Thursday, March 24, 2011

Review: Foxfires-Self Titled EP



I was sent the rough mixes for this record a few months back and it absolutely blew me away. This EP features seven blistering tracks that will be done before you even know it, as it clocks in at just under ten minutes. The band features members of Four Year Strong, Last Lights and Mountain Man, but you would never know it from the sound that they produce. Think 90's hardcore meets American Nightmare, The Suicide File and even Paint It Black. Also throw a little bit of just straight up hardcore and you've got Foxfires. I personally love the way the record was recorded, because vocals groove so well together with the guitars. The EP has been available for free download via their bandcamp page for a while now but it just recently saw physical release. It will be available on tape through Where It Ends Records and the band has self released the EP on seven inch which is available to purchase at the link below.

FFO: The Suicide File, Paint It Black, Straight Up Hardcore.

Rating: 4.5/5

Favorite Tracks: Life Inferno, Dogma, Resilience On The Side Of The Road

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Review: Troubled Coast- Letters

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Troubled Coast's newest album Letters combines elements of pop punk, post hardcore and tons of melody to create a very interesting sound that I find to work well. This album has parts ranging from Pop Punk, Melodic Hardcore and even elements that remind me of Verse and La Dispute. The lyrical content is written in poetic form along with much pasion in Mike Scornaienchi's vocal delivery. This album is riddled with many suprises from folky/ acoustic songs, heavy melodic hardcore, pop punk influenced and post hardcore influenced tunes that will get stuck in your head. The song Absent Father, Holy Ghost really stands out the most in the midst of all the songs for it starting off slow and somber then picking up and ending up in an acoustic ballad, yet it is the lyrics in the song that really stand out. I would recomend this to anyone who has been into the "Wave" movement of bands like: La Dispute, Touche Amore, Defeater, Make Do and Mend along with such acts like Verse, Killing the Dream. Honestly there is a stretch in there but I'm sure someone can find something they like within this album.

FFO: La Dispute, Verse, Make Do and Mend
Favorite Songs: XX/XY & Absent Father, Holy Ghost
Rating: 3.5/5
Download Here:http://www.mediafire.com/?9nr19tvq3gtud (Sent in by the band)
Buy it Here: http://www.troubledcoast.bigcartel.com/product/letters-cd

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

East Coast Tsunami Fest 2011 (Confirmed Lineup)


Confirmed lineup for this years East Coast Tsunami Fest in Reading, PA:
108
Animalhaus
Ashers
Blood For Blood
Bulldog Courage
CDC
Colin of Arabia
Combat Crisis
Common Enemy
Concrete Reality
Death Threat
Ensign
FOCUSEDxMINDS
Fist Fight PAHC
Foose
Get Railed
Hand's Tied
Hate Your Guts
Hazen Street
Incendiary
Last Call Brawl
Leftover Crack
Line of Scrimmage
Lionheart
Merauder
Mucky Pup
Murphy's Law
No Redeeming Social Value
Repressed
Shattered Realm
Shelter
Shutdown
Skarhead
Steel Nation
Stoked On Being Pumped
Such Gold
Sworn Enemy
The Last Stand
The Spudmonsters
Trial
Unlearn
Vision
Wisdom In Chains
xLooking Forwardx

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Review: Outrage- Love Under the Sun EP

In this day and age it’s hard for me to find bands with very introverted lyrics but when few come along I make sure to give them a listen. Outrage’s Love Under the Sun EP proves to be a prime example, thriving on a 90’s hardcore backbone much in the vein of Undertow, Unbroken and 108. The music and the vocals seem to collaborate and mix greatly and still make me bang my head to the amount of heaviness that each song has. The vocals are also something to note on going from harsh vocals to the occasional clean much like older 108. I also am a big fan of the lyrics which range from, “I felt my heart fall in love with the lust. Naive to my surroundings I was blinded by the idea of trust. Everyone creates just to destroy. “(Cover the Canvas) to much more Unbroken influenced prose such as, “drown in my love..With love I write. I write the end of you and me. I write the end of everything. I feel nothing i feel nothing I feel weak I fall to my knees” (Riverbed). I also am a big fan of the last two songs, Severed Wings and Open Wounds parts 1-2, which revolves around the theme of this EP which is the struggles of being in love. I would recommend this album for anyone that is a 90’s hardcore buff since these guys definitely pull of the style right.


FFO: Unbroken, Undertow, 108.
Rating: 5/5 (seriously this EP rules)
Favorite songs: Severed Wings and Open Wounds parts 1-2
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Review:Trap Them-Darker Handcraft


I've always been on the fence regarding Trap Them. I was a big fan of their first LP Sleepwell Deconstructor, but the recording unfortunately suffered from sounding somewhat muffled. Their next EP showed quite a bit of promise, but the LP that followed it, Seizures In Barren Praise, was somewhat unmemorable and didn't really stick with me. Darker Handcraft changes all that for me. The production on this record is an enormous step up from their previous output, although it is ironically helmed once again by Kurt Ballou, who has also worked with the band on all of their previous releases. Regardless, the extra time has most certainly paid off, as Trap Them grind/d-beat by way of hardcore stomp sounds more full and menacing then it ever has. The band also slows the tempo down quite a bit more on this release and shows that the band can truely excel at midpaced/slower tempo songs, like the crushing "Evictionaries" or the somewhat melodic (for trap them at least) "Drag The Wounds Eternal" .This is the record Trap Them were always meant to put out, potential fully realized. Highly Recommended.

5/5
Favorite Tracks:Slumcult & Gather, Evictionaries, Drag The Wounds Eternal

Stream the entire album on NPR's website now

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Out Crowd - Demo '11


Do you like late 70's - early 80's influenced hardcore? Are some of your favorite bands Black Flag, Bad Brains, and Minor Threat? If so, you NEED to listen to this band. Out Crowd is a new band out of Atlanta that just recently released a demo cassette through Ghetto Josh Records.

From the first few notes played in the intro, you know this is going to be a time warp back to the early 80's. Drop the heavy riffs, overly done mosh parts, and 'bro' attitude most bands have today; Out Crowd is a straight forward hardcore punk band. This band takes major influence from pioneers of the genre without feeling like a rip off. They're fast, they're angry, and they have something to say.

With all the look-alikes in hardcore nowadays, Out Crowd is a very much appreciated breath of fresh air. They're majorly influence by the greats, but still keep their own sound intact.

Rating: 3.5/5

Do yourself a favor and pick it up here.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

REVIEW: Not Sorry "Our Choices" EP


So as some of you might have known, I have relocated myself and my operations (Glory Kid Ltd, Burn Your Life Down) up to Seattle from Socali. So I figured I'd start off my reviews for this blog with something local. Adjusting to the different landscape and culture up here can be a process indeed. Musically Seattle is rich in pretty much every genre known to human kind, and hardcore is not an exception. But there seems to be an insurgence of late 80's revival up here in the past year or two. Not Sorry is definitely a front runner in this game. Out of the gates in 2009 with their debut EP entitled,"Moving On", they have made waves. Our Choices is their sophomore EP and they have most certainly gained momentum from the last installment. Off the bat, the recording quality has progressed. The sound is perfectly even and panned out. The record unfolds with an intro that has plenty of build up's and parts for kids to pick up change to, you know, in case it fell out. Immediately after, it rips right into "On Our Way". One thing you have to keep in mind with this record, especially if you are an individual like myself that does not venture into this style of core often. They are not attempting to reinvent the wheel, but they are perfecting their own perspective on it. A formula is definitely present, but there lies a difference. Countless groups of this caliber have tried and trued nothing more than mediocrity. Not Sorry displays five tracks in which you can hear enthusiasm and conviction. Lyrically matched, they hit certain topics that are refreshing. Besides the usual "backstabbing" and "broship" you read along with these titles, they touch on more social-political and environmental subjects. One of the major points that caught my attention about this record is the cover art. Crossed between contemporary woodcut and tattoo flash design, the artwork is an area of this record where it does not fall short. All together this is a great and well-rounded record, a promising follow up from their debut. I am really curious to see what they serve up next, an LP? We'll just have to wait and see. This EP was released on Aram's(Champion, Betrayed) record label, React! Records. Which showcases some of the better groups delivering this particular brand of core. Glad to see he is running a label again. I can recall some records in my collection from his first attempt(Anchor Records) which are still gems. Sidenote: If you are going to be attending this year's Rainfest located in the Seattle area, Not Sorry will be playing. Check them out, pick up their loot.

Not Sorry's Official Site
Not Sorry's Webstore
React! Records