Review: The Melvins – Tres Cabrones

Review: The Melvins – Tres Cabrones
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The Melvins = Butthole Surfers + My War/In My Head–era Black Flag + Lysol-era Melvins … read more

Review: Power Trip – Manifest Decimation

Review: Power Trip – Manifest Decimation
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Lord have mercy, that Paolo Girardi artwork! That’s it, I could stop the review here. … read more

Review: Infectious Garage Disease – Self Titled

Review: Infectious Garage Disease – Self Titled
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Released in that pivotal time when longhairs started hitting the matinees and punx copped to liking Slayer (Hanneman RIP), IGD is as much Suicidal as it is Meatmen.  … read more

Review: Weekend Nachos – Still

Review: Weekend Nachos – Still
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John Hoffman’s vocal plasticity, which ranges from harrowing shrieks to guttural bellowing and intermittent grooving (“Yes Way” and “Broken Mirror”), compares to others of the ilk. Ultimately, though, the band plies their wares where the most bread gets buttered: punishing power violence with an occasional metal flourish. … read more

Review: TOY – Join the Dots

Review: TOY – Join the Dots
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London’s TOY have already kicked up a stir across the pond, getting themselves on a number of high-ranking “Best Of” lists with their 2012 self-titled debut. … read more

Review: Warbringer – IV: Empires Collapse

Review: Warbringer – IV: Empires Collapse
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Though Empires Collapse is certainly a capital “T” Thrash record, it also incorporate more doom, punk and even industrial influences than any previous record, as made evident on ominous pounders like “The Turning of the Gears” and “Leviathan.”  … read more

Review: Poison Idea – Kings of Punk [Reissue]

Review: Poison Idea – Kings of Punk [Reissue]
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  Southern Lord’s love affair with reissuing old PI records hasn’t let up, and (for once) this reviewer isn’t complaining.  Few hardcore bands deserve more praise than Poison Idea, and these loving reissues are a testament to that. … read more

Review: Rawhide – Murder One

Review: Rawhide – Murder One
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This is raucous death-flected RnR monster, which clutches at its NWOBHM and D-Beat influences with equal aplomb. The band’s a semi-mystery, with precious little information available online.  … read more

Reviews: Centuries – Taedium Vitae

Reviews: Centuries – Taedium Vitae
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Floridan Swedeath-ers play at misanthropy with latin song titles, stark imagery and the hum-drum casserole of D-beat, doom and crust topping most bearded blogger “best of” lists.  … read more

Review: Strike to Survive – Yesterday’s News

Review: Strike to Survive – Yesterday’s News
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Drums and guitar high in the mix with jagged vocals buried a little beneath makes for a compelling listen, sort of similar to Drive Like Jehu or maybe even the first Bronx album (check the Refused-via-Stooges riffing on the title track). … read more