Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Minor Threat "It Follows"

I like that part where there's a palm mute on the guitar towards the end and Ian kind of talks.

Monday, June 27, 2016

I think OFF! couldn't have more simple merch

This is a cool patch, I just wish OFF! had better merch and more artwork on their stuff. Kinda like Black Flag did.

Youth Brigade "Sink With Kalifornija"

Even though Youth Brigade is one of the most generic hardcore bands, this song sounds really different from a lot of other stuff. I like the end part.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

Album Review: "Gig"

Album: "Gig"
Band: Circle Jerks
Genre: Hardcore Punk
Year of Release: 1992
Duration: 42:42
Label: Porterhouse Records
Rating: 7.0/10

     I've never exactly been a huge fan of live albums, but "Gig" from the Circle Jerks is actually pretty okay. The songs don't sound too different from the studio recordings, just a tad bit sloppier. The production is alright. The setlist includes most of the CJ's best songs. The album cover and layout are a little bland (The band's logo is a little bit shrunken), but it is out of print, so it makes something about the album seem special. If you want to know what the Circle Jerks are all about, then this is a good album to check out, because it has a very good tone on it. The Circle Jerks aren't a dark angry and disturbing band, like fellow L.A. hardcore band band Black Flag, and they aren't super intelligent and artistic like The Germs or X. The thing that makes The Circle Jerks who they are is humor and sarcasm. That is very apparent on this album, as Keith Morris adds some words to some songs, such as "Mrs. Jones". His commentary before and after songs is also rather amusing, such as at the end of "Wild in the Streets". I do enjoy the length of the album, as many of the band's studio albums are very short, usually under 30 minutes. I don't really have much to say about this album as far as how good it is. Its nothing spectacular or groundbreaking, but if you're a hardcore Circle Jerks fan or you just want a compilation with the best songs from the band, then "Gig" is for you. 

Strongest Tracks: "World up My Ass", "Beverly Hills", "Wild in the Streets", "Beat Me Senseless", "Mrs. Jones", "Coup D'etat", "In Your Eyes", "Deny Everything"

Weakest Tracks: "Letter Bomb", "I Don't", "High Price on our heads"

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Album Review: All Hallows EP

Album: All Hallows EP
Band: AFI
Genre: Horror Punk
Year of Release: 1999
Duration: 13:02
Label: Nitro Records
Rating: 8.9/10

    The All Hallows EP is easily AFI's best EP. It has everything you need for a great EP in a punk band: an epic intro, an awesome cover from a band they were influenced by, a catchy song, and a rage-filled thrasher at the end. When you hear the dark and ominous sounding opening notes to "Fall Children", you know that you are in for something awesome. Then you hear singer Davey Havok let out a long scream and the band breaks into a fast, exploding riff. By the end of the song, you are begging for more as you hear a music box slowly end the song. The cover of "Halloween" from the Misfits is fantastic. It is a lot faster, and AFI put their own spin on it. My one complaint about this album is on this track, and its not the song, its the ending. After the last chord is played, you get about two minutes worth of just quiet noise and a harp being played, which wasn't in the original song. The first song on side two, "The Boy who Destroyed the World" is the weakest track on the album, but its not a bad track at all. Its the most melodic number on the album, and the chorus will stick in your head for days at times, but its not as memorable as the closing track. "Totalimmortal" is hands down AFI's best song. It has a kick ass riff, lots of screaming, a semi-independent bass line, and just a great chorus. Moving on to packaging, the album cover is really cool and it suits the album very well. If you have vinyl like I do, then its on orange vinyl, which looks and sounds awesome. AFI's All Hallows EP is not an EP worth skipping.  

Strongest Tracks: "Fall Children", "Halloween", "Totalimmortal"

Weakest Track: "The Boy Who Destroyed the World"

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Album Review: New American Gospel

Album: New American Gospel
Band: Lamb of God
Genre: Groove Metal, Extreme Metal
Label: Prosthetic Records
Year of Release: 2000
Duration: 41:40
Rating: 9.2/10

   After releasing a very underground self titled album under the moniker "Burn the Priest", Lamb of God changed their name to... well, Lamb of God after being mistaken for a satanic metal band. The band didn't soften up whatsoever on their sort-of debut album, however. The transition was similar to what Metallica had done from Kill 'em All to Ride the Lightning. They slowed down a bit, but tried to be heavier in slightly less speedy ways. Though New American Gospel features many face melting moments on it, specifically on tracks like "A Warning" and "Letter to the Unborn", it eliminates some of the strong Death Metal elements of Burn the Priest and replaces them with intense and constantly changing rhythm patterns. Rather than blatantly blasting their way through the album, the band does it in a special Groove Metal style. After owning the CD for nearly two weeks of not going a day without listening to it, I still never see some of the time changes coming. The lyrical content on the album is much darker and angrier than on later Lamb of God Releases. "Terror and Hubris in the House of Frank Pollard" has some of the most unrelentingly dark and mysterious subjects on any Lamb of God album. "A Warning" has a very angry atmospheric vibe to it, with Randy Blythe telling listeners to fear him. The production may not be as good as on, say, Ashes of the Wake, but it kind of adds to the experience, making the album sound like more of a mysterious demo tape. There are many things on this album I heard that countless modern metal bands have totally ripped off. Who hasn't heard a breakdown in a song that doesn't sound like the groove-heavy intro to "The Subtle Arts of Murder and Persuasion"? The drums sound somewhat thin, but like I said, this adds to the experience. The guitar parts are insanely catchy and memorable, but a little bit too memorable. On some songs towards the end of the album, I expect to hear a riff or a rhythm that I heard already, and I hear one very similar to another, making most of the songs sound the same. This was my only tiny problem with the album. Randy Blythe's vocals are very different from future Lamb of God vocals. Rather than over pronouncing the vowels in the words, he only brings out the O's and U's, and sometimes makes the A's sound like O's. I would totally recommend this to a fan of extreme metal or groove metal, and I really like this Kick Ass debut album from Lamb Of God.

Strongest Tracks: "Black Label", "A Warning", "Letter to the Unborn", "In Absence of the Sacred", "Terror and Hubris in the House of Frank Pollard", "The Subtle Arts of Murder and Persuasion", "O.D.H.G.A.B.F.E."

Weakest Tracks: "Pariah", "Confessional"

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Discharge "Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing"

I love the drum intro to this song. Its really climatic, and the chorus is really memorable and sticks in your head.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Album Review: Everything Went Black

Album: Everything Went Black
Band: Black Flag
Genre: Hardcore Punk
Year of Release: 1982
Duration: 1:02:29 
Rating: 9.0/10

   Everything went Black is a fantastic compilation of unreleased Black Flag recordings from their pre-Rollins era. I usually don't care much for compilations of unreleased material, but this is an amazing album to listen to. If you are familiar with the band's debut first Damaged and/or their EP Jealous Again, then you will know most of the songs on this album, as the majority of the songs on here are also found on those recordings. The only song on here that isn't on any other Black Flag release is "I don't Care". The first nine songs on the album are sung by Keith Morris, Black Flag's original singer. Its nice to hear more Black Flag recordings with him on vocals, as he was only with the band during the release of their debut EP Nervous Breakdown. These are the strongest tracks on the album, however, like the legendary Nervous Breakdown EP, there is almost no bass at all. This isn't much of a problem though, because it adds to the raw sound of the album. The next five songs on this album are sung by Ron Reyes. These songs are good and I really enjoy Reyes's version of "My Rules". The last ten songs on the album are sung by Dez Cadena, who wasn't particularly my favorite Black Flag singer. The last track on this album isn't an actual song, it is 17 minutes of amusing radio ads for Black Flag's concerts black in the late 70's. Many of these are very funny, especially the first one, in which the life of the average Black Flag fan is pretty much summed up. My only problem with this album is the large number of repeat songs. A lot of the songs are played more than once, so for example, by the time yo hear "Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie" for the third time on the same album, you get kind if tired of it. It is interesting to see how the songs evolved though. I really like this album, and its not just for hardcore Black Flag fans either, as many anthologies of unreleased recordings usually are. Overall, if you like angry Punk Rock with songs under 4 minutes, then this album is definitely for you.

Strongest Tracks: "Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie", "Depression", "Police Story", "My Rules", "No Values", "White Minority", "Damaged I", "Clocked In"

Weakest Tracks: "Damaged II", "Padded Cell"

"Land of Treason"

It took.... 7.... Mother freaking takes to get this right!

Friday, June 3, 2016

So Here's everything I got at Amoeba Today!

I bought New American Gospel from Lamb of God, Everything Went Black from Black Flag, Reinventing the Steel from Pantera, and Gig from the Circle Jerks.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

I'm going to this labrynth tommorow!

XD its gonna be freaking awesome!

Well This is Disturbing

I read that the whereabouts of the lady on this album cover and who she is are unknown. That kinda creeps me out. 

Black Flag "Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie"

This is probably my favorite song off of Damaged. I like the chorus, and Henry Rollins sounds better than any other Black Flag singer has on this track.