'68 - In Humor And Sadness (2014) I admit, I was afraid this will be another noiscore/crossover post-hardcore whatever album, but fortunately I was wrong. If you miss the raw energy and fury of the Bleach era Kurt Cobain, but you’re even more hardcore and garage punk oriented, it’s very possible that “In Humor And Sadness” might be your next very best friend. It’s neat, it’s wild, it’s in your face, still quite musical and hitting instantly, getting under your skin quickly and for good.
’68 was formed in 2013 by guitarist and vocalist Josh Scogin formerly of Norma Jean and The Chariot and drummer Michael McClellan. They released same year a self-released EP titled “Midnight” including two tracks: “Three is a Crowd” and “Third Time is a Charm”. The initial pressing of Midnight sold out in less than one day, and the indie label No Sleep Records re-released it with new artwork on April 1, 2014.
In May 2014, ’68 announced they signing to Good Fight Music and eOne Music for the release of their debut album, “In Humor and Sadness”, due to be released on July 8, 2014. To promote the album, ’68 released a pair of YouTube videos, which had to be played in unison in order to hear “Track Two: E”. Such a wild idea, isn’t it??! The song “Track One: R” was also available for online streaming ahead of the album’s release. (more…)


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Liars – Mess (2014) Dance-punk? In the good old days when punk (rock) actually meant something, I mean more then a dress code or a hair style, dance-punk would be an insult or a blasphemy, but those days are long gone and the whole idea was diluted and our perception distorted. There is no more ideology, no moral concepts and generally, no content, substance in the music – and arts – generally.
But Liars it’s a completely different story!
If their previous album, “WIXIW” released in 2012 was a clear move into the electronic/synthetic area of the music, while some critics consider it the “most accessible album to date” by the band. “Mess” bring the experiments and sounds of its predecessor right up to the dancefloor. So, this is dance-punk, but in a very good sense.
And maybe this is not the album of the year – although I love it throughout -, the almost title track of the record, “Mess On A Mission” it’s so far, the song, the anthem of the year. Once you heard it, you can not get rid of it and you will have to sing/scream along: “Facts are fact and fiction’s fiction… A mess on a mission, Mess on a mission!!” (more…)


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Massive - Full Throttle (2014) While AC/DC is about retirement, Australia seems to find – finally – their new rock’n'roll Gods. In a world of hybrid and alternative musics, a world of fakes and imitations, a world of consume and (tasteless) products, it’s both eccentric and refreshing to hear some good old fashioned guitar riffs and neat, but goddamn exciting rock’n'roll grooves, screams and pounding drums.
And this is what Massive it’s all about. High-octane, rock’n'roll flavored hard rock. A little bit of AC/DC, some powerful Led Zeppelin riffs, the energy of Guns’N'Roses with the true blood hard rock melodies of Darkness, and the result it’s explosive and deadly. “One by One” will raise the dead and it will ringing in your ears for days once it gets into your system. This is truly infectious! Maybe they didn’t re-invent the rock, but they do it right!
Probably since “Appetite for Destruction” we didn’t have something so ferocious and irresistible. So, ladies and gentlemen, let’s go to the motherf*ckin’ dancefloor!! (more…)


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(hed) p.e. - Evolution (2014) I had falling in love with (hed) p.e. a lifetime ago when drunk in a bar I heard for the first time their song “Bartender”. I write about that when they released in 2009 the killer album entitled “New World Orphans” and mention it again, one year later when they delivered “Truth Rising”, their eighth studio album.
Four years might feels like another lifetime, but Jared Gomes is back and he is furious, maybe even more determined then ever. Those wicked riffs, those dub and reggae flavored grooves and hardcore rooted intensity are always refreshing, although sometimes some of them are sound quite familiar.
Hed PE, also known as (hed) Planet Earth and stylized as (həd) p.e. was formed by Vocalist Jared Gomes, also known as “M.C.U.D.” (MC Underdog), and guitarist Wes Geer in 1994 and released the self-financed extended play, “Church of Realities” only one year later.
They signed with Jive Records, releasing their self-titled debut album in 1997. Unfortunately, due to the label’s contractual terms and the disappointing sales of the album, the band found themselves unable to repay the cash advances given to them by Jive. Gomes is quoted as saying “We had these romantic visions of the music industry, and we thought it would be cool to be a punk band on a rap label. So we fulfilled that dream, but it was also probably the worst thing that could have happened. We’ve had offers from Sony and others that we can’t take because we owe Jive so much money.” (more…)


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It’s official: Byzant At Sunset is back!

Personnel:

Attila “Ticke” Brushvox – Producer, piano, synthesizers, samplers, drum programming, editing, mixing, mastering.
Francesco Li Puma – Tenor saxophone.
Manuel Pineider – Guitars.
Rich Prewett – Guitars (to come!).

 


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Powerman 5000 - Builders Of The Future (2014) Straight forward industrial rock/metal in the very best tradition of White Zombie/Rob Zombie, Powerman 5000, finally, are back with the “Builders Of the Future”, their seventh studio album, the follow up of their 2009′s “Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere” and their truly wicked cover album of 2011 “Copies, Clones & Replicants”.
The “Hi Fi Sci Fi Electro Metal Robot Rockers” are the children, builders of the future and they seems to be determined to destroy everything and come back for more, do it all over again. Introducing a few new tricks and elements of modern sound, but devoted to their Zombie flavored industrial rock/metal sound, Powerman 5000 are doing what they always did the best: delivering a couple of catchy, banging, irresistible American industrial rock anthems. It’s not brain surgery, it’s entertainment. Quality entertainment. (more…)


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Dog Fashion Disco - Sweet Nothings (2014) Originally named Hug The Retard, Dog Fashion Disco was formed in 1995 by Todd Smith, Greg Combs, and John Ensminger in Rockville, Maryland. Tod, Greg and John were high school colleagues. Combining many different music styles from the 70′s psychedelic, through jazz to heavy metal and circus music, Dog Fashion Disco was categorized as avant-garde metal band being heavily influenced by Mike Patton’s Mr. Bungle. The band’s lyrical content is often highly esoteric and satirical, with constant tongue-in-cheek references to the occult, drug use, and other oddities.
Their first two albums were self released and low budget products. The first – “Erotic Massage” (1997) – was funded by a loan taken out by drummer John Ensminger. The second self-released album was titled “Experiments In Alchemy” and released in 1998. While the first album was (more…)


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Anti-Flag – A Document of Dissent (2014) “A Document Of Dissent” it’s a collection of 26 tracks spanning the best of the last 20 years (1993-2013), of the band who have partnered up once again with the FAT Wreck Chords for this release. So, if for some weird reason you missed any of the Anti-Flag’s eight studio albums, this is quiet a decent way to right that mistake. I have fall in love with Anti-Flag with their fabulous 2009′s album “The People or the Gun” and since then they are my reference point for still alive and kicking punk-rock, keeping the spirit of The Clash fresh and alive.
Forget about Green Day, this is the real thing!! And…. “you’ll gonna die for your government, die for your country…. that’s s*it!!”
While this seems to be a limited edition, it’s a good idea to pre-order it now.
Anti-Flag was formed in 1988 by singer/guitarist Justin Sane and drummer Pat Thetic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The band is famous for political activism mainly focusing on anti-war activism, anti-imperialism, class struggle, human rights, and various sociopolitical sentiments. Although I’m not a fan of the left-wing ideologies, Anti-Flag managed to get me. Ant that’s because their irresistible songs and simple, straight, honest messages. We have some things in common I guess. I’m still angry, old and poor. :lol: I’m only “guilty” for being born on the left (wrong?) side of the world…
They also known for their advocacy of progressive political action groups such as Greenpeace and Amnesty International and most recently, the band has declared solidarity with the global Occupy Together movement. (more…)


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Overkill - White Devil Armory (2014) Thrash metal veterans are back with their seventeenth studio album. 10 tracks (plus intro), 50 minutes, Bobby Ellsworth and his brothers in arms are delivering the same type of heavy and merciless metal as they do for more then 30 years. Probably they will never manage to write and record a better album than their 1989′s masterpiece “The Years of Decay”, but that won’t stop them from coming back and grind us all to the ground with the same intensity regularly. “White Devil Armory” it’s not better or worst then any other previous albums they delivered and fans will get one more time their dose of fury, strong riffs, psycho solos and the Bobby trademark screams. On the other hand, the album lack any brilliancy, any outstanding moments, it’s a fair, but still “just another” thrash metal album. Which is probably what exactly most of their fans expecting each and every time. Turn up the speakers, grab your air guitar, it’s axe grinding time!! (more…)


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Judas Priest - Redeemer Of Souls (2014) Judas Priest is back! This equally could be a good or a bad news. It is the 17th studio album by Priest since their formation in Birmingham, England in 1969, their first album since 2008′s “Nostradamus” and also their first without founding guitarist K.K. Downing, who left the band in 2011 and was quite successfully replaced by new guitarist Richie Faulkner. The album was released on 8 July 2014. As very first impression and generality, this is much better then “Nostradamus”, but this is still a very late 80′s flavored classic heavy metal album both as sound and style which might be a good news for their conservative old fans, but might be quite disappointing for those who always appreciated the creativity and capability of Priest to reinvent themselves and delivered always fresh and surprising albums till their quite controversial and in my humble opinion, pretty under-rated 1997′s album “Jugulator”. “Demolition” was their first alarming step-back and since then they only moved backwards.
“Halls of Valhalla” is possibly the strongest track of the album with a distinguished “Painkiller” flavor and it’s also probably the most “modern” song on this record. (more…)


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