Saturday, May 28, 2016

Album Review: Repeater + 3 songs

Album:Repeater (+ 3 Songs)
Band: Fugazi
Genre: Post Hardcore
Duration: 42:41
Rating: 8.2/10

   Though Fugazi's debut album may not have major anthems such as "Waiting Room" or "Margin Walker", but in my opinion it is Fugazi's best album. Since I am reviewing the CD version, I will also include the bonus EP 3 Songs. This album is mainly great because of it's strong melodies in songs like "Turnover". The guitar parts are flashy, but not in a show-offy hard rock way, they are just very prominent, as are the bass lines. Interestingly, the bass lines sound more upbeat, while the guitar parts are darker sounding, which creates Fugazi's signature sound. Guy Picciotto and Ian Mackaye's vocals are very good as well, and they add an essential element to the melodies in the songs. The drumming is very funk inspired, as it is very rhythmic and not just a human metronome. The lyrics on the album are very poetic and intriguing, because they usually mean what you wouldn't think they do. In particular, the lyrics to (my personal favorite track on the album) "Shut the Door" are very perplexing. 3 Songs pretty much sounds exactly like Repeater, except the songs are a tad bit more rhythmic and percussive, especially in the song "Song #1". The production on both the album and the EP is great, because i is perfectly clear, and it is nearly flawless. Overall, Repeater + 3 Songs is a fantastic album and should appeal to any kind of music fan due to its attracting sound.

Strongest Tracks: "Turnover", "Repeater", "Merchandise", "Blueprint", "Shut the Door", "Greed". "Song #1", "Break in"

Weakest Tracks: "Joe #1", "Brendan #1",  

Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Fallen Hero

Today I read that Megadeth ex-drummer Nick Menza passed away yesterday at age 51. In case you didn't know, Menza played on most of Megadeth's best albums such as Rust in Peace and Countdown to Extinction. He died onstage with the band he recently joined called Ohm. This really sucks, as this stops Dave Mustaine from ever reforming a Rust in Peace era megadeth reunion. RIP Nick Menza.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

So I read about this...!





Heck yeah! This is freaking awesome! I am very surprised and I can't wait to hear what they'll sound like.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Album Review: Bedtime For Democracy

Album: Bedtime For Democracy
Band: Dead Kennedys
Genre: Hardcore Punk, Post Punk
Duration: 49:21
Rating: 8.9/10
  
The Dead Kennedys final studio album (before the glorious compilation Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death) is a hidden gem in DK's discography. No, it doesn't have the amazing influence of Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, and it is nothing amazingly groundbreaking, but that's nothing bad. This album is different from the previous 3 Dead Kennedys albums, but in a good way. It has a more fast, hardcore sound similar to the In God We Trust Inc. ep. Some of these songs are faster than any hardcore band ever played, with near blastbeats and fast, noisy guitar riffs. This is probably one of the most humorous DK albums as well, especially the joke track "A Commercial" that makes fun of the then-popular MTV. When you hear Jello Biafra yell "Take this Job and Shove it!" when you press play, you know that you are going to hear an awesome album. Some of the lyrics even crack fun at the hardcore and punk scene itself, with the (probably for the first time in their career) non satirical "Chickenshit Conformist" and (the even more relevant nowadays) "Anarchy for Sale". I love the length of this album as well, as there are a total of 21 songs. Though most songs on this album are around 1 minute and 30 seconds, some tracks clock in at 5 minutes. The album has bursts of about 4 or 5 blazing hardcore songs, and then breaks it up with a slower, more melodic song. However, that doesn't mean that the faster songs aren't sort of melodic either. In "Take This Job and Shove it", there is a small melody in the chorus. The album artwork could be a tad better, because it isn't as drawing in as the statement on the album cover to Plastic Surgery Disasters, but if you look close at it, there is a lot of satirical humor. This album is proof that you should never judge a book by it's cover. Overall, this is definitely not a DK album to overlook just because it isn't a fan favorite. I personally believe that I have stumbled over a hidden gem in the punk world by one of the most popular punk bands in the punk community, and I would highly recommend it.

Strongest tracks: All of them!

 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Album Review: Gorilla Biscuits EP

Album: Gorilla Biscuits
Band: Gorilla Biscuits
Genre: Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge Punk
Duration: 11:17 (without bonus tracks)
Rating: 8.0/10

  GB's debut EP has many great moments on it. The band sounds very raw and angry on this recording. They definitely sound much more punk on this EP than on their album Start Today, which has more of a crossover thrash influence. The vocals are good, but there is an occasional cringe when CIV's voice cracks as he hits a higher note or screams (the guys in this band were really young when they recorded this EP). The guitar riffs are really cool, especially on "Big Mouth" and "Hold Your Ground". The bass line on "High Hopes" is also really catchy. The one track on this album that I feel is pointless however is "GM2". The song is only a few seconds long, and it is an instrumental. The bonus songs are okay, but the demo tracks at the end are very interesting, because you get to see the songs in a more skeletal, even more raw form. The album cover is very funny, as it has a gorilla in a sports jacket standing in the middle of a street.  The production is very perplexing, because if you put it on a cheaper sound quality player, it sounds like crap. But if you put it on a better CD player with better headphones, the production sounds very cool and it adds a whole new tone to some of the songs. Overall, this is not an EP to forget when you don't have much time to listen to music.

Strongest Tracks: "High Hopes", "Big Mouth", "Hold Your Ground", "Finish what you Started"

Weakest Tracks: "GM2", "Sitting Around at Home"