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Modern Feminist punk trailblazers War On Women are one of the most important acts in the scene right now, especially in the hateful age of Trump. The rise of rape culture on the Warped Tour from some scene bands was a frightening trend and destructive on so many levels, so it is excellent to see the tour booking a band that stands in such firm opposition to that kind of behavior.

Some other great bands this year include Beartooth, Candiria and Barbed Wire Dolls.

War On Women commented:

 “Playing all 40 dates of this year’s Warped Tour is a great opportunity for us as a band to use our privilege for something positive. We don’t have to deal with the day-to-day struggles that many people of color, LGBTQIA folks, people with disabilities, or undocumented people have to face just to exist, so we feel like we’re in a unique position to infiltrate what could be a hostile environment, and ensure that women’s voices are heard, from an intersectional feminist perspective. Safer space/DIY/art space shows can be transforming and life-affirming, even vital to people’s survival, but we’ve always believed that we have the ability to take on the unsafe spaces, and we hope that our involvement can lead to a more victim-centered, and overall welcoming, environment for all.”

 

Check out War On Women on tour all summer long on Warped Tour, and buy advance tickets to the tour here as well as to the “Creating Safer Spaces: You Have the Power to Shape Your Scene” workshop here.
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Eternal Sleep release “Red Herring”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 4:57 PM (PST)

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Pittsburgh hardcore punks Eternal Sleep have released their newest song “Red Herring”.

“Red Herring” comes off of the upcoming album The Emptiness Of… which will be released on May 20 via Closed Casket Activities.

Check out “Red Herring” here.

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Comic Book Review: Black Canary Vol. 1: Kicking And Screaming

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 3:58 PM (PST)

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DC sadly dropped the ball on the bloated BVS so fucking hard (Deadpool and Ant Man both blew it awayyyyy in terms of quality and are both  initially lower profile non team movies from other studios) but one thing that they are currently behind which rocks is the new Black Canary series helmed by Brenden Fletcher. Not since Dazzler’s days of fronting a band in the pages of X-Men has there been such a fun blend of pop art and punk rock in a comic book (unless you count the Brody Dalle inspired lead character of American Dark Age).

Black Canary is now a punk rock/new wave band who sort of sound like The Sounds or White Lung mish mashed with Missing Persons. Yes, I said sound like because in an awesome viral move the band have an EP out on Bandcamp! In a world where we can have Gorillaz, why not? “Fish Out Of Water” is actually a pretty fuckin’ great song! I wonder who the real performers are? Kudos on this great idea, a way better reinvention of a character than making Lex Luthor a sad Riddler rip off wuss.

Is the comic good? Well, the Vol. 1 Kicking and Screaming trade is plenty fun. It is campy but still has some depth, albeit a bit of the male fantasy side that usually happens when super hero blondes front rock bands in comic books. Black Canary’s Dinah Lance in this current incarnation sort of recalls the real band Barb Wire Dolls‘ Isis Queen if she took the time to beat the living crap out of many of her fans or those foolish enough to heckle.

The supporting cast is great, from a mute pre teen band member named Ditto who Dinah protects to Lord Byron, a sort of Gail Ann Dorsey ringer who tries to bring restraint and reason to the chaos and anchors the band. Some things are silly like the band always using a tour bus. Empire also is a pretty absurd depiction of the music industry these days. It just isn’t how things are any more. But this is a comic book and the Black Canary band is supposed to be pretty controversial and popular. The art by Annie Wu, Pia Guerra and Sandy Jarrell recalls what worked best about Jill Thompson’s epic Invisibles issues in the 90’s with perfect bright colors from Lee Loughride really bringing this book to life even more than the more fun than vital writing.

It’s not as life changing as Transmetropolitan or as groundbreaking as the body positive Faith over at Valiant, but Black Canary is certainly a fun ride. If you only know the character from CW’s Arrow, you’re going to be confused as heck, but this is a great book for readers who love rock n roll and want to jump into a newer comic that isn’t as brooding as Batman yet still mixes some real world stuff into a crazy Universe. There is also a good sub plot about rivalry between a former singer of the band and Dinah, the new singer. It kind of underscores well how sucky it is that women more often than not are competing in music rather than helping one another form a united front.

Order the first graphic novel collection HERE.

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New Noise stream Walking Bombs “Know You’re Wild” debut.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 2:27 PM (PST)

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Happy Easter weekend, love birds. He is risen and shout at the devil and all that jazz. If you head over to New Noise HERE you can catch the stream of my solo project Walking Bombs debut full length. It’s a range of tracks and collabos going from 2009-present. Bulk of songs are new from last summer.

Guests include the wonderful talents of Grace Moore, David Andersen (The Warp,The Weft), Sean Paul Pillsworth (The Red Owls, Nightmares For A Week), Jay Andersen (Surmiser), Nate Hall (U.S. Christmas) plus Ashley Moe and Paul Newman (I Multiply) and the band Flourish.

Album statement below and on the Bandcamp. 

Premiere: Intercourse’s “True Patriot”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 3:46 AM (PST)

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Intercourse is a noisy hc punk rock 5 piece from New Haven, CT. “True Patriot” is taken from their upcoming Enablers EP.

It is a particularly frenetic track with some sharp words. Don’t be scared by the photo of the Donald.

Check it out HERE.

Show Review: Hawthorne Heights (Anaheim, CA stop)

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 9:13 PM (PST)

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California Is For Lovers…of Nostalgia

On February 17th in Anaheim, California I had the privilege of seeing Hawthorne Heights in all of their If Only You Were Lonely glory on the Three Headed MonsTOUR. The MonsTOUR line up is Hawthorne Heights, The Ataris, and Mest. I will admit that when this tour was announced I was very excited.

The Ataris and Mest and random special appearance by London Falling were all great. I was impressed by London Falling whose front man reminded me of a very early Billy Joe Armstrong from Green Day. The energy was very high and extremely fun.

More below.

Broadside share inspiring affirmation ballad “A Light In The Dark”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 12:11 PM (PST)

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While Victory Record‘s Broadside are a lot catchier than most of what we cover over here on the heavy side of the scene, the power poppin’ punk band have loads of heart. In this time of heroes like Bowie, Lemmy and our old Hogwart’s teacher Severrus Snape passing on to Valhalla, even us gruff metalheads can use a little tearjerky with our beef, um, jerky? Anyway…check out the uplifting and reflective, wistful new motivational emo-heavy anthem HERE.

The press release states: Their ode to self-preservation faces the question of life and death, and analyzes a reflective conversation in the mind of vocalist Ollie Baxxter. “’A Light In The Dark’ is an inner monologue of questioning my self-worth, and essentially my strong desire to overcome negativity and be successful,” the vocalist explains.

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Wisdom In Chains prepares for European tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 8:17 AM (PST)

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Pennsylvania hardcore punks Wisdom In Chains are getting ready to tour Europe.

Wisdom In Chains will be touring with Ignite, Terror, H20, Iron Reagan, Twitching Tongues and Risk It.

In addition to tour dates, you can check out music videos for “Violent Americans” and “When We Were Young” off of The God Rhythm here.

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Doll Skin release “Wring Me Out” lyric video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 7:28 AM (PST)

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Arizona rockers Doll Skin have released a lyric video for their song “Wring Me Out”.

Doll Skin last year signed to David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group, an imprint of Megaforce records. They released the In Your Face EP on October 30.

Doll Skin are preparing to hit the road with Metal Allegiance.

Check out the video for “Wring Me Out” and tour dates here.

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Before Their Eyes release Craig Owens produced “Midwest Modesty”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 12:43 PM (PST)

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Before Their Eyes‘ highly anticipated 5th studio album, Midwest Modesty,is out today via InVogue Records. The LP was produced by Craig Owens and engineered by Nick Ingram.

There’s some cool and inventive melodic guitar and bass work over snappy drums that reminds me at times of The Sleeping, great screams and a more commercial but not obnoxious production. The band sound fired up and committed to every song which means that before you know it you’ve listened to the whole thing. Great vocal performance as well. RIYL  Pierce The Veil, Chiodos, Circa Survive, Haste The Day.

 

Stream the LP in entirety here.

 

Violation Wound and HPGD release “Broken Idol/Elimination Time”

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:58 AM (PST)

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Horror Pain Gore Death Productions have released the explosive double album of pure punk rock mayhem from Violation Wound entitled “Broken Idol / Elimination Time” today on CD and Digital formats. Violation Wound features Chris Reifert (Autopsy, Abscess) on guitar and vocals, Matt O’Connell (Fog Of War) on drums and Joe Orterry (ex-Fog Of War, ex-Zombie Holocaust) on bass. Below is the official description:

Violation Wound return to Horror Pain Gore Death Productions with the explosive double album release of “Broken Idol” and “Elimination Time”, together for the first time on one CD! 36 songs of blistering punk/hardcore in the classic way… no trendy mall stuff here, just the real gritty deal! Featuring Chris Reifert (Autopsy, Abscess) on guitar and vocals, Matt O’Connell (Fog Of War) on drums and Joe Orterry (ex-Fog Of War, ex-Zombie Holocaust) on bass. Don’t miss this ripping slab of whiskey soaked adrenalized ferocity! 54 minutes of 100% aggression and kick ass riffs, nothing trendy, wimpy or pretentious. Features killer artwork from Nev for both albums and a foldout poster containing full lyrics. For fans of Abscess, Circle Jerks, The Dead Boys, D.R.I., Eat My Fuk, GG Allin, Motorhead, The Ramones and Sex Pistols

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Poison Tongues premiere music video for “Keep Your Head Down”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 11:46 AM (PST)

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Detroit metal band Poison Tongues have premiered a music video for their song “Keep Your Head Down”.

“Keep Your Head Down” comes off the EP For Freedom’s Sake via Fast Break! Records.

Check out the “Keep Your Head Down” music video and the For Freedom’s Sake EP here.

Doll Skin release “In Your Face” EP

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 10:02 AM (PST)

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Arizona punk rockers Doll Skin have signed to Megaforce imprint EMP Records.

EMP records was founded by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson.

In Your Face was released in North America on October 30 and will drop in Europe on December 18. The European release will be released by EMP in conjunction with Cargo Records.

Check out the “Family of Strangers” video, Doll Skin tour dates and the In Your Face tracklist here.

Please pray for Gary Miller from Bad Brains aka Dr Know.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 10:30 AM (PST)

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As some of you have now heard, legendary guitarist Gary Miller aka Dr Know of Bad Brains has fallen ill.

I have some details but am not going to tell the whole story in lieu of the band and family not making a statement yet.

Doc is like my mentor and a good friend and my cousin has been involved with him. Plus we share some music connections.

I will just say for now that doctors are doing what they can. He is alive at present and there is some hope.

Please keep that PMA strong for Gary. He has given us so much. Below is a quote from an old interview I did with my friend.

Peace.

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Punk is the genre we cover the least on this site as it is metal’s snotty sister, but when we do write about it…it is usually about War On Women. I’ll go on record and say that the Baltimore band of feminists made INARGUABLY the best punk album of 2015 (followed by Svetlanas and Heartless Breakers at second and third place this year, both of which are slightly more debatable). But War On Women’s S/T record managed to recapture the protest spirit and general fearlessness that made a band like The Gits so important, the co-ed sense of unity and awareness that equal rights go beyond gender.

Punk News has their video for “Say It” HERE. If you have trauma and are easily triggered, be forewarned that it deals with loudly vocalizing your rape or abuse, so any readers or music fans for whom that is difficult here is a heads up ahead of time. Music can make a song’s meaning resonate even more powerfully, and this is a truly powerful and emotional song. And it should be heard. And played loudly at colleges and elsewhere all across the world.

And after you check the new video out over at Punk News, be sure to head back here and read THIS INTERVIEW we did with the band if you haven’t already.

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