Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Karoshi are a melodic crust band from Nashville. Their 7 inch is graced with mid-tempo melodic intros, gag/choke vocals coming from three vocalists, some screamo influence, d-beat trimmings and fast crusty riffs. Not unlike Ekkaia or Deathreat, though they are often compared to From Ashes Rise. Awesome album art, poetic and political lyrics with metaphors that aren't about broken hearts or blood, but rather being an artist in a city that could give two fucks. A powerhouse of crusty sound. A lot of you might not like it first time through, I was unsure, but after a few listens you'll be trying to scream along.

From what I hear the LP is going to blow this out of the water. Stoked.

I hope Geoff forgets I owe him seven bucks, but if he doesn't I'd like to thank him for the Warcry shirt...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

on the subject of the last Get Destroyed 7"

I said it was their last. Disregard that. Get stoked.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Nightgaun - Midnight Howls Demo

Another Arizona band. Thrashing punk in the vein of Gauze, Framtid and Bastard. Vocals shouted and echoing, bass louder than fuzzed out and a highly distorted guitar. This recording, however, has drums that break the d-beat formula and put them ahead of an ordinary raw punk band.

Three tracks, including a Crucifix cover. Just over five minutes. Raw as fuck. Photocopied inserts. SeanBxGone. Download it, it won't disappoint.

Friday, March 26, 2010

No Movement - Demo

See previous post. Not much different. A little more screamo this time around. Still brilliant, unique, powerful, fast and fierce. Definitely the best band to ever come out of Arizona.

Monday, March 22, 2010


No band can compare to No Movement. This is some of the most unique hardcore I've heard. Heavy, metallic riffs, screamo vocals, a harshness not unlike Cursed or Rorschach. Absolutely powerful from start to finish. Few know my love for this band aside from their drummer, Chadd, but they were absolutely insane live. This band had the power to demolish a building, yet somehow got shit turn outs most every time I saw them.

I hope they get together again for a final show or something. If I'm living in Seattle then like I plan I'll be flying out. No way I'm sleeping on this band again. You shouldn't either. Arizona has alot of killer bands around still, but we may not ever have another No Movement.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Icons of Filth - Not on Her Majesty's Service

Icons of Filth were part of the second wave of punk in England. An abrasive band not unlike their contemporaries as far as their anarchist message. However, I think one of the great travesties of punk history is that bands will get pigeon holed for their artwork and lyrical content rather than music. These guys would fit in far better musically with Heresy than Crass.

Listen for yourself:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Bad Vibe - Dark City Demo

Not sure what to say here. This is pretty much post-millennium hardcore. Good recordings, lot of metal riffs, Ceremony worship here and there, really great drums. It's excellent for what it is. Just not really what I'm into, but hey I gotta support Arizona bands.

Prosthetics - Bad Intentions streaming in full!

Not for download|Listen/Purchase

Prosthetics were my first experience with the Arizona hardcore scene a good four years ago. They were alot faster back then but not half as good. This is stoner punk executed perfectly. Metallic riffs, songs about cancer and pot. Like down tuned Annihilation Time.

The new version of Black And White is insanely good, but man Note To Self rips. Check it.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Manipulation - Demo 2009

Manipulation are a hardcore band from Chicago. They share members with Chronic Seizure, Civic Progress, and No Slogan and have the ex vocalist of one of my all time favorite bands Pedestrians. They're sorta disappointing for having such a killer line-up. Kinda D-beaty and the vocals are too fuzzed out for my liking. But hey, if they weren't a super star line up I'd probably not be so disappointed.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Gypsy Spit - Demo 2010

I've been somewhat aware of these guys, in name only, for a little while now, though I'd never listened. This morning I awoke to an email of one of the members with the 2010 demo attached. I downloaded it immediately and really really dug it.

Fast, somewhat chaotic, noisey, grind influenced hardcore. Endless Blockade comes to mind, though the vocals remind me alot of No Comment meets Hatred Surge.

Be on the lookout for these guys in the future. Good things are coming their way.

This reminds me: I do take requests if I like the music you're asking me to upload. If it's your band please attach at least on song so I know what I'm uploading.

Elders - Demo Cassette

ELDERS are a new band on the Phoenix scene, and they're fucking great.

Arizona Uber Alles.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Much Worse - Demo '09

Much Worse play fast 80's US styled hardcore with obvious Japanese influences. Fierce vocals, raging guitar and fast fucking drums. Reminds me of Jerry's Kids, Deep Wound and Gauze mixed.

The band just put out their first 7" on Pass Judgment in very limited numbers. There's also a copy of the 7" floating around on tape that I managed to get my hands on.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Scratch Acid - The Greatest Gift

You have this album. Or you damn well should. It's essential if you dig noise rock, and even if you don't.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Pedestrians - Discography

This is Chicago fucking hardcore. There's no mistaking it. Pedestrians play melodic mid tempo hardcore that's quite catchy. Sounds like Dez singing for Naked Raygun to me. Fucking insane. No idea if they're still playing shows. I really hope they are.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Repercussions - No Peace

Members of Cold Sweat, Sacred Shock, Pedestrians and Deathreat. This release delivers and is nothing short of the promises made by members' previous bands. Urgent crust tinged hardcore with a metal laced riff here and there. See, or rather listen, for yourself.