Review: Ringworm – Hammer of the Witch

Review: Ringworm – Hammer of the Witch
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At this point, Ringworm’s greatest testament is their longevity, having been steadily grinding away since ‘98, crafting a stream of excellent records while most of their contemps have opted for the quick cash of a reunion spot. … read more

Review: Pelvis Wrestlies – Make Up Face

Review: Pelvis Wrestlies – Make Up Face
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Reno’s Pelvis Wrestlies take their sound from a casserole of punk, pop and garage, their logo from the 80s WWF and their name from the bastardized moniker of an American icon—a winning recipe!  … read more

Review: Heartless – Certain Death

Review: Heartless – Certain Death
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Short, hateful and sublimely coated in a venom akin to straight hatred, Certain Death takes a “less is more” approach to affirming the chilling truth of that title: Everything is finite, living is dying and just by existing, we’re slowly ebbing our bodies into a slow and slimy decay. … read more

Reviews: Peacebreakers – Everyday Battle

Reviews: Peacebreakers – Everyday Battle
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Here are some Boston HC rippers who’ve finally committed these songs to wax. PBs get a pass for not monkeying the formula too much (ripsnorting HC punk with no filler) and for irking PC flag-wavers with songs like “Foreign Exchange.” Sonically? Negative Approach is the best reference point I can come up with … … read more

Review: The Men – Campfire Songs

Review: The Men – Campfire Songs
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Breathtaking and unique, it’s a bold (albeit softer) testament to the band’s staying power that should whet the appetites of noobs and longtime fans, stoking the fires of another phenomenal LP. … read more

Review: Mierdaster – La Furia

Review: Mierdaster – La Furia
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Four albums in, and this Chilean metal-core (more of the latter than the former) demolition unit have started to find their moshing feet. … read more

Reviews: Red Death – Demo 2014

Reviews: Red Death – Demo 2014
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This DC punk/thrash extravaganza features current/former members of Zoom, Intent, Protestor and Coke Bust. This demo takes gravelly cues from Discharge, the “bandana thrash” bands of the early millennium and even DC coremen of yore … … read more

Review: Take Offense – United States of Mind

Review: Take Offense – United States of Mind
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When Take Offense first started making waves beyond their native Chula Vista, the predominant buzz surrounding the band was a seamless integration of heavy metallic hardcore with a funky Venice thrash kick. On their second full-length, they continue in the same vein with some more of the metallic embellishments that have kept them a head above many of their contemporaries. … read more

Review: Skid Row – United World Rebellion: Chapter One

Review: Skid Row – United World Rebellion: Chapter One
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Simpleton historians cling to the idea that “hair metal” met its final death-blow the second “Teen Spirit” debuted on MTV, but they’d really only be half right. … read more

Review: Mos Generator – Electric Mountain Majesty

Review: Mos Generator – Electric Mountain Majesty
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This is a heavy-duty power trio taking a distinctly ’70s boogie route (the “Rocky Mountain Way?”) into newer doom territories. … read more