Maximum RocknRoll (#305, October 2008)
This North Carolina band seems to have really come into its own in recent years. (Well, this record was recorded way back in 2005, but still…) They’re still rockin’ the groove-heavy epic melodi-crust From Ashes Rise sound, but it stands on it own. There’s a moment where things do start to fall apart, but it works for Kakistocracy better than it would work for most bands of this style. Three heavy and catchy crust-ified tunes with two chaps trading off on the vocal duties. The B-side track, “An Apology”, is the standout. Despite this straight-forward review, I’m diggin’ in.
Razorcake (#47, December 2008/January 2009)
It’s been a while since I listened to this band on their early EP “And So You Spill Your Children’s Blood” on Ponk 111 and the full length that was released a couple of years ago on Profane Existence. An easy and a common reference for this band is that they fall into the anarcho crust camp. But they also seem to have an underlying infusion of melody that makes the music operatic and epic while maintaining the energy of their metallic punk sound. Taking the standard and adding a bit of themselves into the music sets it above the generic. Three songs seem to be a tease but, in reality, is enough to get the dose without being overbearing. Listening to this release, I’m glad to hear that they continue to progress and get better from release to release. If you are looking around, it’s also co-released by Rust And Machine and Halo Of Flies.
Give Me Back (#5, summer 2009)
After releasing an LP on Profane Existence a few years back and returning from a European tour, I had not heard much from these mountain punks until a few months ago when they simultaneously released a split EP with Nux Vomica and this 7”. Kakistocracy comes from Asheville, North Carolina and you should be kicking yourself if you missed them on their past United States tour. This record to me sounds like early From Ashes Rise before they moved away from Tennessee. What that essentially means is that this is fast straightforward melodic crust that does not sound overly polished and produced. This record has it all, driving metallic parts, nice leads, and some parts that are absolutely crushing. The lyrics are no doubt political but written from a personal perspective including an adaptation of a poem from Weather Underground member Laura Whitehorn.