You’ve been hiding under a rock? Maybe you been on the moon? Blatant Toys ‘R’ Us reference for the 80s kids. Are you that jerk that drinks outside and only goes in when you friend’s band is playing? These are the only reason you wouldn’t know who A.T.U. are. This cd doesn’t need to be reviewed again here, but it hit my mailbox so I’ll just add my two cents. Funny thing is, the cd player in my car would only work once every 20 or so tries and finally shit the bed when my original copy of this was in it. I actually had to physically remove the cd player and pry the A.T.U. disc out of it(leaving many horrible scratches) and replace the cd player. Fortunately I got this copy not too long after. I don’t know if this is the newly remastered copy, but I feel like it might be. The fact that the track list has a numbering discrepancy leads me to believe it might be(unless it’s just a printing error)…and the lack of awesome flaming jug sticker. Anyway…this band completely embodies everything that i love in a punk band: a fierce political agenda with no apologies and great writing. Not to mention the nice thick booklet that comes with it that has both the lyrics and explanations, plus lots of pictures. While they do cover issues that are generally covered by every other band, A.T.U. are different in their approach, and they hit local issues as well, such mountain top removal coal mining. Also, their zeal for the legalization of hemp(non drug) and cannabis deserve massive applause. Whether or not you smoke, the facts behind cannabis for medical use can’t be ignored and legalizing hemp could possibly slow climate change by leaps and bounds. Oh, and it does less damage that booze when smoked for fun, so I’ve heard(nudge nudge, wink wink, know what I mean?). Throw in sound bites from Amy Goodman and seamless progressions accompanied by Sarah’s spoken political bits that remind me of bands like OI POLLOI and CONFLICT. Please buy this for yourself, your friends, siblings and maybe a copy for local authority figures. APPALACHIAN TERROR UNIT is one of the most important punk bands in existence today. (Jake)
Profane Existence Records / P.O. Box 18051 / Minneapolis, MN 55418
So we just wrapped up our tracking last week and now have Brad at Audiosiege in Portland doing the mix and I’ve gotta say…this is by far the best experience and sound we’ve ever had! We’re planning to do two separate albums with this session. Our first priority in releasing these tracks is to get our single out for the PE series that’s running this year. I believe we’re in line to be #7 and already have the art and title sorted out….but sorry, you gotta wait ;)
The next release is based on a mere concept we had some time back and will be a 4 song 12″ with a sort of back story. We’ve been really hitting the ground running as a band and feel that we not only want to write music, but we really want to put our minds and energy into something that’s not just “another record”. I’m not quite sure what that means, but after doing this for so many years, you really start to recognize how important the music can be and what kind of effect it has on yourself and others.
So, to say that we’ve just begun would be putting it lightly. Tons of ideas, and tons of support from all over. Cheers to the DIY community and everyone involved to make this place better by contributing in one way or another. Punk is a way to get a message and a feeling out to the world, and damn it feels good! Cheers
I had really been craving a melt lately and figured I’d throw one together. Not only is this sandwich easy to make but it turned out SO GOOD! This will cure your cravings and definitely leave you satisfied.
- Vegan Bacon
- Tofurkey deli slices
- Thousand island dressing
- Prepare preferred vegan bacon on skillet.
- As the “bacon” is cooking, prepare the sandwich. Butter outsides of bread then cut slices in half; add the Tofurkey, tomato, Thousand Island dressing, and finally the bacon once it’s done cooking.
- Put the sandwich in the skillet and flip once bread is golden brown. Repeat this step with the other side of the sandwich.
I used Tofurkey’s hickory smoked deli slices (brown box), Lightlife Smart Bacon and a multigrain bread for the melt in the picture. Add more veggies to the sandwich or a vegan cheese if you’d like.
NO MASTER – s/t 7”
NO MASTER bludgeons the listener over the head with a war hammer. Their attack comes from a dark, smoky, stench filled, crusty pit in the kingdom where DISCHARGE and VENOM stake a claim. Each beat is another blow to your face. How much longer can you it? Blood steadily pours from the gaping wounds in your cranium and your cheek bones have been pulverized to dust. The only thing keeping your eyes in their sockets is the muscle and nerves, but they too are starting to weaken and give. You are hemorrhaging profusely but NO MASTER will give you no quarter, they will show you no mercy. The D-Beat onslaught will continue until you have been reduced to nothing more than a quivering bag of goo and pulp. Die! I think you get the point and know where this is coming from. Totally blown out, the levels are clipping and the punk is crusty. The record kicks ass and is s hoot to listen to, there is so much aggression spilling out of it and I am certain that these dudes kill it live. It’s great to see a band like this come out of Kansas City. It’s time for a Denver / KC allegiance lets get this punk party started! (Josh Mosh)
While there are a million “dis” bands out and around these days, few are standouts. They tend to be lazy about it and just go through the motions so that they can play drunk hoping nobody will notice. Granted, there’s nothing wrong with playing what you love whether it’s good or bad, but fortunately there are a few bands like DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE that pull it off incredibly well. As soon as the needle drops it’s like a runaway freight train of perfect dis-comfort. Other bands should be lucky enough to sneak by the bulls and get a comfortable spot inside a grainer when they belong in the coal car compared to this. All you get here is stripped down power, fury and anger with straight to te point haiku style lyrics and black and white visual atrocity for artwork. Although, it would have been nice to get a little more art on an insert with lyrics, but instead, the lyrics are posted straight to te back of the LP cover. * songs of no BS d-beat bliss (seven sets of lyrics in English and one in Norwegian) covering all the topics you know and love: power struggle, oppression, war and genocide. Nothing original, but everything you want! Get it! (Jake)
Dishonorable Record Company / postboks 49, Valerenga / 0626 Oslo, Norway
Vex Records / email@example.com
Well here I got another KRIMTANK 7 inch record sent in by PIKE RECORDS. If your wanting something that has very fast blast beats with a crusty voice over the top. If you could understand the vocals a little more it would sound very similar to GERM ATTAK, but a little less pogo would be going on. I really wish they would have sent a sheet with what the song titles are in English so I could better understand what the song was about. But all is good there is a total of twelve songs six on each side. Looking at the artwork on this there isn’t really any just photos of the band drinking beers and playing at shows, which looks like it could be an enjoyable set to watch. Hopefully someday I can this is the second KRIMTANK record out of three I have to review so stay tuned for the next one. (XbezerkerX)
This four piece band from Toronto, ON has put out their debut vinyl release with four blistering metallic hardcore songs with a bunch of crust and d-beat thrown in. The singer, if you can call him that since he’s screaming and yelling his throat out on this, is mixed fairly well, the drums are pretty high in the mix which is pretty cool, it makes it a bigger presence and just pounds away throughout. These guys sound like they are trying to win a race the way that they tear through these four songs. If you’re a fan of this stuff, these guys will fit the bill nicely. I was impressed, they really did a good job on this and I’m interested in what comes next. (Rick E.)
Here is my first digital only review. What is the world coming to now with all these digital releases. Can’t really complain when I listen to this, this is a bad ass release. They call themselves D-beat/Crust Punk which I can see but this is better then your average D-beat/Crust band these songs sound way better with the gritty vocals and the heavy guitar. Plus all the songs aren’t long epic riffs there are some like “Bottle of Oblivion” that is a super fast catchy punk song with heavy drums and fast vocals. Track #9 has a nice intro into the song of a Native American talking about the struggle of the white man taking there land away and putting them on reservations. So kind of in the lines of RESISTANT CULTURE. Kind of has the KONTRASEKT sound to them. Then goes into the gritty as hell vocals that I think really make this album, nothing fancy straight to the point and not over produced at all. Please everyone go follow the link and download this album for free or pay whatever you can. You’ll be glad you did. (XbezerkerX)
Resistant Culture played Indianapolis last Tuesday night at Indy’s Jukebox. They performed flawlessly with Katina trained in classical guitar who absolutely shredded. Anthony Rezhawk (vocalist for Terrorizer since 2005) has unique sounding vocals, where he includes Native American chants to give their songs an emotional tribal feeling. Their lyrics about the environment and ideas of extinction are truly moving. Ben is their remarkable drummer who was also a member of Axiom. He is involved with Gaian Mind, a collective located in California that helps educate youth about how to sustain the planet. Please visit their page! http://gaian-mind.org/community/
Ben gave me seeds to grow called red amaranth. This green is similar to the taste of spinach, is easy to grow, and beneficial to your health. It has vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, folate and a good amount of protein (30% more protein than rice, sorghum and rye). It is rich in the amino acid, lysine.
Not only does Resistant Culture have brilliant music, lyrics, and a unique tribal aspect to their music but they are activists with hopes for a better future. If they’re playing a show near you, please attend and support these wonderful individuals.
One week ’til this show in Chicago! Shaman Records 13th Anniversary Show!
Don’t already own this album? Buy it HERE!
As I’m sitting in my semi dark basement blasting this fine recording, I feel the need to get my gripes(well, only one) out of the way. During the beautifully composed melodic intro, it sounds as if the two guitars are slightly out of tune with each other. Obviously not a huge deal, but worth mentioning. After that, I can’t think of a bad thing to say. The way the demo kicks off reminds me of a scene in 28 Days or 28 Weeks Later when things are looking extra bleek. The writing is captivating. It’s very busy, but not in a “mathy” way. All three stringed instruments twist in and out of each other while flirting with the same melodies and rhythms. It has elements of that style that TRAGEDY brought years ago, but with new life breathed into it. The power and detail of the drumming also bring this to a whole new level. I love hearing bands that push punk further and further instead of just playing the same things that they listen to. While this is happening, Chomsky and Zinn styled poetic hatred pour through the mics in the form of sincere anguished howling. Each set of lyrics has a bit of a back story printed along side them in a pocket size booklet that looks hand screened. Added bonus, a few stickers. Members from this band have been around for awhile in a number of different bands that we all know and love. This demo is limited to 100(looks like I have #100- yikes!), but have no fear, Yellow Dog from Berlin should be releasing this as a 300 press run LP. Totally worth hunting down. And, no, you can’t have mine. (Jake)