Review: MALADJUSTED – “Death Is The Only Relief”

This review is far from unbiased. I confess I’ve booked this band before so I can personally attest to their awesomeness. But biased or not this review will give light to one of the most promising up-and-coming punk acts in So Cal or anywhere.

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Review: BLEED THE PIGS – “Overcompensations for Misery”

After being exposed to Nashville, TN’s Bleed the Pigs’s debut EP Mortis Fatum I was intrigued by the promise this young band showed. While showing great potential they nonetheless fell short of expanding their
sound beyond the already aging Entombedcore sound pioneered by Nails and further popularized by a host of bands. However on their followup EP, Overcompensations for Misery they have smashed right thru the
glass ceiling and have, in my mind, established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the national punk/hardcore/powerviolence scene.

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Review: BODDICKER – “False Flag”

My attention was first alerted to the existence of Boddicker last fall when I was tasked with the responsibility of reviewing their split with Kata Sarka. I was immediately impressed with the unbridled fury Boddicker was able to contain in each of their songs so I was very much interested in reviewing their latest release, an EP entitled False Flag.

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JARHEAD FERTILIZER And PURGE. Debut Split Tracks

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Earlier this week, label Cricket Cemetery revealed teaser tracks and plans for a two-pronged assault between two of my favorite entries in the former Cryptic Passages column, Pittsburgh grinders Purge. and the Full Of Hell-affiliated Ocean City slashers Jarhead Fertilizer. To say the least, the devastating initial results show both groups have stepped up their game hard. From their sludgier origins, Jarhead Fertilizer have undergone a huge stylistic change for the better, embracing more grindiness, speed and rhythmic variety, while the solid Purge. are continually increasing the aggression and impact of their Discordance Axis meets Disembodied grind assault. Listen and decide for yourself with both teaser tracks streamable below via Cricket Cemetery’s bandcamp and an additional two tracks also streamable below as background music via a video tour promo detailing an upcoming mini-tour between the two which will span January 10th through the 12th. Follow Cricket Cemetery on Facebook here for further announcements.   Continue reading

Yes Way: WEEKEND NACHOS Streaming New Album

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The time is here: the long anticipated new album from Chicago-based powerviolence quartet Weekend Nachos is being streamed via SoundCloud thanks to good ol’ Relapse Records! Get some of this blisteringly heavy, beat-you-in-the-face hardcore for yourself after the jump!

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Review: HUMMINGBIRD OF DEATH/COLD WORLD Split LP

On this split LP, released by the legendary Deep Six Records, Boise fastcore band Hummingbird of Death join forces with Austrian thrashcore band Cold World. Interestingly enough this release marks the 25th anniversary for Cold World. Initially active from 88′-94′, Cold World reunited in 2008 and have returned to cranking out extreme jams for old fans and the uninitiated alike. While the long running Hummingbird of Death need no introduction to some but for those unfamiliar the roots of HOD lie in the spring of 2004 and after a demo, 2 EPs, 7 splits, and 2 LPs, Hummingbird of Death continue to lay waste to sore eardrums the world over with this split LP.

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Review: SEX PRISONER – “State Property”

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Powerviolence has always been an anomalous and challenging realm for me. Its multitude of songs, all brandished with unique titles, themes, and riffs and A.D.D. like assault require an almost encyclopedic type of memory and a keen ear to attention. For years, though, I mocked its brevity, consistently placing bands under the powerviolence monikers into a category I denominated as “if you missed the first ten minutes, you missed the whole show” as if length somehow meant quality. All in all, it was novelty. Enter Sex Prisoner. The Tucson, AZ group’s punishing brand of heavy hardcore embellished powerviolence was definitely one of the first to give me the set of ears to be able to appreciate the genre. Their TLAL debut EP gave to powerviolence’s blasts of fury a much needed sludged out metallic hardcore low end undercurrent. Spasticness was given focus and a genre overlooked was given a second chance. After three years, Sex Prisoner’s long awaited effort comes in the form of State Property, a ten track behemoth of an effort that integrates the brooding yet monotonous sledgehammer assault of their excellent debut with the finer touches and technical details of their latter ACxDC/Magnum Force split, crafting the group’s most cohesive and well-written release to date. Continue reading

23 Reasons To Play Grindcore: BUCKET FULL OF TEETH Discography Up For Free Download

Experimental powerviolence band Bucket Full of Teeth have put their entire output; EPs I, II, III, and LP IV, up for free/name your price download on their bandcamp. So now instead of scouring the internet for crap quality rips of their utterly revolutionary take on the powerviolence genre you can conveniently download high quality versions of all 4 of their releases in one place and since the band if offering it them free you can do so guilt-free.
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