7.13.2018

VIOLENT OPPOSITION



















"utopia dystopia"
Year:  2018
Country:  US
City:  Oakland
Label:  none
Format:  digital
Tracks:  12
Time:  35 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Grindcore        Progressive

















five piece band from California, started in 2012 with the goal to make grindcore rich in many other influences from jazz to prog rock to math rock or punk. Lyrically the band writes also intelligent and complicated songs related to subjects such as: social issues, politics, critical thinking, community, positive reinforcement or personal emotions. If you like them or not, is a choice, and to recommend them or not, is also truly difficult to say. But the true is they make a big effort to be creative, original and different of the rest of grindcore bands. They recordings are avaible completly free in their Bandcamp and they work hard to record songs and more songs almost every month. According to the band: "our big source of inspiration are grindcore and Frank Zappa". Listen to them or not... this is your choice.
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7.04.2018

HOMICIDE



















"o que cerca esta morto"
Year:  2012
Country:  Brazil
City:  Sao Paulo
Label:  Kyrios
Format:  CD
Tracks:  18
Time:  20 min.
Lyrical themes:  social isssues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Grindcore














A new brutal force in grindcore has emerged from the land of guerrilla hardcore. São José, Santa Catarina, Brazil is the home to HOMICIDE, a three piece act of furious vengeance upon the ears of the unwary. With only a 4-way split cassette and a demo CD under their belts previously, "O Que O Cerca Está Morto" will be the first full-length release for HOMICIDE, and what an awesome account of this band's ability this is!! No joke, these guys fucking slay it.
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"ruir"
Year:  2017
Label:  Kyrios
Format:  CD
Tracks:  23
Time:  26 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Grindcore







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6.10.2018

HARD LEFT




















"we are hard left"
Year:  2015
Country:  US
City:  Oakland
Label:  Future perfect
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  20
Time:  37 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!



















I am not the most qualified reviewer when it comes to modern-day Oi! music. Yes, I am familiar with the genre in general - I still spin Cock Sparrer, Cockney Rejects, or Angelic Upstarts from time to time, and Red Alert is the one band that has never been deleted from any of my iPods - but for the most part, I’ve been largely dismissive of anything current. In the mid to late ‘90s - around the same time I sported a bomber jacket and a suedehead cut -I curated a series of mixtapes called I don’t know anything about punk or ska or Oi!, so, yeah, I’ve been claiming to not know anything about the genre for a long time. But it couldn’t be any truer today, as a quick audit of my music collection shows I dipped out on contemporary Oi! or street rock, as it were, sometime around The Dropkick Murphys’ Sing Loud, Sing Proud album in ’01. In the interest of full disclosure (and with all due respect to the late Bruce Roehrs, whose column in Maximum Rock’N’Roll was one of my favorites,) I find most present-day Oi! to be nauseating and imprudent. So with that being said, I’ll ignore my savant-like urge to list every skinhead band that has “broken” or “heroes” in their name (137) and plow forward the best I can here with hopes that it doesn’t result in a boot party on my cranium. Having existed in one form or another since the early ‘90s, the New York-based skins in Broken Heroes want to make one thing crystal clear: they are not a punk rock band - they are an Oi! band. Musically speaking, it’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect too: hard-driving and palatable street rock-n-roll, with gruff-throated lead vocals that show the wear of years spent smoking cigarettes and/or pouring back bourbon, and topped off with melodic gang-style sing-a-longs. The production value is on the cleaner side of things, allowing for some guitar intros and soloing reminiscent of Red London or The Oppressed - a comparison that would no-doubt infuriate the members the band, but isn’t any less accurate. I don’t really see myself listening to this many more times, but on the upside I am psyched to pull out my old Bruisers and Ducky Boys records. And with that, I shall now recommends you to listen to these veteran "hard mods" (*Review by Nathan G. O'Brien ).
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5.31.2018

LITHICS




















"mating surfaces"
Year:  2018
Country:  US
City:  Portland, OR
Label:  kill rock stars 
Format:  LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Post Punk




















Angles and rhythms aplenty from Portland's Lithics. Second album Mating Surfaces maintains momentum with fast riffs, mobile bass lines and tight drumming. Their rhythmic approach to the overlap between indie and punk is reminiscent of Dutch greats, The Ex. And if you know me that is certainly high praise. Since their inception, Lithics seemed destined to transcend the promise of their previous bands. Counting members of yesteryear punk powerhouses like Psychic Feline, Nucular Aminals, and We Quit among their ranks, the Portland four-piece’s evolution has been relatively quick, culminating in their 2016 debut Borrowed Floors, one tape, and an EP of “audio ephemera” that includes many early versions of the songs on their new album, Mating Surfaces. As a statement of artistic identity, Mating Surfaces is about as defiant as you can get without simply releasing a record full of roiling feedback and nothing else. And while its cornerstones sound somewhat familiar, the songs are nevertheless taut. Lithics delivers thoughtful dissertations on self-expression and a cultural divide growing ever wider (*Review by Ryan J. Prado ).
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5.16.2018

FUCKED AND BOUND



















"suffrage"
Year:  2018
Country:  US
City:  Seattle
Label:  Atomic action
Format:  LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  24 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore


















Born in a warehouse in South Lake Union, Fucked & Bound delivers Seattle hardcore thats built to spank thru. With their album "suffrage", the band slams forth thirteen songs in twenty-four minutes in an acid bath of pure sonic fury. Brickwalled and claustrophobic, these tracks seethe over feminism, anarchism, and the pitfalls of industry, to ask, what is the cost of good living? The Rudimentary Peni lurch of the closing track, “Abuse of Registry,” indicates that this band has more to say/write in the coming years and does not intend upon staying silent. Mungo further develops her style in this song, adding a crusty tinge that not only recalls Filth in their heyday, but also the singular vocal styling of Seattle’s own Skarp. The versatility found on this record is unlike most hardcore punk records in 2018. Rather than sticking to one style and becoming a genre band in an era where genre bands are succeeding at high levels, Fucked And Bound take stylistic chances within the d-beat and punk universe without sounding the least bit contrived. The overall aesthetic of the band is polemic, divisive, visceral and unapologetic. 2018 is begging for more bands like this. Remember when every asshat you knew said that fascist political atmospheres breed the best punk bands? Well, fuck that, cuz it’s escapist bullshit.
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OFF WITH THEIR HEADS



















"in desolation"
Year:  2010
Country:  US
City:  Minneapolis, MI
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock


















Minneapolis punk band Off with Their Heads began in 2003, taking their membership from area punk and hardcore institutions like Dillinger Four, Dear Landlord, Banner Pilot, and the Fake Boys, among others. Based around the depraved and hard-living themes of vocalist Ryan Young's songs, the band existed mostly in the form of an endless string of EP and split 7" releases for many years. Also focused on constant touring, Off with Their Heads maintained a revolving lineup so they could stay on the road more often. In 2007 they released All Things Move Toward Their End, a collection of highlights from the group's lengthy vinyl-only catalog. This compilation was followed in 2008 by their first proper full-length, From the Bottom, and the group self-released a video for the album's song "Fuck This, I'm Out." The band followed up in 2010 with In Desolation. By the time their third album, Home, was released in 2013, the band had finally solidified a permanent lineup, with Young on guitar and vocals, Robbie Stewartwood on bass, and Justin Francis on drums. This album entitled "in desolation" was and probably is still their best recording ~ Fred Thomas
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