the second wave of punk music from the
mid 80’s and why they were chosen to open for Dead Kennedys and Minor Threat.
Whilst most punk music notably has its foundations set deep within the well-known
suburbs of L.A and D.C, Zero Boys Midwestern approach blissfully affirms how the punk scene rolls.
From the get go, Vicious Circle throws a barrage of fists in a swiping fury, as the opening
title track blasts out some intense thrashing guitars with in your face repetitive lyrics.
It is clear from the sound that many bands have been influenced by Zero Boys brilliant style,
with later punk outfits such as Black Flag and The Distillers having a similar sound and structure to their music.
As Vicious Circle continues, the pop like hooks combined with the furious thrashing instrumentals
continue to produce a beautifully delectable selection of punk tracks on an album which highlights
the high paced frantic aggression of punk within the title track as well as ‘Drug Free Youth’
which are complimented by slower paced more melodic songs like ‘Amphetamine Addiction and She Said Goodbye’.
With an album that covers everything musically that makes a successful punk record
as well as covering topics encircling positive living and then egative impacts of drug use,
it remains unbelievable that Zero Boys still remain somewhat of a forgotten punk rock gem.
Vicious Circle clearly oozes everything that makes punk undeniably attractive and as addictive and necessary as oxygen.
By: Matt Metcalfe