In a recent interview with Death By Stereo’s Efrem Schulz, the frontman was asked to highlight some contemporary punk rock bands in Orange County that are making some impressive noises, and the first name he came up with was Skullcrack. Little wonder — this lot has a S.O.D./Nuclear Assault/Municipal Waste hardcore/thrash crossover sound (and the sleeve art to match) — all rotting corpses and cartoony ultra-violence. The music is delicious; a high-energy boot in the face. The O.C. has a rich punk rock history, and the baton is in good hands. Nice and Cunts (two separate bands — hey, we don’t pick the names) also play on what will clearly be an intense night.

Skullcrack plays with Fartbarf, Nice and Cunts at 9 p.m. on Friday, January 31 at the Satellite

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