Gaudy costumes, flamboyant theatrics, ridiculous stage names, and some pretty kick ass punk rock pretty much sums up Roctum in a nutshell.  They released their EP, Nothing To Do With Hell, via Inverse Records on April 25, 2017.

If Iggy Pop, Andrew WK, and the Insane Clown Posse started a band with the boys from Steel Panther, Nothing To Do With Hell, would more or less be the end result. From a purely musical perspective Roctum is quite a bit more technically capable than you typically would see from a noise punk band. Nothing To Do With Hell is short and sweet just three tracks   (“Mission Abort”,Nothing To Do With Hell”, and “We Want More”) of rampaging punk rock fury.  Despite its brevity, Nothing to Do With Hell is solid and let’s be honest, how many times have we purchased ten track albums with three good songs on it?  With this release, what you get are three pretty damn good tracks and no filler, so a big thank you goes to Roctum for that.

Long and short of it is,  even if you aren’t big into gimmicks or theatrics, there is actual substance underneath the silly costumes and Nothing To Do With Hell is why you can’t judge a book by its cover. So either lighten up, accept their weirdness (we are all a bit weird though aren’t we?), and enjoy some kick ass punk tunes, or close your eyes and imagine what you are listening to is performed by someone in a black t-shirt and blue jeans.  Whatever you decide to do, you’re in for some legit punk rock that will pique your interest

Tracklist
1. Mission Abort
2. Nothing To Do With Hell
3. We Want More

Lineup
Stunk Man (vocals) – Charismatic front man that leave no one cold
Zikk Brutal (guitar) – Unstoppable, energetic, blazing solos with storm and flames
Banana Boy (bass) – Genius that will leave no questions with his sharpshooting bass playing.
Ill Duce (guitar) – ?
The Beast (drums) – A wild beast. Beating the skins wildly. If someone sets him free it might be lethal

Check out Roctum here:
https://www.facebook.com/roctum/
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Written by Ken Kaizer for Bloodrock Media on May 6, 2017
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