Thursday, 23 November 2017

SOCIAL DISTORTION

















"sex, love and rock'n'roll"
Year:  2004
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  Kung Fu
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk         Rock'n'Roll


















"sex, love and rock 'n' roll" is the sixth album by californian punk rock band Social Distortion. It is their first studio album in eight years, since the release of "White Light, White Heat, White Trash" in 1996, the longest gap between Social Distortion's studio albums to date. The album was originally scheduled to be released in the fall of 2000, but was not yet completed, and it was officially released on September 28, 2004. A great deal of the album is a musical eulogy to former guitarist Dennis Danell, who died in 2000. The album's opening track, "Reach for the Sky", was released in late 2004 and became one of Social Distortion's biggest hits. Social Distortion could not release a follow-up to "White Light, White Heat, White Trash" partly because of their various other activities, most obviously those of frontman Mike Ness. He released two solo albums in 1999, one with original material ("Cheating at Solitaire") and one with song covers ("Under the Influences"). Due to his touring schedule with the band, "Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll" was set aside for a number of years before finally being completed in 2004. The song "Nickels and Dimes" is a play on hardcore punk band Minutemen masterpiece album "Double Nickels on the Dime".
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Friday, 17 November 2017

VOODOO GLOW SKULLS



















"firme"
Year:  1995
Country:  US
City:  Riverside, CA
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  16
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:       Ska        Hardcore



















Voodoo Glow Skulls is a californian ska punk band formed in 1988 in Riverside, by brothers Francisco, Eduardo and Jorge Casillas and their longtime friend Jerry O'Neill. Voodoo Glow Skulls first played at backyard parties and later at Spanky's Café in their hometown of Riverside, where they played shows with the named punk rock bands of their state. People and medias usually describe their style as "ska-core", cause their way to play ska is extremly fast and extremly distorted, which can to remind other bands such as: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones,  Against All Authority, The Suicide Machines or Primeval Soup, to mention just a few ones.
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Thursday, 16 November 2017

DMZ

















"demos / live"
Year:  1977
Country:  US
City:  Boston
Label:  Crypt
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Garage Rock


















DMZ was a first-wave american punk rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, strongly influenced by 1960s garage rock, psychedelic keyboards and classic rock'n'roll, with a crude, rude and noisy sound. Some people call them as first punk rock band, other as garage rock and other ones as simply and classic rock'n'roll. DMZ was active from 1976 to 1978, and come back to the scene in 2001 to 2003. They recorded an only one album in 1978 and some live recordings, demos and outakes, which were released with the pass of the years though different record labels. Notorious are their covers of bands as The Stooges, Iggy Pop or The Sonics to mention just a few ones. Highly recommended for those lovers of old sound.
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Monday, 13 November 2017

WORN IN RED





















"banshees"
Year:  2012
Country:  US
City:  Monticello, VA
Label:  No Idea
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Post Hardcore

















virginian post-hardcore outfit Worn in Red recently returned with a new full-length. Banshees, the act's second album, takes everything that worked on debut In the Offing and just, ya know…keeps doing that. Fans of Hot Water Music, Bridge & Tunnel and Young Livers should be down with the sound. Also, just to clarify how Fest-ish the band gets, they'll be at Fest 11, so bring your beard. Banshees is something of a spiritual cousin to Bridge and Tunnel's Rebuilding Year: The tunes bring the noise but also find time for some atmospheric noodling. Dig on fiery closer "Beethoven Knows." At some points, it's a straight ahead rocker, culminating in a desperate race to the finish. But it also packs in some neat guitar ambience throughout as well, making it one of several tunes on the record that sound almost deceptively simple. Mostly, though, Worn in Red sticks to the HWM playbook: Big throaty vocals, snarling guitars, plenty of moments that call for bodies piling on top of bodies in concert. This band is a little different, but not too different. Still, what distinguishes Worn in Red from the pack, in addition to the jammier sections, lies in the lyrics. The band has certain emo leanings, and they all come out in the words. Song after song is rife with questioning and doubt, yearning for change. Sometimes they disappear up their own ass ("Is it too late for something? / If that something is the only thing we know?"), but the underlying hope that pushes this search complements the rocking nicely. Worn in Red don't exactly reinvent post-hardcore here, but Banshees is still a solid record all the same. Here's yet another band to research for the Fest (*Review by Joe Pelone ).
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Sunday, 5 November 2017

SUM 41

















"underclass hero"
Year:  2007
Country:  Canada
City:  Ajax, Ontario
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD
Tracks:  15
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop  Punk















Sum 41 is a Canadian pop punk band from Ajax, Ontario. Originally called Kaspir, the band formed in 1996 and currently consists of lead vocalist / rhythm guitarist / keyboardist Deryck Whibley, lead guitarist / backing vocalist Dave Baksh, rhythm / lead guitarist / keyboardist / backing vocalist Tom Thacker, bassist / backing vocalist Jason McCaslin and drummer Frank Zummo. In 1999, Sum 41 signed an international record deal with Island Records and released its first EP, Half Hour of Power, in 2000. The band released its debut album, All Killer No Filler in 2001. The album achieved mainstream success with its first single, "Fat Lip", which reached number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and remains the band's most successful single to date. The album's following singles "In Too Deep" and "Motivation" also achieved commercial success. All Killer No Filler was certified Platinum in the United States, in Canada and in the United Kingdom. In 2002, the band released Does This Look Infected?, which was also a commercial and critical success. The singles "The Hell Song" and "Still Waiting" both charted highly on the modern rock charts. The band released its next album, Chuck, in 2004, led by singles "We're All to Blame" and "Pieces". The album proved successful, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 and sold five million copies worldwide. In 2007, the band released Underclass Hero, which was met with a mixed reception, but gained some commercial success, becoming the band's highest charting album to date. It was also the band's last album on Aquarius Records. The band released the album Screaming Bloody Murder, on Island Records in 2011 to a generally positive reception, though it fell short of its predecessors' commercial success. The band's sixth studio album, 13 Voices was released in 2016. Up to 2015, the band has sold 30 million albums worldwide.
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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

COCKNEY REJECTS



















"greatest hits vol. 1"
Year:  1980
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!



















This is the debut album of Cockney Rejects. Inspired by the critically reviled working-class rock of Sham 69, the Cockney Rejects helped give voice to the street rock subgenre tagged "Oi!", partly thanks to the group's 1980 song "Oi! Oi! Oi!" The Rejects' sound was loud, brash, and crudely performed, with an irreverent sense of humor, jokes, parodies and an inclination toward mindless anarchy that made them appealing to frustrated lower-class youth and the growing skinhead movement (left-wing and unfortunately... right-wing, despite the band has never writen lyrics aboout nationalism neither english identity). Cockney Rejects initial output was voluminous; their first two albums were both released in 1980 and jokingly titled "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" and "Greatest Hits Vol. 2". In 1981 they recorded a false live concert entitled "Greatest Hits, Vol. 3: Live & Loud", featuring false "live" versions of their best-known songs (actually recorded in a studio with a false audience), and "The power and the glory" still in 1981. This album found the group trying to broaden its approach, employing acoustic guitars, keyboards, piano and a more melodic orientation closer to new wave or pop music. "The wild ones" (1982) and "Quiet storm" (1984) marked a shift toward heavy metal; unsure of their direction and the group disbanded late 1984. Cockney Rejects reunited in 1990 for the album "Lethal", a new attempt to suggest heavy metal public which became in a complete fiasco and the group disbanded the same year. In 2000 was the turn of "back on the street", "out of the gutter" in 2002, "unforgiven" in 2007 and "east end babylon" in 2012, these four albums positively acclaimed by followers, public and medias. ~ Steve Huey
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"greatest hits vol. II"
Year:  1980
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  16
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!

















This is the second official album of the band released still in 1980. Despite the title, it is not a compilation at all, but just the second studio album which contains sixteen new songs in the same style as their debut: simple, basic, short and direct Oi! music with lyrics related to: jokes, parodies, sense of humor, football, working class pride, etc. It is usually considered better than their debut album because it's maybe better in all senses: technical level, quality sound, lyrics, etc.
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"the power and the glory"
Year:  1981
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  34 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:        Oi!




















This is the third studio album of the band, released in 1981 and it became softer, slower and more melodic and clean than their two predecessors. A little bit close to new wave or simple pop, but just a bit. There are even some kind of ballads such as: "It's over", "BYC" or "On the streets again", using instruments as acoustic guitars, keyboards, piano and also some kind of electronic effects and sounds, but still keeping their usual lyrical themes: sense of humor, parodies, jokes, football, working class pride, etc.
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"back on the street"
Year:  2000
Label:  Victory
Format:  CD
Tracks:  16
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!




















Actually this is a compilation or collection of sixteeen old songs made from 1979 to 1990, recorded again in a new studio, with new technicians, with a new sound and Cockney Rejects musicians, who had a true better technical level than their beggining. This abum was issued through three different labels and also different title: "back on the street" (Victory Records), "greatest hits vol.IV" (Rhythm Car Records) and "here they come again (Anagram Records). Typical lyrics related to: sense of humor, parodies, football, working class pride... but never about nationalism neither english identity. Sixteen old songs which here sound better, faster, louder, greater and powerful.
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"out of the gutter"
Year:  2002
Label:  CO
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!


















after three failure attempts of heavy metal and some periods of inactivity, Cockney Rejects fortunately come back to their roots. After two decades these "new" Cockney Rejects comes with this "out of the gutter" in 2002, their best work since 1981. Here the band finally come back to their roots of pure and simple Oi! music, with perhaps some touches of classic rock'n'roll, besides on guitars, riffs, vocals and chorus. Enough of low cost "heavy metal"... Cockney Rejects are come back!
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"unforgiven"
Year:  2007
Label:  G&R
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!







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"east end babylon"
Year:  2012
Label:  Cadiz
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!


 





















Perhaps it is not exagerate to say that this album is one of the best but the best of their entire musical career since their beggining in 1979. Elaborated and original songs, using keyboards, spoken words and chorus, with a very good technical level and excellent and clean sound production. It continues to be Oi! music, but more mature, with more details and well done. Lyrical themes are as always: parodies, sense of humor, football, working class pride... except "you country needs you" which actually is an universalist and internationalist manifesto against prejudices and wars.
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Friday, 29 September 2017

PRIMEVAL SOUP



















"to the great calamity of the inhabitants"
Year:  2017
Country:  UK
City:  Brighton
Label:  Pumpkin
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  42 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism, pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:        Prog Punk

















Formed from the ashes of Collective Responsibility in late 2009, Primeval Soup started jamming in a squat in Brighton, UK. After a brief period as a 4-piece the band shifted to a 3-piece. They played a handful of shows in early 2010 under various names but came to settle on Primeval Soup in early spring. Playing an energetic mix of punk, ska and progressive rock their first bunch of songs were a chaotic mix of these genres, which can to remind bands such as: CRASS, Conflict, Oi Polloi or Citizen Fish, to mention a few ones. In the spring of 2015 the band underwent a line-up change seeing Twiggy now solely doing vocals with Toby picking up the guitar, long time drummer Joe moving on to play with Kilnaboy in Wales and being replaced by Jim. This shuffle has continued to add to a more diverse sound and acceptance into the small non-corporate/free festival scene in the UK with regular appearances at Alchemy, Surplus, Dirty Weekend and many others. Tours accross northern Europe and regular jaunts to Holland and France have helped the band gain recognition outside of England. A new studio album called ‘To The Great Calamity Of The Inhabitants’ was recorded in the Summer of 2016 and is the first recording with the new line-up. It is due for digital release in October 2016 and vinyl and CD release in early 2017.
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Friday, 22 September 2017

GRINDCORE AGAINST TRUMP


















"grindcore against Trump"
Year:  2017
Country:  US
Label:  Posers Inc
Format:  cassette
Bands:  25
Tracks:  25
Time:  25 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Grindcore








 








"grind against Trump" is a compilation featuring 20 + grindcore, crust punk and powerviolence bands and the first release from Posers Inc. 70% of the proceeds from this compilation will be donated to SPLC to help combat hate groups across the country.
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