Some great hardcore filled with woah-ohs, pummeling drums, tasty guitar leads, slick bass, and some ska thrown in as well. OFFICER DOWN has put out a great sophomore album that sounds somewhat reminiscent of the hardcore from the mid to late 1980s with the heavy bass, breakneck guitar work, drums on fast, and vocals that go from gruff to smooth and lots of gang vocals too. This was a real treat to throw on, as soon as I put it on, I had to turn it up loud, this shit kicks it up hard. This is what I really needed to hear, great, catchy hardcore that just grabs you by the neck and holds you against the wall. I really don’t have a favorite song on here, I liked them all, and the lyrics were really good, personal and well written. Great job on the production, nothing is super clean, but it’s nice and loud and gives enough room for you to hear everything without a gloss to it. This was one of the best albums that I’ve heard in a while, damn, I needed this to clear out the crappy day I’ve had. (Rick Ecker)
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SLENDER LORIS adopted their name from a small creature indigenous to Sri Lanka that was once reportedly hunted by voodoo tribesmen for its tears and now it’s a post hardcore noise band from Hamilton, Ontario. Five short songs drenched in feedback and punk rock goodness and mixed together to bring a glorious noise fest that brings back memories of the more experimental bands from back then, but still keeps everything in the here and now. You get some fuzz guitar, screamed and clean vocals that are both crazed and melodic, drumming that bashes away, and some bubbling bass that made the band pretty catchy. You actually have a well done live album that really captures the band in its natural habitat, playing loud, furiously and really well. If I only still lived in Hamilton, I would be at your shows. (Rick Ecker)
A very cool punk album with a little poppier sound that was originally recorded way back in 2000, but it still sounds fresh today, matter of fact, better than some bands plying this field of music. Lots of melody on these nine songs, and boy are they ever catchy too, every one of them has hooks galore. The song that really grabbed me was “Rock, Star” with the great guitar work, the pounding drums, the bouncy bass, and the great vocals. This album has great playing and the production makes the band shine with the crispness and clear sound that is on here. It’s a damn shame that the band only has this out because I would love to hear more from them, they have a great punk sound with a ton of talent that made this album a real pleasure to hear. (Rick Ecker)
This CD collects all of the songs from melodic hardcore band PURPOSE, with twenty-seven songs that encompass two seven-inch releases, two full length albums, seven demos, a cover of “For Want Of” by RITES OF SPRING, and one unreleased song, talk about a comprehensive collection! The first six songs have great production, the next four are muddier and flat sounding, the next four are hollow sounding and a bit flat, the next four are a bit of the same, the demos sound like demos, the RITES OF SPRING cover is nice and clear, and the unreleased song is a bit muddy as well. Now that we have the production covered, lets talk about the music itself shall we? The band goes from melodic hardcore, to hardcore, to punk rock, and finally some post hardcore all on this collection, mostly because there were a total of twelve different people in this band, so you can hear what influences and styles that they brought with them. The band is really adept at all of the various styles on here considering all of the changes in the band. They were a really good band that had a lot of potential to be bigger than they were, it’s a shame that they never achieved a larger following, but with releases like this, hopefully other people will get into them, better late than never. (Rick Ecker)
Some very L7 type punk and rock mixed together on this album from GASOLINE THRILL from London, England, although the band has some nods to L7, they do insert a lot of their own personality on their new album. These three woman and male drummer really do a good job of mixing the genres together and injecting a lot of excitement and energy into these songs and have made an album that can fit into both your rock collection and your punk collection. The band is able to do some slower music on here and not make it sound forced, and then jump back into the fast songs again. This is the natural progression of female bands that started in the 1990s, a bit of riot grrrl, some L7 and a touch of Hole all mixed up in a tight ball of energy to get you rocking out. The production is nice, clear enough to let everything stand out, but still not super clean to get the gruffness of this band. I really liked the mix of the slow songs and the fast, more punk songs a lot on this release, great job! (Rick Ecker)
This band originally from Greece barrels through some hard-hitting punk tunes that have touches of acoustic guitars and almost hardcore fury at times. No plate breaking and shouting “OPA!”, no, this band wants to break you down and love the music that they play. Vocalist Isis Queen just gets out there and lets rip with her strong, frenzied vocals that could peel paint off of walls with the intensity that she has, she also is able to bring it down a bit and lull you in, then let’s go again. The band just tears it up behind her with some great guitar work, the bass just rumbling, and the drummer frantically hitting everything in sight and the band creating a great explosion of sound on this album. BARB WIRE DOLLS really did a great job with the production on here, you can hear the band, but they aren’t suffocated or buried in the mix, a nice separation that lets you hear the angst and energy that they put forth. This has eleven blistering tracks that should satisfy the gritty punk rock taste that you crave. (Rick Ecker)
Six songs that go by so fast, you shouldn’t try to sit down when you put this single on the turntable or else you’ll get pissed off that you have to go back to flip it over to the other side. Maybe that’s what these guys were going for, to piss you off like they are pissed off. They play some fast angry hardcore that borders in on thrash, but doesn’t really go into metal, they stay on the punk side and have a lot of energy on these songs. I was amazed at not only how short they were, but that they were really good songs that made me want to hear them over and over again. Lots of swear words and lots of anger and energy, what more can you want in punk rock. Pretty good production, not super clean, but it worked for these guys. Only 300 pressed, 100 on red, 100 on black and 100 on transparent vinyl. (Rick Ecker)
THE DUI’S play great, fun drunk punk that has giant size choruses that are made for singing along to and they tear up their side of this single. Great playing and singing just made this a ton of fun to listen to and these guys really had some good production as well. AMERICAN DEAD play very similar punk rock to THE DUI’S, but they add a bit of rock with their punk on the last song of theirs. “The Price You Pay” was a really good song that had more depth than what I was expecting when I first put this single on. These guys really played good with the fast punk and the rock song that they did and both songs were top-notch. This single is a tie for me, both bands played really well, had great songs, great singers and it was a cool listening experience. This is out on 300 hand numbered colored vinyl, 100 transparent, 100 gold and 100 glow in the dark. (Rick Ecker)
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After thirty years, sole original member Lee Ving decided to redo the seminal album FEAR THE RECORD, and although he has a capable and talented band, his vocals don’t hit the same highs as they did back then, but that can be expected after all these years. Really, this was good if you have never heard the original, but they can’t reach the same sense of power and energy that the original album did back then. It bothered me that Ving changed the words to his songs, in “New York’s Alright” he dropped the lyric about homosexuals which for a band that never cared about offending anyone in the past to do this was weak. The band plays the songs with a lot of energy, but that spark isn’t there like it was in the beginning, and I really had a hard time with this album being remade, I would have preferred a live album or a remastered version of the original with some added tracks instead of this. I love this band, I remember getting their first album and rushing home to play it, but this is not as good sadly, but if you are interested, pick it up for the clean sound that this has and to keep Ving in beer. (Rick E.)
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.