Saturday, April 30, 2011

Review:Seraphim-The Light In The Distance



Lets face it, to say that as the years have gone on the whole Neurosis/Isis/ETC style of "post-metal" music has been aped by hundreds of bands and to say that particular subgenre of music has become stale would be beating a dead horse at this point. It seems like no matter how many bands put out records like this, they always seem to boil down to pale imitations of the real thing. Seraphim has not only dispelled this preconception, they have raised the bar. After releasing a promising demo and 3 song 7 inch, they have released their incredible 8 song LP and the time and effort they spent on crafting this masterpiece definitely shows. Crushing heavier sections blend seamlessly into hypnotic psychedelic guitar riffs and breathtaking acoustic passages. It helps that they are backed by an amazing recording as well. Seraphim were always a very promising band but this LP finds a band coming into their own and proving that their songwriting chops are not something to be taken lightly. Fans of the aforementioned bands and the genre of metal in general would be doing a great disservice to themsleves if they don't check out and ultimately pick up this record. It won't be long before Seraphim is mentioned alongside bands like Baroness, Kylesa, Torche as heavyweights in the forefront of metal. I cannot recommend this album enough.

5/5
Favorite Songs:Frustrations,The Dust Filled Our Lungs, The Light In The Distance
Buy the record from A389 Records Here

Friday, April 29, 2011

Review: Pulling Teeth- Funerary



There is so much I can say about this album, from the amazing musicianship, to the recording quality, everything is as spot on as it could be. When I first got ahold of this album I was expecting some of what was done on their previous album Paranoid Delusions/ Paradise Illusions, but I was glady mistaken, for this album hits hard like Systems Overload era Integrity and Reign In Blood era Slayer mixed together in a beautiful and evil fusion. This album went far beyond my expectations of Pulling Teeth but then again the band has been doing that since the begining. This album exemplifies everything that is good within the Holy Terror element of hardcore and thensome. I would highly recomend this record to fans of heavier/ metalic hardcore but realistcally in my opinion everyone should listen to this album since I feel that Pulling Teeth have outdone themselves with this release.

Rating: 5/5 (And worth all of it)
Favorite Song: The New Dark Ages
Buy It Here: http://www.a389records.com/catalog/

Monday, April 18, 2011

Please Donate!


"On the evening of Thursday, April 14th 2011 the Buffalo hardcore community gathered at Mohawk Place to support Terror and Trapped Under Ice as they took the stage to play a show.

With plenty of pile-on's, stage-diving, sing-along's and an incredible vibe of unity and energy, the show got off to an awesome start.

However, what began as a good-old hardcore show ended in a tragic incident that has forever altered the life of one of Buffalo hardcore's very own members.

MIKE BIRD, regular show-goer, hardcore kid, and a member of the Buffalo Straight Edge community, was knocked to the ground by a stage-diver. Hitting his back and head on the concrete floor, Mike had to be rushed to the hospital via ambulance to be treated for his injuries. Unable to move his limbs, or feel any pain in his lower-body, Mike received emergency spinal surgery for his injuries.
The official diagnosis indicates that Mike broke the C5 and C6 vertebrae in his neck. With no feeling in his legs, it is unclear how soon 19-year old Mike will regain use of his lower body and be able to walk (or mosh) again.

Without the luxury of being able to afford his own health insurance coverage, this injury is crippling financially as well.
An ambulance ride, emergency room visit, sophisticated spinal surgery, X-Rays, physical therapy, and medication leaves Mike Bird with a medical bill that will most-likely amount to a six-figure sum. His lack of insurance and limited mobility will make paying this debt an impossible task.

The Buffalo hardcore community is banding together, pooling our collective resources and organizing benefit events to help offset Mike Bird's medical bills.

WE NEED YOUR HELP.

The community aspect of hardcore is something that transcends the boundaries of cities, crews, cliques, scenes, and sub-genres.
We are ALL hardcore kids; we're all cut from the same cloth.
We ALL go to shows, we ALL stage dive, and we have ALL had our share of mishaps.

It could have been any one of us in Mike Bird's shoes.
He just happened to draw the short straw that night and get knocked down.
But as we all know, when someone gets knocked down in hardcore, we PICK THEM BACK UP.

Several benefit events are being organized within the Buffalo scene as we speak.
I'm told that both Terror and Trapped Under Ice are both on-board for a special merch-run related to this incident.

We have set up a PayPal account for donations.
100% of the money donated to this PayPal will go DIRECTLY to Mike Bird's medical expenses.

If you have ANYTHING you can donate via PayPal, a quarter, a dollar, two dollars, please send donations via paypal to:
Sticktightbuffalostyle@gmail.com

NO donation is too small.
Mike Bird has NOTHING, so ANYTHING you can donate will add up.

If you have any questions about this fundraising effort, or want to help out and become involved, shoot me an e-mail at FrankNiemiec@yahoo.com


Thanks.
-Frank XXX"

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sound And Fury Fest (1st Announcement)


This year's Sound And Fury Fest is brought to you by Hellfish Family and it will take place on July 22, 23, and 24th at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, CA.

Agitator http://www.facebook.com/pages/AGITATOR/359275713528
Alpha & Omega http://www.facebook.com/alphaandomegahc
Band of Mercy http://www.facebook.com/pages/Band-of-Mercy-the-band/130053330369316
Between Earth and Sky http://www.facebook.com/pages/Between-Earth-Sky/193000417398047
Bitter End http://www.facebook.com/bitterend
Ceremony http://www.ceremonyhc.com/
Deafheaven http://www.facebook.com/deafheaven
Down To Nothing http://www.facebook.com/pages/Down-To-Nothing/308773265764
DYS http://www.facebook.com/DYSBoston
FocusedxMinds http://www.facebook.com/pages/FOCUSEDxMINDS/123695271020236
Hardside http://www.facebook.com/hardsidehardcore
Harvest http://www.facebook.com/harvesthc
Incendiary http://www.facebook.com/IncendiaryHC
Joyce Manor http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joyce-Manor/108045002560285
Maker http://www.facebook.com/MAKERMA
Nails http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nails/173545712686679
New Lows http://www.myspace.com/newlows
Power http://powernw.bandcamp.com/
Ringworm http://www.myspace.com/ringworm13
Rotting Out http://www.facebook.com/pages/ROTTING-OUT/283066926803
Sleepwalkers http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sleep-Walkers/111809545524708?sk=app_2405167945
Soul Search http://www.facebook.com/soulsearchca
Stick Together http://www.myspace.com/sticktogetherwb
Suicide File http://www.myspace.com/thesuicidefile
Take Offense http://www.facebook.com/pages/Take-Offense/128376430508185?ref=ts
Venia http://www.facebook.com/veniahc
Violation http://www.myspace.com/violationhc
War Hound http://www.stereokiller.com/WarHound
Purchase Tickets: http://hellfishfamily.com/soundandfury and for updated news follow Sound And Fury Fest.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Review: The Nasty "Murder Mask"


The Nasty have finally unleashed their newest masterpiece, that being their new EP "Murder Mask", that was released by  P.I.G Records. The band, hailing from Dover, NH headed into the studio and recorded these five blazing songs that appear on "Murder Mask", with Ryan Stack(Hammer Bros, Late Nite Wars, Villain, Watchfire) at Andrew Lane's Recording Studio in Haverhill, MA. "Murder Mask", the follow up to their debut record "The Graves", that was released in 2009 on Arrest Records. The only way to really describe this would be fast, girtty, thrashy punk mixed with all the elements of modern day hardcore. It has all sorts of elements thrown at you throughout the record, and even includes a small guest appearance from Barack, who sings for the Merrimack Valley hardcore band, Think Again. Even though does not appear on the recording, The Nasty has recently enlisted Josh Hynes(Drug Test, Hammer Bros), on guitar and have been playing shows non stop as of late. If you live in the New England area, make sure you come out to show and check The Nasty out. They will not disappoint and neither does "Murder Mask".

FFO: xFilesx, Outbreak, Thrashy Hardcore

Rating: 4/5

Favorite Tracks: 1623, Welcome To Fresno, Live Fake Die Fast

Weekend Nachos - Black Earth


I have to say I've been looking forward to this release since it was announced. When I heard A389 Recordings was going to be releasing a Weekend Nachos 7" I was stoked. One of my favorite labels releasing a record for one of my current favorite bands. Let me tell you, this 7" does not disappoint.

If you are familiar with the bands' catalog, you should know that not all of their releases sound the same. With their last release, Bleed, the band took on a bigger sludge influence, producing a 2 song EP clocking in at over 13 minutes. Black Earth is a return to their older sound, reminiscent of Unforgivable and Punish and Destroy. If you're NOT familiar with this band, think Infest meets Eyehategod with some seriously heavy mosh parts. That's the best way I can describe it.

At 4 tracks, this 7" clocks in at about 5.5 minutes, which is on par for the band. The only complaint I have, which isn't really even a complaint, is about the vocals. They're not bad by any means, they're just different from previous releases. I always liked the vocals on the previous releases, even if they did sound like The Cookie Monster was doing them. On this EP they're done in a more traditional hardcore style. Like I said, it's not really a complaint at all because they're still really great.

All in all this is an awesome EP, and if the upcoming full length is anything like this it could be top 10 material for me this year.

Rating: 4/5

You can pick up a copy here.