Widely credited as pioneers of melding hardcore punk with thrash metal, Houston, Texas' D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, if you're nasty) have trudged along for 30 years, seven studio albums, and an impressive amount of worldwide touring. More impressive is that the band's founding members—singer Kurt Brecht and guitarist Spike Cassidy—are still at it, especially when considering Cassidy's battle with, and subsequent recovery from, colon cancer. D.R.I. has returned no worse for wear, and continues to pummel audiences over the head with breakneck thrash opuses and the kind of first-wave punk-rock attitude that makes you wanna fill your face with holes and shave your head into a mohawk.
RYAN J. PRADO