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Kid Dynamite

Kid Dynamite: Kid DynamiteKid Dynamite (1998)
Jade Tree Records

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Could Dan Yemin, of Lifetime fame, pull off another masterpiece? He pulled off two with Lifetime. With Kid Dynamite's first album, he pulled off another. Formed in 1998, Kid Dynamite consisted of Jason Shevchuk (vocals), Steve Ferrell (bass), Dave Wagenschutz (drums), and of course Yemin, displ.
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Could Dan Yemin, of Lifetime fame, pull off another masterpiece? He pulled off two with Lifetime. With Kid Dynamite's first album, he pulled off another.

Formed in 1998, Kid Dynamite consisted of Jason Shevchuk (vocals), Steve Ferrell (bass), Dave Wagenschutz (drums), and of course Yemin, displaying his excellent skills on guitar.

Jade Tree signed the band, and in 1998, the self titled was released. This work displayed Kid Dynamite as one of the leading hardcore acts in the scene. That title was well deserved, as Kid could do something that so many bands couldn't. What is that? Display nearly the same level of intensity on the stage as you do on the record.

The lyrics on this album are so angrily intense, but they are so amazing. You will not get the true meanings of this band unless you sit down and follow along with the booklet. I could imagine that Jason's voice must have been killing him after a while. Screaming hurts. Remember that kids.

Dan Yemin. What can I say? Yemin is one of the best hardcore guitarists I've ever heard in my life. The guy can play. I'll look forward to his future projects. Ferrell's bass work is very good also, as is Wagenschutz's drum work.

Kid Dynamite's lyrical topics are much varied. Ranging from the usual girls suck to the just all out rage anger, tales of lonely hardcore tales. Among other things, media deception is the setting for News At 11, one of my favorite tracks of album. Shevchuk just breaks in, the screaming begins, "This just in...another victim died tonight What's the score? What's the story?" It's gripping.

Each song, may it be a lyric, guitar riff, or what not, each song has a moment, small or large, something that just takes you back and shocks you to pieces each listen. Some of my other favorites on the album are Bookworm, The Ronald Miller Story, and Pacifier. Of course, that's just my opinion, and way aside from the main point this review is trying to prove.

Kid Dynamite's first album was, and always will be a masterpiece. It will influence hardcore bands down the line. Hell, it probably already has. If you loved Lifetime, you'll love this. Or, if you're just looking for a good hardcore listen, pick this up. You'll thank me.


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lew23 (July 27, 2011)

best song Table 19

arejaypunx (October 22, 2010)

a complete and utter classic. More hardcore of today should listen to what this band did so well, I think.

hamonrye (June 10, 2010)

love this record.

someone-yeah (November 9, 2008)

agreed, shiner rules

xshoutoutx (May 11, 2008)

i'm sick of every one looking over 'shiner'... hands down best KD song ever (score is for shiner and this band in fuckin general!)

spoon_of_grimbo (November 10, 2007)

got this album yesterday, fucking love it already, especially "bookworm," "table 19," and "never met the gooch."

looking at the jade tree website, it says this was recorded in september 1998, and released october 1998. what the hell happened to this kind of turnaround? nowadays, its fucking months between the announcement that recording is finished and the actual release for most albums!!!

LetTheDayBegin (September 23, 2007)

Bookworm is such a catchy song.

bytheslice (August 14, 2007)

A wonderful, memorable punk / hardcore record that set the bar extremely high for everyone else. Intelligent lyrics, high octane speed, and great songwriting make this record one of the most important of the 90's.

gloryhole100 (March 21, 2007)

it did take alittle while to sink in back when i first herd it but hands down one of the best hardcore albums ever recorded, also the fucking lyrics are really underrated on this album

hotwaterbrogden (April 14, 2006)

Absolutely-fucking-amazing. Takes a while to get used to but after 3 or 4 listens you will love it. Its in my top ten cds of all time. Listen.

Anonymous (February 25, 2006)

fuck this corporate bullshit!!! oi oi oi motherfuckers

cdogg (July 26, 2005)

Great album. My favorite track is "Never Met the Gooch" even though I think it's my least favorite song name on here.

thatswack (January 7, 2005)

Awesome album.

Anonymous (August 8, 2004)

wow two years ago was the last time anyone commented on this? damn. ah well my two cents go buy this cd right im not even shitting you.

Anonymous (December 18, 2002)

The singer of KD is now on a new band on Fat.

Anonymous (January 11, 2002)

best hardcore/punk band on earth!!!!
both cds are great but i think this one is a bit more melodic than shorter, faster, louder is. But in another hand, their second release is more powerful as it goes faster (??? )! hehehe

i even got the chance to meet dave, as i played with my band opening for a good riddance and death by stereo show, here in switzerland!

dave rocks! surely the craziest drummer around!

kid dynamite are just soooooooo good that it feels like having sex while listening to their great music!


Anonymous (November 8, 2001)

This CD is beast, as is shorter,faster,louder. Buy it now or you Pose!

Anonymous (November 8, 2001)

This CD is badical!!! Kid Dynamite fuckin rocked and it's a tragedy that they broke up. I don't think this should be compared to Lifetime, because they are different styles. Check this CD out and prepare to be rocked like a freshman girl on a Friday night.

ColdJuly (November 8, 2001)

They are good no doubt, but Lifetime..nuh uh can't compare to them at all.

huey (November 7, 2001)

I wish more cool openminded people like Fathead went to my school lol

Anonymous (November 7, 2001)

Good CD, I like Shorter, Faster, Louder better, that is the title if my memory serves me correctly. But these guys have some energy in there blood.
- SpUnKeR

sickboi (November 7, 2001)

Good review, great album.

PorkPie (November 7, 2001)

These guys were one of my favorites, and still are. Rock.

Anonymous (November 7, 2001)

The first track is worth the price of the CD alone. I'd like this band a lot more if they didn't so incredibly disappoint me when I saw them live, then break up two months later so as not to let me give them a second chance. Shite.



Anonymous (November 7, 2001)

damn good band. fuckin ROCK is all there is to say.- fathead

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