Wednesday, December 26, 2012

White Wash - "White Wash" 7"

White Wash might be the last band to play "mysterious guy hardcore", or at least the last band to play it well.  This 7" is a follow up to their 2010 debut cassette on the now defunct Home Invasion records (RIP :(((( ) I can't think of many bands to compare them to, other than fellow Winnipeg band Self-Interest and former label mates Slices, although they are way faster than either.  Some songs are rocking, others are fast, all are noisy and have really ugly grungy riffs carrying them.  Solid release.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Attack SS - "No Nukes EP!!"

It's hard to write something about bands like this, because while they're awesome it's difficult to avoid cliches like using "noise not music" or some other generic bullshit slogan.  I guess it's unavoidable, seeing as this ep is called "NO NUKES!! EP" and the band has an SS in their name.  Anyway, this band is from Japan and they're fucking sick.  Awesome vocal delivery, bouncy pogo punk style bass and the buzz saw guitar attack works really well, and creates a nice overall texture the the EP.  Attack SS has more melody than their contemporaries, but that isn't to say this is melodic at all.  A must for fans of D-Clone, GAI, Nerveskade and other spikey noise punk.  While you're at it check out the other new releases on Distort Reality, the Frenzy and Peroxide EPs are more of the same, but they're both fucking awesome.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Manic - "Manic" (2012)

I posted their demo earlier and in that post I promised a rip of this, and my friend John came through way faster than I expected.  Anyway this band sounds like the best parts of Koro, Pollution, Double Negative and Animosity-era Corrosion of Conformity thrown in a blender to me.  This record is explosive, fast, frantic, dark and noisy.  It opens with feedback, and a speedy, choppy, distorted riff that really sets the tone for this record, however the stand out track here is the closing track to the b-side "Leeches", where the guitar and bass lock perfectly together created a very tight song that somehow sounds like it's going to fall apart at the same time. 

This record may very well be my favorite thing this year.  It's insane how this has flown under the radar.  Not only is it really fucking good, it's also unique, and if I hear one more uninspired Hoax rip off band or another whack ass mid-tempo "oi influenced" band I'm gonna puke

NASA Space Universe - Tour 12" ("NSU")

NASA Space Universe are one of the best bands playing punk right now.  If you're not familiar with them they sound like Die Kreuzen having a panic attack.  Their music is very fast, bizarre, and choppy.  Everything is super tight, too.  This band is incredible.

I think they may still have copies of this record.  You can get in touch here.

Manic - "Demo" (2011)

Manic from Atlanta, Georgia live up to their name, playing demented and exuberantly fast hardcore punk.  The music is strange, fast and snotty.  They kinda remind me of Koro, or maybe Pollution, but they aren't all that similar to either.  All I know is that this is great, the guitar and bass tone are great, not completely blown out but noisy enough to be interesting. They apparently put out a 7" this year on Scavenger of Death that I will be posting once I have a rip of it.  This comes highly recommended.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Closet Case - "It Doesn't Get Better" (Demo 2012)

Living in Phoenix is weird, it seems like every few months there's a new local band composed of every one in the last local band, playing the same style music and just calling it something different.  Not to say that these bands aren't good but when a band comes out of left field it's awesome.  That's what Closet Case is.  A few people I've never seen before in my life backed up by the former guitarist of Distance and State Leech. They have unfortunately already been pigeon holed under the bullshit non existent genre that is "queer-core".  Although 3/4's of the band are gay, they represent far more than that.  

This demo is a bleak look at life through the eyes of someone who remains in the closet.  The music itself is fast, and reminiscent of Tear It Up or Cut The Shit, but with a lot more mosh parts.  It's really fucking promising and even better live, if you are brave enough to see them.

For physical copies of the demo email: closetcase (at) gmail (dot) com

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Shirtless Thugs - "Ripped You Off!"

Nearly four minutes of snot nosed and fucking stupid (in the best way possible) hardcore punk from the Salvation and Cult Maternal camps on an 8 dollar cassette.  Musically it's like a less inspired "Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes".  I guess you did get ripped off.  Ah-ha-ha-ha.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sickoids - "Sickoids" LP

Philadelphia's SICKOIDS are a straight up phenomenal band.  Taking influence from punk and hardcore across the spectrum their sound falls somewhere between "Kings Of Punk" era Poison Idea, "Land Speed" era Husker Du with some Italian hardcore style wildness thrown in for good measure.  This band sounds instantly classic and new simultaneously, which is a difficult thing to do with hardcore punk in 2012.  This LP has everything I like in a hardcore record, weirdness, speed, occasional stomping intros and gruff vocals.  This record is near flawless.  They also put on an incredible live show.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Merchandise - "Angels in the Station" CD R

I got this at Merchandise's show in Phoenix on Monday night, it's a CD R that features rehearsal and demo tracks from the last two LPs plus some exclusive material. It's pretty good, but it's not as good as the LP's or the cassettes that led up to them. Although, it's miles better than the lathe or that weird disco 7" they did.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

S.H.I.T. - Demo 2012

Toronto is seriously killing it this year, as always. S.H.I.T. are catchy, in-your-face, ruckus hardcore punk from the usual suspects from Urban Blight, Violent Future and others. From what I hear the demo was recorded by none other than the almighty Jonah Falco. Seriously, the riff to "Feeding Time" is already stuck in my head. Fuck this is good.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Salvation - "House of the Beating Hell"

Salvation's latest picks up right where "Mortality Interactions" left off. I hesitate to call it hardcore, but I don't know what else it is. It's just dark, unsettling music that takes influence from a wide variety of hardcore punk and black metal, creating something completely unique. This just sounds fucking evil.

Friday, March 16, 2012

C.R.A.S.H. - "A War On All Fronts"

Killed By Death style punk from members of No Age, Mika Miko, Nazti Skinz and more importantly Born Against, Universal Order of Armageddon and Wrangler Brutes. This shit is ugly, obnoxious, fast and fun. Sorta like Kill From the Heart era Dicks or HPP or something. Fuck it. Don't miss out.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Tempe SS - "Heroin Heaven Demo"/Avon Ladies - "Overlords Chambermaids" split Cassette

Tempe SS are truly ugly hardcore featuring Philly Mike Pinto. The vocals are snotty, gruff and in your face. Seriously one of the best front men I've ever seen. It opens with a raging cover of "Mad At The World" by YDI. On the B-Side of this tape you get a preview of the upcoming Avon Ladies 7" "Overlords Chambermaids".

Somewhere within the Tempe SS demo you will be given elaborate directions that I urge you to follow.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cülo/Tenement - Split

Two modern masters of their craft on one split 7". Each bringing something unique to the table. While each side has it's own distinctive feel that may clash with the other side at times this is not some split with a throw away side. Instead it's two incredibly solid bands doing what they're best at. This a split I can promise you will listen to both sides of.

The Cülo side is heavier and gruffer than their earlier material, while keeping their distinct sound. This is their best stuff yet. Truly menacing punk. Meanwhile Tenement play 90's garage tinged pop punk, like you've come to expect. I like this a little better than their most recent LP, but not by much. I don't really have much to say about them other than I think they're the best pop punk band going right now.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Divine Right - Pray For Me

Nasty hardcore from Chicago. This band's demo was solid, but this straight up blows it away. It's like Negative Approach meets Void. Pounding, mid tempo, riffy and noisy. I guess there's members of Loser Life too. Anyway, it's fucking good. Get down with it.

Violent Future - Demo 2012

Fucking killer stomping hardcore from Toronto (Surprise, surprise). Fans of Negative Approach, the first Agnostic Front 7" and the Abused will not be disappointed. The vocals sorta remind me of Sex Vid and fellow Toronto bangers Urban Blight. The music itself has a similar vibe to Urban Blight, but it's a little more complex, which is cool.

The demo can be ordered by emailing xricksmithx (at) hotmail (dot) com. 6.00 PPD Can, 6.50 USA, 9.00 World.

Don't miss out!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Walls - The Future is Wide Open

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The latest from WALLS, one of the greatest bands of the last four or five years, and without a doubt the best live band I've seen. I could say a lot about this record, but it speaks for itself.

Friday, January 13, 2012

NASA Space Universe - "Across the Wounded Glaxies"

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NASA Space Universe are fucking weird, falling somewhere in between the weirdest Mecht Mensch song, the Die Kreuzen self titled lp, and at times the faster side of the Gravity Records catalog. The lyrics are brilliantly worded nonsensical rants. This band is bizarre, ugly, and frantic. There's a tinge of Blinko level insanity here that wraps the whole package up nicely. Get this.