"Punk is dead, long live Punk" has been the de facto motto of almost every important band of angry shouting bands since its inception. And in that vein The Domestics have released an album that comes across somewhere between an homage to their 80's hardcore heroes and a statement of intent; it plays as a challenge to their forefathers and contemporaries to step further in a similar way to Flats, OFF! and Iceage have done in recent memory. To put it in their own words, from their penultimate track on the album, 'Dedication', "You say you don't believe in class... Nowadays it don't matter one bit... You're full of shit."

They certainly don't shy away from their more incendiary side for the rest of the album. Lyricist and singer James drifts between introspective, storytelling and combative lyrics in as many minutes while the music flits between crashing power chords, military paced attacks (utilised perfectly on 'Faith And Hope') and lurching, borderline dissonant guitar lines.

This all adds up perfectly through the album, which only just breaks the 20 minute mark in its 14 songs.

In their best moments they bring together their inspirations and innovations perfectly and create some ungodly excellent noise. One of the strongest tracks on the album, 'I Want To be Feral', is one of these moments; James' snotty shout cuts across some tightly knit instrumental work to create something akin to a Rollins-esque shout-along chorus with a British accent and slightly more metal riffs. Again, in one of their three tracks to break the elusive 2 minute mark, 'Faith And Hope', they slow the pace and allow James' reverbed growl higher into the mix to fantastic effect while 'Pups' goes straight for the jugular with some brilliantly cynical lines and an erratic yet catchy structure.

The Domestics therefore appear to be in a fairly unique position; they're clearly well versed in their influences and history, as comes across in their music, but have created an album that succeeds in not only avoiding the trap of becoming an academic venture, it sounds relevant and progressive and, most importantly, has something to say.