Rigor Mortis The Conveyed Message LP

Heavy-sounding punk/metal crossovers combined with painful throat-cancer-type vocals. Tempo is kept down to a medium pace which compares them to English notables like EXPLOITED, MOTÖRHEAD, and UK SUBS. Some ear-catching riffs and choruses here, but nothing comes out and grabs you.

Ruggedy Annes Jagged Thoughts EP

The trouble with reviewing all-girl groups is that people tend to separate them as if their simple existence is an act of feminism. Yes, rock is male-dominated, but it’s not going to change by making a spectacle of these groups. This Canadian group makes no excuses, and delivers with an individual, uncompromised sound. Just about all of the songs have hard-edged rhythms and good playing. Excellent start.