This was the original cover for the The Prowl 7" on Painkiller. According to Cooch of PK, it couldn't be reproduced properly. Art by: Alex Ochs of The Strikers
You know how I promised last time that the next post would be the h100s thing? Well I'm a fucking liar. I don't have a scanner at work and I'm still figuring out how to host MP3 (I got some ill h100s shit to post) so it's taking a bit of time to get that shit done. In the meantime (yo, how sick in the Meanstreak song on "Only The Strong
" Comp? Actually, how sick is Victory # 1 to 5 ?
Incredibly fucking sick! Fuck Jay, CC and Cooch.), here is some of the standard blog filler fare: reviews and news.
For the first two reviews we turn to the world of Myspace. Apparently, it's good for more then just a place for mature acting kids to meet cool adults
; now bands have taken to posting their latest jams on there so kids can hear them and then not buy the CD or record when it comes out because now they're used to getting shit for free.Alexisonfire: Boiled FrogsAlexisonfire
have recently finished work on what will be their third record: "Crisis". And while I'm not going to pretend I've been into all of their stuff, I've always thought they produced some jams (White Devil on the last record being a prime example of a said "jam") but this new song is, straight-up, amazing. The thing that does it for me is the use of the three vocals. My biggest problem with the purveyors of this style (in addition to the grade 9 diary
style lyrics, the abysmal fashion
sense and haircuts
) has always been the fact that the vocals never seem to fit. Either the harsh vocal or the pretty vocal always seems out of place and totally unnecessary. And while Alexisonfire have never committed any of the fashion or lyrical crimes of the genre, they have been guilty a few times in the past of this vocal problems, in my opinion. On this new song, every vocal seems essential and thusly the whole things gels together. I seriously think this is my summer jam. The record is due out at the end of August.Cold World: Gods And Earths
I can remember the first time I heard... I mean, really heard "Cold World". I was with a friend who happened to have an advance copy of "Ice Grillz
". While I already had the first 7" and had seen them live, it wasn't til I heard this that I really got it. "Ice Grillz
" managed to be catchy and infectious while still being heavy. It also managed to walk the very, very thin line of having a rap
influence and not falling into the danger zone
. Having seen them a few time since then I have come to the conclusion that they are one of the most exciting and important bands of this era. With all this being said, there is no way this song could no live up to the hype I have placed on it. That is not to say that it is not a really good song, because it is. I have just put so much pressure on this song, it was down in the count to start with. In fact the more I listen to it the more insane it becomes. It has R&B vocals, a Japanese restaurant-like guitar part, an organ, weird backup vocal parts... actually fuck it, I take it back: this song is amazing. This is off of their up coming split with War Hungry
, then they will hopefully record an lp that will no doubt blow up and then you can brag to your friends about how you knew them way back when.
For the next two reviews we turn to two bands' that both have newly released CD anthologies. In both cases, they serve to collect all of their, now out of print
, vinyl releases that has proceeded their long delayed lps:Violent Minds: "ST" - CD (Parts Unknown Records)
The Violent Minds' CD collects the songs from both the "self-titled
" (My War
) and "Riot
" (Parts Unknown
) 7"s as well as the song "Hit List" from the "Town of Hardcore" comp 7". While I certainly have no complaint about the music (because, let's face, Violent Minds
have put out some fairly flawless records), I do have some complaints with the layout of the CD. First off, the pictures of the record covers in the booklet are pixelated. Secondly is the fair bit of revisionist history going on in the liner notes. Third is the fact that it says that Violent Minds is one set of dudes but then has photos of different bunch of dudes and, to top it off, none of any these dudes, with the exception of Zach, played on any of the songs on the CD
. All these complaints aside, if you don't have the records you need this shit... and even if you do, it's worth getting to have all of these songs in one place. Parts Unknown
is also now slated to be releasing the forever delayed "Eyes of Death"12" at the end of the summer followed by a second 12" shortly there after.
Here is one of the songs from the CD (originally on "Riot" 7") :Violent Minds - DNYRRazzle Dazzle: "Both" - CD (Lockin' Out Records)(this is 7" art not the CD art... and it's "blown up" so that is why it's pixelated)
On the Rzl Dzl you find the five tracks from the limited "Five" 5" (Broken Glass) as well as the five tracks from the "Demo Revisited 7" (Lockin' Out
). For those who haven't had the good fortune to hear this band, they are a, straight up, fun band. I have to be honest and say that I never really appreciated them until I got this CD. Hatched from the minds of Will and Haroun (who is in the current Violent Minds line-up), RZL DZL have one of the most unique vibes going. All the songs are really well written fast, moshy hardcore and the lyrics are bananas (songs about getting high, how awesome they are, etc.) with the requisite lifts of rap lyrics and, bare none, the best mosh calls ever. This makes me want to sellout and get lifted on some sess
to get in on the fun. The only sketchy thing about the whole thing is the rap/rock song... you can tell that they were going for a Beastie Boys
thing but it comes off more Sum 41
, but as bad as that sounds it actually is still kinda rad. As far as layout goes, it looks cool and sticks to the bands vibe but it could have done with a little more in the content department (would have loved a lyric sheet or an essay on why they are so into the number 5 or about the alien
they claim writes the songs... this is the shit we gotta know
) but it looks sick all the same. RZL DZL have been talking about their upcoming lp, "Simply Saucers
", for a while now. I have no idea if it is even recorded yet but I'll tell you one thing: that jam is going to blow the house down.
Here is one of the songs from the CD (originally on the "Five" 5"):Spice PacksNews You Can Use:This is a new feature...
-I heard the complete Mind Eraser's "Glacial Reign"
and it's a doozy (in the good way). It makes "Cave"
sound like a New Found Glory
record. Gone is a lot of the late 80's NYHC
vibe, replaced by a real early death metal
"Well I'll tell you one thing, its painful to listen to," vocalist Justine said when asked to describe the record, "bad vibe all around."
Record of the Year? In this fat motherfuckers's opinion: hell yes. If you haven't peeped the two mp3s up on the Painkiller
site, DO IT.Abuse ExcuseManhood
The record comes out on June 27th but probably won't be in stores/distros for a little while after but you can pick up at one of the shows on the Mind Eraser tour:
June 27, 2006 Allston, MA @ Regeneration Records w/ Look Back And Laugh, Army Of Jesus, Blank Stare
Weds 6/28 Albany, NY
Thurs 6/29 Pittsburgh, PA
Fri 6/30 Chicago, IL w/ Iron Lung
Sat 7/1 St Louis, MO
Sun 7/2 Minneapolis, MN w/ Iron Lung
Mon 7/3 somewhere between MN and WA
Tues 7/4 somewhere between MN and WA
Weds 7/5 Seattle, WA
Thurs 7/6 Portland, OR
Fri 7/7 San Francisco/Bay Area, CA
Sat 7/8 SoCal
Sun 7/9 San Diego, CA
Mon 7/10 Ventura, CA
Tues 7/11 Los Angeles, CA
Weds 7/12 Phoenix, AZ
Thurs 7/13 San Antonio, TX
Fri 7/14 Austin, TX
Sat 7/15 Mobile, AL
Sun 7/16 Nashville, TN
Mon 7/17 Richmond, VA
Tues 7/18 NJ/NYC
is playing out again. With the addition of a new bass player (Derek from Keep It Up
) and the fact Laxton is no longer in Dirty BS
, the Blight have started playing shows again and hopefully the long promised 12"ep is not too far behind (I have been told by the end of the summer). They are one of the best bands from this town. For those who don't know:
A true Goin' Down The Road
/ Midnight Cowboy
type vibe: a young man moves to the city, is frightened by people smoking and the big buildings and forms a band to vent about it. Country bumpkin
meets Negative Fx