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On Friday, June 10, come out to The Urban Lounge to give your aural senses a swift thrashing on all accounts. Prep your ears for the blackened atmospherics of Moon of Delirium and the rolling, uncontainable stomp of IX Zealot. The auditory assault launches at 10 p.m. with Beyond This Flesh, and $5 gets you in on the action. … read more

Love in a Lightbulb Factory: Fucked Up Goes to the Opera

Love in a Lightbulb Factory: Fucked Up Goes to the...
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Canadian hardcore stalwarts Fucked Up have just released a landmark album in their ten-year career: a true life rock opera. With a dizzying assortment of hardcore singles, three well received full lengths (one of which is a Polaris Music Prize winner), prominent slots on the indie festival circuit, and a newfound following of eye-rolling, slack-jawed hipsters who’ve just now accepted hardcore, Fucked Up has met incessant praise for their transcendent approach to punk rock. … 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

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

Reviews: Sweet Apple – The Golden Age of Glitter

Reviews: Sweet Apple – The Golden Age of Glitter
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J Mascis’ signature geetar-wailing paired with John Petkovic’s (Cobra Verde) trembly vocals results in a glistening, ’70s-esque powerpop juggernaut …  … read more

Reviews: Ranger – Knights of Darkness

Reviews: Ranger – Knights of Darkness
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Once that squealing twin lead intro gives way to the cranium-crunching chug on the title track, the landscape of Knights of Darkness comes into focus: NWOBHM fully re-imagined through the lens of teutonic thrash. … 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

Reviews: Havok – Unnatural Selection

Reviews: Havok – Unnatural Selection
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Havok’s rocked a cut above the feckless ‘80s imitators since day one, shamelessly copping chunks of top-tier bay area mayhem into their casserole, while freely adding their own ingredients. … read more

Review: Wartorn – Iconic Nightmare

Review: Wartorn – Iconic Nightmare
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Iconic Nightmare doesn’t fail to entertain, what with the leads in “No Sanctuary, No Salvation” and the barking crustoleum of “Permanent Blackout” and “Knee Deep in Blood,” but it’s certainly not leading the charge into territory that hasn’t already been exhaustively mined by the same label (Martyrdod? Wolfbrigade?).  … read more

Review: Witches Of God – Blood Of Others

Review: Witches Of God – Blood Of Others
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Lord, just try to write about one of these bands without a Sab comparison. You can’t!  … read more