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RIP Gabe Serbian

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 4:43 PM (PST)

Sad news today as word gets out that The Locust drummer Gabe Serbian has passed. Condolences to friends and family. Certainly one of the most skilled and chaos channeling drummers in human memory. I saw them live just once but it is an insane memory that feels like a dream. It was at Park Fest at Purchase College and I think Biz Markie was the same day, wow. Of course Gabe is also known for important contributions to Cattle Decap and Dead Cross.

Today, Beltane, is his birthday…even more upsettingly.

“This world will miss Gabe as a friend, family member, musician, and artist,” says a post on the band’s official Facebook page. “He will continue to live on in so many ways and through everyone he has connected with during his time with us. May 1st is his birthday, and we hope that you can find a way to celebrate his life.”

Band Spotlight: BLACK MESA

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 10:41 AM (PST)

There are some bands more adept at riding the chaos than others in the storied history of underground music. From noise and hardcore pioneers like Steel Pole Bathtub to Man Is The Bastard to synth/indie/post-core bands like Six Finger Satellite to numerous grindcore bands like Fuck The Facts, etc.- some groups just embody the concept of “fuck it/let’s really go for it” more than others. NY’s Black Mesa sits proudly in that same spirit of frenzy and ferocious inventiveness, as evidenced by their recent compilation of insanely manic live performances. Whatever sub genre they throw in the emotional blender, you are bound to enjoy a deliciously nutritious smoothie of muddy sonic punk purée.

Honningbarna’s ‘Animorphs’ Review

Posted by Ralka Skjerseth on Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 4:01 PM (PST)

Every time I listen to Honningbarna’s music, the idea of pure chaos and danger that transcends boundaries of time and space always crosses my mind. It’s as if they were trying to save the world and have fun at the same time while making some dangerous music. On this sixth studio album of theirs, Animorphs, they perfectly manifested their own pure breed of chaos in a form of twelve tracks. The exciting kind of chaos that brings the adrenaline within you.

My first encounter with this Kristiansand-hailing punk band began through the discovery of the song “Noen å Hate” which is actually a Raga Rockers cover. Ever since then, I instantly fell in love with the abrasive sounds they presented and the revolutionary political statements they tried to convey. I began discovering their whole discography and found out that Voldelig Lyd is my all-time favorite album of theirs, followed by Verden er enkel. I have never stopped profoundly loving their sounds with all my heart ever since, as every single song of theirs helped me through hard times and holds personal meanings to me. The themes of Honningbarna’s songs so far may vary, ranging from metaphors regarding Icarus, artificial intelligences and Übermensch, to acts of revolt against the bourgeoisie.

Animorphs, with its Cyberpunk-esque cover art, is the first Honningbarna album with a new lineup consisting of (as usual) Edvard Valberg on vocals, Christoffer Traedal on guitars, Nils Jørgen Nilsen on drums, and (the newly joined) Tomas Berglund on bass and Johan Hansson Liljeberg on guitars. With the new two members being of Swedish origins, safe to say that Honningbarna has become some sort of a Swedish-Norwegian punk union. I’ve always perceived Honningbarna as the Refused of Norway, so this fact is kind of funny to me. Edvard Valberg’s stage acts and energy have always reminded me of Dennis Lyxzen.

On the album Animorphs, the musicality being presented here is very diverse and versatile. Unlike their previous albums that depended mainly on typical punk/rock instruments, this album used more synths, such as on the opening track “Animorphs” and that makes it even more eclectic. They also managed to present several catchy songs with indie rock-like elements such as “Åh Bliss” and “En av oss er idiot”, that would remind its listeners to the likes of Hvitmalt Gjerde and/or Brenn. There’s also a track that reminds me of midwest emo elements, as if it’s coming straight from Run for Cover records, which is “Når alt det treffer oss”. On the other side, there are also tracks that stay intact to Honningbarna’s punk roots such as “Passasjer”, “Jeg har lyst”, and “Mitt hus”. But on top of all, the track that I find most captivating is the closing track “Ække noe kirke” because it contains blackgaze/post-metal-esque elements, just like Deafheaven, and I’m a sucker for blackgaze and post-metal most of the time. The blast beats they presented on that closing track are just captivating.

The sonic versatility of Animorphs has proven me that they are indeed one of the most eclectic bands I have ever come across. If you have time, please also do check drummer Nils Jørgen Nilsen’s side project, the Bergen-based punk/rock unit called Svenske Tilstander. Similar upbeat catchiness and aggressions as Honningbarna’s

Hope Con are easily one of my top hardcore faves ever and it was a super highlight of my life in punk to share a bill with them once a long ass time ago. Every slice of their caustic catalogue is essential but Death Knows Your Name really holds a vaunted place in the bleak heart of many a fan. From the performances to the songwriting, tones and energy plus the intense production, it is all there in your face. There is never a time I don’t hear it and get pumped.

Now, a remastered edition arrives with an extra song and revamped packaging via Deathwish Inc. on January 14!

Originally released in 2006, Death Knows Your Name is the landmark third full-length album from the legendary Boston band The Hope Conspiracy.  Recorded by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios, the record is a powerful chapter in the band’s recorded legacy. From the haunting first notes of “They Know Not” to the Earth shaking “Stolen Days,” the unrelenting rage of the album is undeniable. From musicianship to presentation, Death Knows Your Name still stands as a high watermark for the genre.

Now, Death Knows Your Name  is receiving the deluxe treatment.  Featuring  the classic eleven-song album along with a bonus track “Eurohell” which— until now— was only previously available on their “Hang Your Cross” EP (now out of press). 

The physical packaging for Death Knows Your Name has also been revamped, featuring a special “Black on Black” printing of Aaron Horkey’s incredible artwork for the release.

Pre-order Death Knows Your Name (Deluxe) here ahead of the January 14th, 2022 release date and visit The Hope Conspiracy online here.

Death Knows Your Name (Deluxe), track listing:

1. They Know Not (Remastered)

2. Deadtown Nothing (Remastered)

3. A Darkness in the Night (Remastered)

4. Animal Farm (Remastered)

5. Curse of the Oil Snakes (Remastered)

6. Hang Your Cross (Remastered)

7. Suicide Design (Remastered)

8. Leech Bloody Leech (Remastered)

9. So Many Pigs So Few Bullets (Remastered)

10. Sadistic Sacred Whore (Remastered)

11. Stolen Days (Remastered)

12. Eurohell (Bonus, Remastered)

Rolo Tomassi have released a thrilling new song “Drip”. Loving the minute and a half long headfuck of an intense build up before things get even MORE cacophonous. Thank fuck this record drops in 2022 cuz my year end list is already cluttered af and trimming it any further to fit something else new is probably gonna be hell on wheels as it is, haha.

Worldwide pre-orders for their 6th studio album Where Myth Becomes Memory are live now from becomesmemory.com

California heavyweights No Bragging Rights have released a heroic new song about addiction called “Walking Blind”. Love the melodic punk meets complex Shai Hulud vibes of this one and the vocal performances are exceptional with energy, soul and emotion in every line.

Vocalist Mike Perez comments to Lambgoat: “Getting help for addiction is extremely difficult even when the person is sincere in their attempts to get clean. The song talks about addiction and how you grab at anything to fill the void as you are spiralling. The hope is to fully surrender and to be sincere in your efforts to get help.”

photo by Jack Grisham

October 19th will see the release of an amazing self-titled solo release from KIRA. Kira Roessler has always been a bold and inventive player in bands like Black Flag, dos, The Visitors and many other lesser known yet also influential underground acts.

 

Basically like many punkers I always thought Roessler was one of the coolest people to ever walk the face of this rotten world, so it was awesome to get to chat about the solo record that Kitten Robot Records is releasing after a thirteen year gestation of the material. Roessler has also branched out and been part of sound teams in recent years for Mad Max: Fury Road, Joker, A Star is Born(2018), and Game of Thrones Season 2, in recent years.

 

Kira was produced by Kira and Paul Roessler (TSOL, Josie Cotton, Richie Ramone) and is incredibly refreshing and layered, an uncompromising artist’s pure vision that hurdles genres to capture personal horizons.

 

Stream a taste of the solo album via “The Ghosts” here.

 

And READ MORE BELOW for the full and in-depth interview!

Band Spotlight: FILTH IS ETERNAL

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 6:34 PM (PST)

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.

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ROLO TOMASSI Drop “Cloaked” Video, Sign To eOne

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 3:26 PM (PST)

ROLO TOMASSI are back. The band can now reveal they have signed to eOne (High On Fire, Black Label Society, The Contortionist) and, in celebration, have today released their massive, brand new single and video, “Cloaked”.

James Spence (vocals and keys) on the signing – “We’re thrilled to be signing with eOne Heavy for this new record. It was an easy decision for us and they’ve been a dream to work with. We’re looking forwards to everything that follows.”

On the signing, Scott Givens, the SVP of rock and metal at eOne explains – “Rolo Tomassi are a band that we have long wanted to have on your roster. We are thrilled they have chosen us to be their label partners.”

Eva Spence (vocals), now based in her new home in New Jersey, USA – “We’re excited to finally share new music after spending the last two years working on our new record. Writing has been essential for us this past year in the absence of playing live, we can’t wait to get back on the road and hope to see you at a show soon.”

Co-lead vocalist James Spence explains a bit more about the new video – “David and James who worked on the video really helped us to bring to life the themes of the song. The narrative visualises the process of change within us with every new experience we have. The themes of dualism and identity are explored through the contrasting colours and the movements of the characters.”

More news on ROLO TOMASSI coming soon.

 

pic by Alex Bershaw

 

CINEMA CINEMA join us today with a new track! The band sometimes sound like Attila Csihar got into devilish mischief inserting hidden messages into back alley Sergei Prokofiev compositions instead of smoking a doob and listening for Satan’s commands in the bridge of “Stairway To Heaven” like normal rockers, so I was excited to see what they have cooked up next! The answer is…”Bratislava”!

The nine minute song is an enthralling exploration of feel and musical adventurousness as the band weave through dynamic peaks and valleys during their at times relaxing and at times anxious (but entirely intriguing) journey. At times it comes off like a Pinback and Don Byron slow burn mescaline voyage, which is obviously fucking amazing.

Ev Gold tells us:

“Things got chaotic in our attempt to leave after the gig in Bratislava, on tour a few years ago. I had to walk out into a lane of oncoming traffic with my hands up, to plea for a halt. Seemingly no way possible to back the van out otherwise. There was a protest outside of a castle a few blocks away from the show, which at first sounded ‘cool’, but wasn’t after all. People and cars flooded the streets. Our place to crash for the night fell through, now we needed to leave Slovakia and drive to Vienna to sleep. We finally made it out and got to a quiet stretch of road over the border, then heard sirens. Pulled over by Austrian Law Enforcement. It was a saga. Deserved a song years later.”

The song precedes the band’s sixth album, CCXMDII, nearing release in August through Nefarious Industries.

CINEMA CINEMA was established in 2008 by Brooklyn-born cousins, vocalist/guitarist Ev Gold and drummer Paul Claro. They’ve been described as “experi-metal punks” by the Village Voice, a “jolt of adrenaline” by BrooklynVegan, and “feral and unrelenting” by Big Takeover.

In 2019, the duo joined with Nefarious Industries to release their fifth album, CCXMD. Taking a stylistic left turn from any previously recorded output, they found themselves delving into ambient and atmospheric free-jazz territories. CINEMA CINEMA invited reed aficionado Matt Darriau – best known for his work with Grammy award-winning world-music ensemble The Klezmatics – to join the group for the collaborative, entirely improvised affair. Darriau had been a guest on the band’s 2017 LP Man Bites Dog, providing saxophone on a handful of tracks. The album was described as, “no-holds-barred punk-jazz,” by Brooklyn Rail, and, “as intelligent as it is unintelligible,” by Invisible Oranges.

CINEMA CINEMA now presents their sixth full-length, CCXMDII, which serves as companion and conclusion to 2019’s CCXMD. Woodwind expert Matt Darriau returns, bringing along more tools from his repertoire as the trio submerge themselves in the strange beauty of chaotic sound, found together in the moment. CCXMDII was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Vin Cin at Electric Plant Studios in Brooklyn, New York, with artwork, design, and layout by Lauren A. Kelley.

Nefarious Industries will release CCXMDII on CD and all digital platforms on August 20th. Find preorders including merch bundles HERE and watch for additional audio previews and more to post over the weeks ahead.

Touring extensively through the past decade, CINEMA CINEMA has performed over four hundred fifty shows across eleven countries. The duo has toured numerous times alongside SST Records founder Greg Ginn, including a fifty-plus-date 2014 North American tour opening for Black Flag, select dates supporting Black Flag in 2013, and shared dates in 2010, 2011, and 2012 with Ginn’s other outfits The Royal We and The Taylor Texas Corrugators. In addition, the band has half a dozen European tours to their credit, including a 2013 stint in support of Martin Bisi Band and a run of Summer festivals in 2016.

CINEMA CINEMA appears in and has contributed music to the critically acclaimed 2014 documentary Sound And Chaos: The Story Of BC Studio. The band was also included on BC35, a celebration of the 35th anniversary of BC Studio – alongside members of Swans, Sonic Youth and other studio alumni, released via Bronson Recordings in 2018.

CCXMDII Track Listing:
1. A Life Of Its Own
2. Cloud 2
3. Continued
4. Bratislava
5. Crack Of Dawn
6. Trigger
7. Cloud 4

CINEMA CINEMA:
Ev Gold – guitars/vocals
Paul Claro – drums/percussion

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Punk legends Circle Jerks will be joined by some impressive stage-fellows in 2021/22.

Circle Jerks, Municipal Waste and Negative Approach will perform together on:

12/10/2021 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
12/11/2021 Norva – Norfolk, VA
12/12/2021 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
12/14/2021 40 Watt Club – Athens, GA
12/15/2021 Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
12/17/2021 Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, FL
12/18/2021 Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
12/19/2021 Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL

For other dates including with Adolescents, click HERE.

If this SECTION H8 tune isn’t the fucking heavy song of Summer 2021 by, like, this afternoon…I simply don’t know what to tell ya. It’s that killer. This shit kicked my ass across the room this morning and had me moshing in my kitchen before 9:15 am. Holy shit! I think I was the first person to purchase it on Bandcamp, but don’t worry! You can buy it as well! Right HERE, fuckface! Believe the hype.

And an inspired Tim Timebomb cameo!

In the summer of 2021, Section H8 comes with their most definitive statement yet in the form of their debut full-length Welcome To The Nightmare, due out July 30th through the dependable Flatspot Records. Their new single is a fantasy tale about survival in a dystopian future called “Streetsweeper”, and it features vocals from Tim Armstrong (Rancid, Operation Ivy, Transplants).

“Section H8 are an incredible new band. I love them!” said Tim Armstrong of working with the band, adding “When they asked me to collaborate on their new record I didn’t hesitate. Yes! At times, they harken back to the rawness of 1980s Agnostic Front Cause For Alarm era hardcore, while at the same time documenting what’s around them in 2021.”

Section H8 frontman Mexi says “It was an honor & a privilege to work on “Streetsweeper” with Tim Armstrong, who’s both a friend and a huge inspiration to this band and to myself as a lyricist.”

Up and coming punkers Pink Shift are making sure they don’t go unnoticed. Not only do the band have an excellent new interview over at Kerrang! about being in a new wave of relevant pop punk bands changing the genre for the better, but they have a headliner coming up at The Metro Gallery in August with some great openers. While we are mainly a metal site, we also love punk and want to root for any rad new band who are kicking this much ass and making a difference. And there is no denying that  “i’m gonna tell my therapist on you” is a true Summer bop. It reminds me of No Doubt, MCR and The Movielife all at once.

Variety is the spice of life, you grimacing metal bastards. Support some punky new blood! Besides, maybe if we start shouting them out they will throw in some sweet breakdowns. Either way, we have to stan.

GLASSJAW to tour US for anniversary of first two albums

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 12:17 AM (PST)

Glassjaw have revealed plans to hit the road in early 2022 to celebrate the 20th anniversaries of their first two albums, Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence (2000) and Worship and Tribute (2002). Some of the tour will be two-night stands during with the group playing one of the albums each night, while other stops will find them playing both.

Anyway, pack your shit and leave and take my memories of her with you.

3/2 Los Angeles, CA @ 1720 (EYEWTKAS)
3/3 Los Angeles, CA @ 1720 (W&T)
3/4 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall (EYEWTKAS)
3/5 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall (W&T)
3/8 Denver, CO @ The Summit (both albums)
3/10 San Antonio, TX @ Vibes Event Center (both)
3/11 Austin, TX @ Mohawk (EYEWTKAS)
3/12 Austin, TX @ Mohawk (W&T)
3/14 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Heaven (both)
3/16 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall (both)
3/18 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom (both)
3/19 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (both)
3/20 Silver Springs, MD @ Fillmore (both)
3/21 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (both)
3/23 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw (EYEWTKAS)
3/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw (W&T)
3/25 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount (EYEWTKAS)
3/26 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount (W&T)

Armageddon Label will release the debut EXIL release on July 23rd, a whirlwind of social commentary in the form of Swedish hardcore. 11 tracks, 26 minutes. Gnarly! Hear the rip roaring and speedy “Maniac” on the Greetings from Sweden – Quarantined Hardcore vol 1 compilation HERE.

Interesting snippets from the press release:

Three quarters of the band are born and raised Umeå Hardcore. Their paths have crossed before, going back some 25 years (see below). But EXIL are based in Stockholm. It’s a hellish neo-liberal experiment of a capital city: Ayn Rand’s own privatized garden of lust, or an even shittier 50 Shades of Grey with Rich Uncle Pennybags-gone-Pinhead as the dom and we, the people, as the subs.

EXIL play fast, stupid music with smart lyrics permeated with a sense of alienated bleakness. Much of the lyrical bantering deal with the above, life in the big city, and the mind-shattering daily life of modern Western society. It exposes how economic injustice is expressed in an urban environment, with parasitic landlords and immense gentrification that pushes all culture that doesn’t conform to lame middle-class norms to the absolute periphery of cities like Stockholm.