And we’re baaaack. Metal Riot news here with the latest clobberin’ time updates to get you through these hard times. Anthrax have a new bourbon honoring Dimebag (made in my Hudson Valley) for all you boozers to check out. Looks legit! I have been sober six months so I am not gonna fuck that up, but you do you. So for my pick me up, let’s pivot to hardcore!
NYHC legends Sick of it All (and we’re all sick of it all right now, one way or the other), have a new video out for “Bull’s Anthem”. Always one of the all time greats of hardcore to me and many others, SOIA deserve all the love. And they brought some friends along!
“Getting all our fans and friends involved in the making of this video for ‘Bull’s Anthem’ was an absolute blast. We had so much fun going through all the submissions, piecing it together, and being able to bring some much needed laughter into all of our lives during these crazy times. It’s amazing to see so many people united via our music, from all over the world, and joining us in spreading a good responsible message. We want to thank Tim from Rise Against, Chuck from Hot Water Music and the hundreds of participants, for making this happen, and we want to thank you for watching and sharing this video. It’s US vs Them and the time for revolution has come! Support, love and take care of each other,” states SICK OF IT ALL about the music video.
“Bull’s Anthem” is off SICK OF IT ALL’s latest album, Wake The Sleeping Dragon!. For the release, Century Media Records teamed up with Fat Wreck Chords, who put out the CD and vinyl version in the US. The album is available to stream and purchase HERE.Add to My Radar
So Flynn – despite being obviously guilty of a ton of shit – skips out of charges thanks to the Baby Sinclair-helmed DOJ’s blatant corruption, I finally get a onetime stimulus check of money Trump and cronies have stolen from us a zillion times over and it instantly has to go towards a pricey car repair and James Woods (of all shitbags I can’t stand) tweeted something accurate about how Cuomo sucks and harmed senior homes. This evening is just obviously destined to serve as an excuse to eat quarantine sour patch kids and chase them with black coffee while rewatching American Horror Story: Apocalypse for the third time. Not to get all conspiracy theory, but Episode 9 “Fire and Reign” (the one with Anastasia that really could’ve used some Dead Again era Type O on the soundtrack) when the Cooperative has a meeting really gets me musing inwardly on how much Elon Musk is a dumb bro who seems to have blatantly been a cheerleader for eugenics during the whole god damn pandemic and, uh, his kid has a really dumb fucking name. Way to ensure your kid renames themselves John Smith and grows up to play really bad boring pop country just to rebel against you and (probable) Godfather Joe Rogan.
Anyway, here’s five hardcore videos to help randomly fight the stir crazy.
Downset – “One Blood”: I could have used an older Downset video but we need to be united to defeat Coronavirus. This song yells “United” a bunch and it was fun interviewing them for I forget what magazine when this dropped. Wow, over five years ago already. Also, this comeback album did not get enough love. I know it is dumb of me but I can’t stop chuckling about how someone wrote ‘One Blunt!’ in the YouTube comments. The guitar tone is so gnarly and I want to stage dive.
Merauder – “Master Killer”:
Not exactly a deep cut but why wouldn’t you be randomly blasting this anyway on a Friday night in quarantine before a snowstorm in May, assholes? Prioritize!
Biohazard – “Shades Of Grey”:
Just admit that Biohazard was better than music now. Don’t deny the epic lack of social distancing in the crowd crunchy scenes (but don’t do that shit right now). Long haired Evan is the coolest. I also want to say fuck racism and RIP Ahmaud Arbery.
Sick Of It All – “Take The Night Off”: This isn’t even old Sick Of It All (new SOIA rules too), but Death To Tyrants is an apt title yet again. And we have to keep taking the night off right now to protect people. Don’t believe the bullshit propaganda to get you to endanger others and die for the “economy”.
Youth Of Today – “No More “: Stop eating animals. It’s disgusting.Add to My Radar
NYHC kings Sick Of It All are hands down one of the most inspiring bands of all time. Only a knucklehead could overlook the import of the band’s outlook, lyrics, vibe and commitment when it comes to influence on the underground. They are certainly one of, if not the, top hardcore bands of all time and continue to inspire me to keep trudging through the eroding force of modern society with a smile and a helmet on nearly a daily basis.
“Inner Vision” is the dope ass new SOIA lyric video. Let’s try and crank those views up for the boys! I am catching SOIA meets Ignite vibes on this one a little bit, or is that just my half awake ears? This is the first new song from their forthcoming album, Wake the Sleeping Dragon, which is slated for a November 2 release via Century Media Records. Sounding killer so far! Hmmm, too bad the album didn’t come out in time for season 2 of Iron Fist with that title! SOIA packs the hardest punch anyway.Add to My Radar
Hardcore idols Sick Of It All have posted a clip of the band performing a stone cold classic “My Life” from Blood, Sweat and No Tears in Tokyo with Barney from fuckin’ Napalm Death on vocals! The crowd is of course loving it. Good times and just what the doctor ordered to cheer you up after a week of deaths in the metal scene.
Posted by Sick Of It All on Sunday, October 22, 2017
It used to be cool when you’d open up Sick Of It All‘s CD for Just Look Around and see them hangin’ out with Sepultura or whoever and just everyone bein’ cool. Before that you had DRI bring “crossover” most fully (with their album of the same name), and the eventual deathcorn-holed anus of the low end diaper filler breakdown riffs we know and love today. It is not inevitable, however that Rage begets Bizkit begets Deathcore or whatever bad metaphor you want to insert here. I’m not here to trash on anyone.
Sick Of It All need to be celebrated, man. This band simply embody whatever they encompass, be it the more crossover sounds so many fell in love with on Scratch The Surface to wider appeal or the staying power of more straight up hardcore dance-a-thon classic Built To Last. Or the unbridled assault on the issues of the day that was (perhaps still high water mark) Death To Tyrants. Regardless of your favorite era of the band (my fave record is actually Yours Truly, believe it or not), Sick Of It All are on point.
We hate when a band alludes to the end in an album title or song name, but it thrills popular culture junkies to know we are watching “The Final Season” of a show and that plot threads will resolve, at the same time. End Hits didn’t turn out to be Fugazi’s last record. The verdict is out on if it was Iron Maiden’s Final Frontier, but I doubt it. End Game would have been a great place for Megadeth to stop before Super Collider. It’s all because an artist has made great works that we hold them to the highest standards, regardlessof if I disagree with some of Mustaine’s politics, for example. I know Ted Nugent can write “Stranglehold”, so even if I disagree with his politics on many issues, I still can seperate the musician and what they espouse. Sick Of It All I simply champion because they stand for real shit, true hardcore and always kick out the killer jams…all while uplifting the community. This is NYHC. This is defiance. But also dignity and grace, hard knocks and all.
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The gnarliest punk album of the year just dropped. Love Is A Lie, Filth Is Eternal from Filth Is Eternal (formerly F'd and B'd) reminds us that there was a time when Seattle bands were considered dangerous, when Mudhoney might jump on your face and half the roster of Sub Pop didn't look like even Starbucks wasn't gentrified enough for their tepid, pale faced indie rock bullshit. Filth Is Eternal plays an explosive blend of go for the throat, not a moment wasted punk n' roll married to Sonic Youth flirting dissonance and with tones ugly enough to make Fudge Tunnel blush and The Bronx seem like Captain & Tennille. Fronted by an actual snarling wild animal over some of the best riffs and beats you have ever heard. This record reminds me of a show I played in 1997 with my old band Fuse where I got wasted on unclean tapline Rolling Rocks and bottom shelf whiskey after getting a tattoo and ended up rolling on a country bar floor half nude and bleeding and smearing black grime and tattoo inky residue and blood everywhere, waking up the next day feeling kind of aroused and ready to fight literally anything but also half dead. Sirhan Sirhan is gonna get out of jail and be all stoked to enter polite society and this shit will play and it will retrigger a hypnotic trance and make dude go all Winter Soldier on some dudes. If your band doesn't bang as hard as the ending of "The Dog", just quit now.