Man, it's crazy to me to think about how influential Annihilation Time were... sure, there were plenty of bands before them that attempted to combine punk and 70s hard rock, but virtually no one did it better, and clearly there was something about Annihilation Time's sound and aesthetic that has proven so influential that at this point it is starting to coalesce into a genre. I mean, the aesthetic is pretty codified at this point... you definitely want some cartoon artwork, you want to prominently reference a specific set of influences (Blue Oyster Cult, Thin Lizzy, Kiss, Black Flag, Bl'ast, and, RKL), you probably want to wear a denim vest covered in patches, and you definitely want to play grooved-out Thin Lizzy / Sabbath / BOC riffs with punk velocity. I suppose that pointing out this formula may seem like I'm slighting Blasting Concept, but that's not really the case. Pulling off this style is incredibly difficult (and I've seen a handful of bands try it and fail miserably) because it requires an incredibly high level of musicianship, and if you like this style there aren't too many bands who are going to give you precisely what you want... the Shrine, Lecherous Gaze, Blasting Concept, and... anyone else out there? I mean, this has riffs for miles, it's explosively energetic, and is exactly what it purports to be. If that's what you want then you need to hear this record, plain and simple.