Dropkick Murphys – Signed and Sealed in Blood

Dropkick Murphys – Signed and Sealed in Blood
Born and Bred Records – DKM2-532420
“The boys are back and there’s gonna be trouble” is the guttural howl that invites you into the musical ballroom brawl of the latest from Dropkick Murphys. This kind of trouble you will like, as with their eighth release, the Beantown punksters have not mellowed a bit. If anything, they have become louder, rowdier, and bolder. The signature blend of Celtic instrumentation, incendiary guitars and potent vocal ejaculations take on an unbridled intensity while keeping the unruly fun aspect intact. The lyrics are in your face brash and often laced with humor – I defy you not to laugh at the hilarious albeit twisted words of “The Season’s Upon Us”. The band also pushes the songwriting envelope in all directions, so when you add that to the factor of placing more grit and fire into music that already has enough grit and fire to level half the bars in Southie, you know that Dropkick Murphys are at the top of their game. Their game may not quite be for everyone, but if you have not delved into this band yet and like to flat out rock but also respect talent in songwriting and musicianship, this is a perfect CD to give them a shot (with a bar back of Guinness that is). – MW



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