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

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: Tweak Bird – Any Ol’ Way

Review: Tweak Bird – Any Ol’ Way
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Nope, “Tweak Bird” ain’t a euphemism for your meth-head uncle. It’s a duo of stoned Los Angeles–bred brothers making delicious, tuneful fuzz-rock. In fact, Any Ol’ Way has already been described as a vehicle for the brothers to advance their beliefs, which presently consist of “peace, marijuana, individual freedoms and not taking ourselves too seriously.” … read more

Review: La Armada – Self-Titled

Review: La Armada – Self-Titled
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Cynical Spanish punk with ice water in its veins and acid on its breath. Gringo friendly translations showcase some compelling ideas here (“in the man-vomiting society/the most severe scarcity is/ the inevitable counterpart of being devoured by the machine”) even if the “todo es caca” sentiment is age-old. … 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

Review: Honeyslide – Drippin/Deep Architecture

Review: Honeyslide – Drippin/Deep Architecture
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This double A-side bucks most retro-brain nu-gaze trends by not trying too hard to ape MBV, and just sort of arrives there nonchalantly. … read more

Local Review: Rule Of The Bone – Self-Titled

Local Review: Rule Of The Bone – Self-Titled
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Rule of the Bone Self-Titled Self-Released Street: 02.28 Rule of the Bone = Bon Scott–era AC/DC + BTO + Fu Manchu This is three brothers and a drummer who transplanted

Local Review: Filth Lords – Keep On Snarlin’

Local Review: Filth Lords – Keep On Snarlin’
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Filth Lords Keep On Snarlin’ Self-Released Street Date: 12.20.12 Filth Lords = Kid Dynamite + Police-era Fucked Up + Guilt Lust Keep On Snarlin’ is kinda ruddy. It buries the

Local Review: Deny Your Faith – End Of Days

Local Review: Deny Your Faith – End Of Days
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Deny Your Faith are Salt Lake local metalheads doing an earnest mix of Ozzfest style noodling and a dose of operatic ’80s power-metal. … read more

Review: Fucked Up – Year of the Dragon

Review: Fucked Up – Year of the Dragon
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Fucked Up Year of the Dragon Tank Crimes Street: 4.21.14 Fucked Up = Fucked Up Grandiosity, punk’s vilest anathema, has practically been Fucked Up’s lifeblood, separating them from their contemps