if you’re not familiar with them by now, Opposition Rising is the new band from Bill T (TOXIC NARCOTIC, MOUTH SEWN SHUT), and does not slow down with either the political intensity or speed from the other releases in the past. Ass Knees as the band calls it is the follow up to 2011’s Aftermathematics. on this 10″ are 4 new East Coast crusty hardcore songs, and a dub version / remix of a song from the previous LP, The Rich Are Killing the Poor. the record insert has lyrics, recording details, and a photo collage of the band and punx live. the guys in the band are totally down to earth and not rockstars at all. they work hard, and play even harder, and are currently on a full U.S. tour. if Opposition Rising comes to your area, go see them and buy some merch! you wont be disappointed. Get Off Your Ass Get Off Your Knees was recorded April 2013 and is a co-release by these labels:
Oppposition Records www.oppositionrising.com
Pirates Press records www.piratespress.com
Rodent Popsicle Records www. rodentpopsicle.com
Riotska Records www.riotskarecords.com
reverb, distortion, hardcore Japanese influenced rhythms. and noise. lots of noise. this is what immediately comes to mind when playing this record. short and fast, by the time this 11 song 19 minute record is over, your face might be blasted off by the sheer intensity that is Kontrasekt. they also have a 7″ in the same style. recommend if you like noisy hardcore d-beat. released June 2013 on Vex Records
vex records: https://myspace.com/vexrecords
How to Build Plywood Pontoons & Long Tail Boat Motors Out of Scrap
this is a d.i.y. guide to building your own boat out of found items, putting them together, and drifting down a river. a group of people from Minneapolis put together 2 boats, rode down to Kansas City with some friends, and drifted down the Missouri River and into the Mississippi River – all for less than $100. their goal was the Gulf of Mexico, and made it all the way down to Arkansas (but not NOLA). a vast majority of this publication is a travel diary of all the event that happened to the group. they lasted 3 months on the 2 rivers, and called it a day after the adventure of a lifetime. A worthy read that doesnt take too long (this book is 64 pages front to back), this is a damn enterataining book to read in an afternoon. also includes survival tips for those who want to do the same. published by Robnoxious via Microcosm Publishing, Portland Oregon.
Pray for Death is a Czech 5 piece that plays crusty stenchcore. downtuned guitars and gutteral growls with dirty production. this record has 3 songs, 2 short, and one long, but doesn’t contain lyrics. Im supposing they sing in Czech because its hard to understand. Recorded in 2011, this Pray for Death release was released on Phobia Records, although i couldnt find it on the label site comes on beautiful banana yellow, just waiting to get your dirty fingerprints all over it. .bands like Warcollapse and Deviated Instinct come to mind. might be hard to find, but is definitely a gem.
this record is 2 songs each from a couple bands on D.I.Y. label Filthy Rat Records based in Helsinki, Finland. Better Not Born has male / female vocals over rapid hardcore, with great breakdowns. think F-Minus, or Gruk. they have been compared with Tragedy, but I dont really see it. a great up and coming band, their debut full length is due to be out next year (2014). on the B-side, Cause a Riot is a streetpunk style with poppy roots, much like The Unseen or the Virus. the diversity on this split really makes it feel like two different records.
Better Not Born: http://betternotborn.bandcamp.com
Cause a Riot: http://causeariot.bandcamp.com
Having been published since the early 1980s, Earth First is a magazine that advocates radical environmental action. Full of environmental justice news / updates, and lengthy articles about grassroots organizations that openly defy the ‘law’ in the name of environmentalism / habitat preservation. All groups mentioned in this magazine are making a real concerted effort to slow / halt the environmental destruction being wreaked globally by NGOs and government backed companies every year. These activists are so committed that the actual promise of arrest / criminal charges does not deter them. this is the Brigid (january / february) 2013 issue, and contains information on eco-justice updates around the world from the end of july 2012 all the way up to the new year. Mentioned inside are some current Native American / First Nations issues, whats going on in Europe, the shameful Minnesota wolf hunt / trapping season, the KXL and Pacific Trails Pipeline, and lots more! available for $6.50 from http://www.earthfirstjournal.org based in Florida. Published by Daily Planet Publishing.
Earth First! journal
Propaganda is a melodic crust punk band from the Czech Republic, on Phobia Records. the title of this 7″ translates to Thirst For Life, and title track is exactly about that. Lyrics deal with taking life by the bull horns and fighting to reclaim your life from outside influence. other songs deal with issues such as suicide, and fake people / posers, sung with scratchy vocals. musically it sounds like this band takes a lot of influence from Swedish bands Wolfbrigade and Skitsystem. four songs with lyrics in both Czech and English. this record was recorded in Davos Studios, and released on Czech crust punk label Phobia Records.
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Dripfed is a female fronted five piece band from Denver Colorado, and on this 10″ there’s 4 songs that clock in at just under sixteen minutes. Amidst a full aural assault of crusty d-beat style metal, the lyrics of these songs deal with American Indian issues such as uranium mining and westward expansion / manifest destiny. the title track, UXO is about the remaining landmines in Laos and the unjustified involvement of the US military in south Asian political affairs, especially during the Veitnam war era. released in 2011 on Denver label Less Art records, this band is a gem for anyone who likes crusty metallic punk rock. if Dripfed comes to your town, go see them; you wont be disappointed!