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January 1, 1996

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When two ex-Lifetime members found vocalist Jason Shevchuck (who had done time in groove-metallers Bound), it was like the missing piece of the Kid Dynamite puzzle. Quickly, the band became not only Philadelphia hometown heroes but the talk of the melodic hardcore world. When Shevchuck announced he was leaving the band to pursue film school after a few lightning-fast years, it came as a shock to many (most notably the other members of the band). Now with guitarist Dan Yemin doing Paint It Black and Shevchuck's own Black band (what's with that?), None More Black, releasing their long-awaited debut, the time could not have been better for a Kid Dynamite retrospect CD (and bonus sneak peek at an upcoming DVD history). Running through some classic tracks, cover songs, unreleased demos and live radio show songs, Cheap Shots, Youth Anthems has more Kid Dynamite than you can shake two drumsticks at. The classics and covers are amazing, shred-happy melodic hardcore of the highest variety, and the demos and live songs from the radio, well, you know... fans will be happy. The bonus DVD included in this package is a bit disappointing in that it's just a tease for a longer DVD on the horizon, but overall this package is a must-have for anyone who ever cared about Kid Dynamite, or is the least bit curious about the ongoing swirl of hype surrounding them.

Flex your head

Jason Schreurs