D7Y – “D7Y” (2019)

d7yd7yThe Icelandic punk band D7Y recently followed up their 2018 six-song Demo with their first full-length, a collection of a dozen blistering d-beat rockets.  The self-titled album, available on black as well as translucent green vinyl and put out by Seattle’s Iron Lung Records, includes the  Demo material along with a sixer of new songs.  And with the longest of the bunch, “Örþrifaráð”, clocking in at a high octane 1:19, it’ll be over before you can say “damn that was fast”.

Definitely hardcore, you can also feel thrash influences on D7Y – it’s more metal than punk to my ears, but at the end of the day those are all just labels and not important. The songs are fast and hard, the vocals shouting at you accusingly.  They’re also tight – nothing sloppy, nothing wasted.  Everything feels 100% intentional, the band settling for nothing less then producing precisely what they intended.

Give it a listen and pick up your vinyl copy on Bandcamp HERE.

D7Y – “Demo” Cassette (2018)

d7ydemoD7Y is comprised of members of various punk bands from Iceland like Bömmer, Óreiða, BörnDauðyflin, and ROHT, a veritable who’s who in the hardcore scene.  The stated reason for forming D7Y was simply to put together a band that plays straight d-beat.  And listen to the drumming on any one of Demo‘s six tracks and you’ll hear that they accomplished that mission.

At a bit over six minutes long, Demo is a don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-it affair.  Fortunately the entire album repeats on both sides of the cassette, so you can hear the whole thing without flipping and you also don’t need to feel guilty about not rewinding it.  If I’m picking a favorite I’ll point you towards “Skotmörk”, but the entire thing is solid top-to-bottom.  The recording quality is excellent and there’s good separation of the vocals and music.

The entire thing is available to stream on Bandcamp HERE, though I don’t see anything there about ordering the cassette.