Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Review-Unlearn- Self Titled

On Unlearn's debut 7 inch Extinction they serve up 5 tracks of solid metal influenced hardcore with a heavy 90's influence. While nobody is going to get an award for originality here, thats not really necessary when you have the killer riffs, scathing vocals and solid songwriting presented on this record. Another highlight here are the lyrics that the band so kindly sent in with the record to review. Here are the lyrics from my favorite track on the record "Everyday America"

"It's all a joke, a fun house mirror image. Fat and bloated, twisted and broken.
A nation of children, lazy, complacent and content to suffer.
No Flags. No Wars. No Resistance. Not on your life.
A parody, a fucking blight. Dead weight to the world.
You lie in a bed of ash. Your time will come. You lie in a bed of ash and your world will burn."

As a big fan of lyrics that get straight to the point, I was a big fan of the content within. This is an extremely promising debut 7 inch from a band that is hopefully just getting started, and fans of metallic hardcore would do good to check out the streaming songs below.

Favorite Tracks:Everyday America

Stream 2 songs from the record on Stereokiller.com
Preorder the record at RDGrecords here

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Interview: Domenic Romeo (A389/Pulling Teeth)

First off, can you give our readers a brief introduction on who you are and what you represent. 
My name is Domenic, I can be found spread thin between my family, a record label called A389 Recordings and various bands/recording projects.  Most notably Pulling Teeth and Hatewaves.  

How were you introduced to Hardcore/Punk, and what was the first show you attended?
First show I attended was Iron Maiden/Anthrax in like 1990 when I was in 7th grade.  I was into crossover bands like Suicidal or DRI that had videos on the Power Hour, but I didn't go to a real hardcore show until like 1995 or so when I saw Madball for the first time.  Set It Off era when Matt Henderson was still in the band.   It definitely made a lasting impression.

As a listener/fan, what drew you toward darker hardcore (Integrity, Left For Dead, etc.)?
I'd attribute it to growing up as a metalhead and a horror fanatic, I was always drawn to darker things I guess.  I wouldn't call LFD a dark band tho.  They fall under my #1 criteria for hardcore bands which is being a legitimately angry band, and having it transpire through the music.  Bands like them, Haymaker, Despise You, Gehenna, all make my blood boil when I listen to them.  It's a feeling I think is lacking in a lot of bands these days.  There are a few bands that can still hit it though, like Low Places.  When I heard the new 12" I felt like a giant hand came out of the speakers and smacked me in the head.

Anyways cross that anger with dark riffs and you open the door to bands like Integrity, Ringworm etc, which is the recipe for my favorite style of hardcore. Dark hardcore.  Whatever you want to call it.

What was the reasoning for the move to the United States, and how do you feel the move changed you not only as a person but as a musician?
I came here to fill in for a tour with Comin Correct in like 2001.  My old band back home (Day Of Mourning) broke up the week before a full US tour, and I was determined to find another avenue to do it  Rick Ta Life emailed me at the perfect time.   It was there I met dudes that I would end up starting Slumlords and Pulling Teeth with and we travelled all over the US and Europe.   It was a lot of fun.

How did you become involved with the Slumlords, and how do you feel about that project?
We started that band because there were no bands playing straight-forward fun NYHC at the time other than your mainstays such as Murphy's Law or NRSV.   The whole Slumlords experience was perfect, from the shows to the bands recorded output.  I don't think it's something that can ever be recaptured, tho.  We played a couple shows years ago and the feeling wasn't the same.  A slice in time.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Review: Kicked In- In Session

Kicked In from Kansas City, Missouri bring in 6 new songs of Youth Crew much in vein of The Rival Mob, Mental, Rampage, Jaguarz, Stop and Think and lastly Crunch Time. In Session has enough of the grove of all those bands combined to make this EP a must have for any major Lockin’ Out head out there or anyone who just likes top notch youth crew bands. The fact that Kicked In are an Edge band also gives them more points in my book due to the fact that many of the bands that back the Edge are playing on riffs that Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today and Judge have been using since the late 80’s but Kicked In bring in a new style to the table by adding all that with the aforementioned Loc bands to make a sound that you’ll be wanting to mosh all day. Honestly, when I first heard all of the songs, I knew that this EP would become one of my favorites of the year. I’m expecting big things to come of this band in the future.

Rating: 5/5
Favorite Songs: Bitter Visions and What’s Right?
Coming Soon To: http://thickskinrecords.limitedpressing.com

Friday, June 10, 2011

Review: Weekend Nachos - Worthless

There’s a certain amount of respect that should be given to a band that embraces the way things are, and releases their own album for free download. I’m not talking about a demo or an out of print EP, but a full length LP. And to top that off, it was released for download BEFORE you could even purchase it. This is just another reason I love Weekend Nachos. Now onto the actual music.
Holy shit. That’s my initial response in listening to this record. After some feedback (in true Weekend Nachos fashion) the album kicks into high gear with Hometown Hero. The best way to describe this record is a mix of their old, faster stuff (Punish and Destroy) and their newer, heavier sound(Unforgivable.) The end result is a perfect combination that should appease fans of both eras of the band. These songs have some of the fastest parts, and some of the heaviest parts the band has ever written. Sometimes even in the same song.
If you had the chance to check out the Black Earth EP a few months back, two of those same songs make it onto this LP. If you were into those songs (as you damn well should have been) then you’ll eat up this LP. If you weren’t into those songs, I’m going to assume you don’t like good music.
This record will definitely make my top 10 list for 2011. Check it out NOW.
Pick up a copy of the LP HERE

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Review-Xibalba-Self Titled LP


For those who have been slacking on checking out one of the heavier hardcore bands to come around in recent years, now is your chance: This self titled LP includes Xibalba's "Madre Mia Gracias Por Los Dias" album as well as the 4 tracks from their 3 way split with Ruckus and World Of Pain. Imagine Disembodied covering Obituary and you get a good idea of the crushing heavy hardcore these 12 tracks provide. The remastered Madre tracks sound better then ever, and the 4 tracks from the 3 way split (also remastered) contain my favorite Xibalba material thus far. Now that Disembodied has again called it quits and there is no hope for a new album from them, it's great to see newer bands carrying the torch for this sadly underplayed style of hardcore/metal.

Favourite Tracks:Time's Up, Spanish Harlem

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Review: The Love Below/ Homewrecker Split

The Love Below/ Homewrecker split, is the next onslaught release to come out from the powerhouse label that is A389 records. I may be a bit biased since I am a big fan of everything both bands have done so far and have been looking forward to new material from either for a while. I’ll start off with the Love Bellow’s half of the split first, which shows the band heading into a darker and more sludgy sound which fits them well since I feel that these are they heaviest songs that they have put out thus far. Sounding more so like Cursed mixed with Rot in Hell and the previous Love Below efforts these 3 tracks have me wishing that it their LP would come out sooner. Uncomfortable is the stand out track for me in which it shows the band slowing down from their usual fast paced songs while High Friends in Low Places seems to show the band still can crank out 45 seconds of destructive rage. The Homewrecker side of the EP features 2 songs from the band’s Internal Morgue EP which I feel is one of the best EP’s to come out recently. The song Cemetary Man seems as though it could have been written by Integrity at some parts which I love, also the lyrics are something to note such as “I am the ill fated liberator, deliverer of pain”. The song Internal Morgue is one of my favorites from the band for being the heaviest and for featuring Weekend Nachos front man John of whom brings the track to the next level. All in all this split makes me wait for whatever else these bands will put out.

Rating: 10/10 (these tracks are too good)
Favorite Songs: Uncomfortable (Love Below), Cemetary Man (Homewrecker)
Get it Here: http://www.a389records.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=1402

Review:Withdrawal-Faith, Flesh And Blood


I was extremely stoked to get to review this release, being a big fan of Withdrawal's last release "Unknown Misery" and their brand of heavy hardcore not unlike All Out War, Integrity and Ringworm. The new material featured on this EP is far and wide the band's best and fiercest output to date, featuring 4 (3 on the vinyl, 1 extra track on the digital copy) tracks of scathing metallic hardcore. Memorable and crushing riffs are everywhere the be found on this record, playing with an energy and urgency most newer bands aping this style could only dream of achieving. With this 7 Inch/EP, Withdrawal are bound to gather much well deserved attention. Fans of metallic hardcore and especially the heyday of 90's era metalcore take note:this isn't something you are going to want to miss.

Favorite Track:Blood Law
Purchase at A389 Recordings