Label: Rebel Alliance Recordings Release Date: 9th February Website: http://myspace.com/randomhand Where is the anger? I ask myself this question as the nation crumbles under the weight of its own plastic greed; it’s certainly not directed towards the politicians who have led the Country into economic meltdown or the lifestyle guru’s who told us to spend spend spend, forcing us to stroll into cash converters with a cardboard box full of junk looking for financial salvation. Punk despite spunking itself out into a series of garish caricatures and phantasmagorical fashion statements did at one stage channel the frustration that was felt by the people under Thatcher’s regime, particularly in The Clash’s self titled debut. Some of the songs from that album despite being recorded many moons ago still share some sentiment with issues today, such as ‘I'm So Bored with the USA’ (Brangelina? puh-lease!), ‘Career Opportunities’ (unemployment levels spiraling) and ‘Hate and War’ (racial tensions post 07/07/05). But we can’t keep looking backwards for our heroes and dwell in nostalgia, we must mobilize, move forwards and skank our troubles away. inhale/exhale is a relentless bastion of an album, a puss filled wart that sticks out of place on the numb hairy overly acupunctured back of a rather flat, passionless musical landscape. If you want a reference point, this record picks up the baton left by departed bands such as Capdown, NoComply, and Adequate Seven, operating in the more abrasive, metallic end of Ska infused punk that Choking Victim, Voodoo Glow Skull or Propagandhi have previously waded in. Here is an album from a band that has simply gone for it, spitting and snarling like a Jack Russell that thinks it’s a bad ass lion. Opener ‘Human’ is electro shock therapy for the ill prepared fey stooges like myself who tighly wear their self imposed musical seatbelts, unmitigatedly combusting the record soon gathers pace, by track three we are graced with the appearance of an orthodox ska bop with Robin Leitch’s trombone taking prominence before fusing again with ferocious metal, as Leitch and bassist Joe Tilston duel vocals. ‘British’ is arguably the most contentious song on inhale/exhale, the song directly addresses home town issues of national pride. "Standup for the anthem / Salute the flag / Respect the monarch or push it back". The band hail from Keighley, West Yorkshire; a town that in recent times has been inflicted with a rotten BNP leech A place that the poet John Cooper Clarke once referred to in a rather unflattering light "I'll tell you now and I'll tell you briefly, I don't never want to go to Keighley". The song observes the taking of sides, more or less acknowledging there may never be unity because of close-minded bigotry. Taken outside its context, the meaning of the song resonates when we take a step back and think about our divided world. ‘In’ is the monster of the record, a song which rides the lighting like a demented Sorcerer's Apprentice with some qualmish breakdowns almost deliberately designed with circle pits in mind. ‘For Roni’ is the bands very own ‘Bro Hymn’, and arguably the strongest song on the album with a superb soaring harmonic chorus. Unlike many recent releases from ‘punk’ bands a lot of thought has gone into the pacing of the album, it still holds the expected fervor and rawness despite its clever structure and cohesion. Lyrically the band attempts to explore the futility of provincial town life, beset with unemployment and the curious dampening of aspirations, issues which can also work on a macroeconomic level. There is none of the heavy handed sloganeering that has blighted recent records from bands like Anti-Flag or The King Blues. Fuse this with sharp dagger guitar riffs, breakneck abrasive shards of buzz, and you have one hell of an album, finally something that makes sense.   Rating: 8/10