Corruption is King

The Karmic Debt (Crustacean)

Texas Platters

Corruption is King

The Karmic Debt (Crustacean)

Sonically speaking, The Karmic Debt casts its lot with the first stone hurled. "Creeps Are Coming" is an ear-splitting, bottom-heavy sound-bomb capped with bloodcurdling, throat-shredding vocals. Corruption Is King's key delineating factor is the fundamentally pop structures that often gird their songs. Once you've weathered all the surface grit, it's easy to transpose the lyrics of Blink-182's "All the Small Things" into the verses. This is pop-punk restructured for violent civil unrest. Unfortunately, such an approach loses momentum with each subsequent carpet-bombing of the exact same territory. The one-two missed punches of "Dead in the Parking Lot" and "Call It" only weaken the shock-and-awe appeal of the Austin quartet's firepower. While "Lay Low" and "Cut Off" boast more engaging dynamics, The Karmic Debt avoids throttling beyond first gear more often than not. Overwhelming noise alone isn't enough to win the battle for hearts and minds.

**

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Matthew Logan Vasquez
Light'n Up (Record Review)

Elise Barbin, June 14, 2019

The Infinites
The Infinites
The Infinites (Record Review)

Rachel Rascoe, May 10, 2019

More by Greg Beets
Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
80 local picks from Molly Burch to Brownout

Dec. 28, 2018

Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
80 local picks from Molly Burch to Brownout

Dec. 28, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Corruption Is King

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle