D.O.A.: We Come In Peace

Album number 14 from the Canadian punks.

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Pioneers of hardcore punk, D.O.A. haven’t lost their lust for life or leftist politics. We Come In Peace is uncompromisingly pissed off with just about everything establishment-related, and while this is realised with varying degrees of success, there’s much to be enjoyed here.

Bring Out Your Dead rivals Monty Python’s Holy Grail in its battiness, yet this and hardcore shades elsewhere (see He’s Got A Gun) create a cut-throat impact. Had this head-kicking-in factor been sustained throughout, this record would have wielded a fiercely meaty punch.

As it is, the floppier notions of “changing” and “rearranging” of Lost Souls, and the flailing likes of We’re Bloodied But Unbowed (seriously, no band as ‘blarrghh-punk!’ as D.O.A. should attempt to enunciate that through song) lessen the impact. Still, in moments of pure aggression and vivacity, We Come In Peace makes a ball-grabbing statement.

Polly Glass
Features Editor, Classic Rock

Polly is features editor at Classic Rock magazine, where she writes and commissions regular pieces and longer reads (including new band coverage), and has interviewed rock's biggest and newest names. She also contributes to Louder, Prog and Metal Hammer and talks about songs on the 20 Minute Club podcast. Elsewhere she's had work published in The Musician, delicious. magazine (opens in new tab) and others, and written biographies for various album campaigns. In a previous life as a women's magazine junior she interviewed Tracey Emin and Lily James – and wangled Rival Sons into the arts pages. In her spare time she writes fiction and cooks.