Sonntag, 30. März 2014

News: Concert announcements.

Hey folks, just a short info post for you presenting you some flyers of concerts that take place in the near future. Okay, nothing left to say about it, here are the flyers, and if you find any concert where you want to go to and also can and will do so then I wish you a great time:

Live on stage in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony/Germany at the 13th of April 2014 in the B58 youth center/live music club.
(If you go there we will probably meet.)

Live on stage in Goslar, Lower Saxony/Germany at the 3rd of May 2014 in the B6 youth center/live music club.
(If you go there we will definitely meet there.)

Live on stage in Wuppertal, North Rhine Westphalia/Germany at the 11th of April 2014 in the Live Club Barmen, it is the "MOSH IM TAL VOl. V" festival concert happening.

Live on stage at the 17th of May 2014 somewhere in Central Germany (if you want to know exactly where then you have to wait because it's still to be announced yet.. or just check the next german AFA website... ;-) ...), and presented by the "FEINDKONTAKT" fanzine (and someone else, too, but I don't know the logo) and you have to be eighteen years old to be allowed to attend the concert... why ever...

And also two concerts that will take place in the States:

In Brooklyn, NYC at the 17th and 18th of May 2014 and with one hell of a great billing.
It's a sort of a or the HARDCORE super bowl!!!
I wish I could go there... I you can, then you are a lucky bastard and I honestly wish you fucking great time.
Have fun!!!
Dance hard or die. Oi!

LINE 131
Live on stage at the 12th of April 2014 in Ralphs Rock Diner in Worcester, MA/U.S.A. for seven bucks entry. If you can go there and this is one for you: Have a great time.

Record Reviews October 2013 - March 2014; Record Review Package Part Three: A Traitor Like Judas, Backtrack, Heaven Shall Burn, Killswitch Engage, Krokus, Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals, Pro-Pain, Torture Killer, Ugly Kid Joe.

Uh... three weeks later like primarly planned or so... but anyhow... so it goes: Hey my dear readers, up and coming is the third and maybe final part of the announced record review (package) posts so far (at least definitely for this very month, haha ;-) ...), featuring reviews on a lot of the albums and releases that I simply missed out to review up here (or anywhere else;-)............) since the last record review post up here on this very blog... and this post was back in August 2013... in October 2013 I back then planned to do the next reviews on records and all that stuff... but that's life and now six to seven months passed by before I finally managed to get things done and get my lazy ass up finally again, and so over the last three weeks or so the first two new record review posts came up here, featuring already around twenty-three reviews on, yes, you got it, twenty-three records, and now the third one is going to happen as well. This post is planned to be for now the final post of reviews on records from, if you like to, October 2013 to March 2014, I will see if all the records respectively the reviews on them will find their place in this post. If this should not work, than don't wonder when also a fourth post will come up, if so then maybe again a week after this one or so, we will see, which means anyhow anyway in April. And it will come a next record reviews post in April, in one or two weeks, as soon as I can get it done.

This record reviews (package) post and also the following one in April will more or less nearly totally concentrate on physical releases that I bought or that had been send to me over the timeline distance of the mentioned six or seven months since the last record reviews (package) post of 2013 came up and before the first of 2014 three weeks or so ago finally and really saw the light of day. Beside this I have one more time to say my biggest "THANKS!!!" to the great guys in SUFFER THE PAIN for sending me their phenomenal split release with the BOMBS OF HADES, thanks guys you're great, as well as one more time again to no one else than Brett Hole for sending me a copy of the newest "CASHING IN ON CHRISTMAS" comp on vinyl over the ocean, and not just a copy, nah, but a copy of the test pressing, fuck it, this rules!!! (And it rules even more, because the comp is a very fine brew.) Thanks man!!! Both reviews will come up in April (or so...) and so my dear readers check this blog again from the first weekend in April (again: or so...) if you want to know more about this two albums. Beside this two albums I have also a lot of other stuff in the pipeline for you, so keep your eyes open for it. Okay, now that are enough of the introducing words, now finally straight into the action, yes, so here we go again!!!


(Released in 2013.)
This album is a total killer, fuck it, I mean, if you want modern, melodic and metallic Hardcore, yet totally heavy and dedicated to the true old school spirit of Hardcore then you won't get it better than here on this little silver shining more than golden disc, you won't find anything better than this here, the new A TRAITOR LIKE JUDAS (= ATLJ) album, a true masterpiece and an album with all the potential for becoming in the future what is named a classic, a real and true gem for all those who know. Amazing!!! And not at least: Incredible!!! When I remember my first contact with A TRAITOR LIKE JUDAS more than a decade ago, and then this giant of a band and album today... unbelievable. Back then a boring and terrible bad Metalcore band, boring and lame, and now this. Unbelievable, for sure. Is it me who changed that drastic, or is it the band, A TRAITOR LIKE JUDAS, that became that much better and stronger, or is it a combination of both views on it? Who knows, who cares?!? This is phenomenal, point and fact. I reviewed what I know to be the direct precursor release to "GUERILLA HEART" some years ago up here and also this album was already a total surprise and a damn strong album, a pretty great one, but this here is now something completly different. First of all I should say that the guys in A TRAITOR LIKE JUDAS (I think the singer is the one and only remaining founding member of ATLJ, for all what I know, even I'm anything but too sure about it, so don't take my word on it...) are really damn skilled musicians, and they demonstrate and proof this also with their songwriting abilities. All is incredible energetic, dynamic, grapping, full of tension and filled with interesting as well as totally entertaining twists and turns and other sort of nice surprises like tricky breaks, surrising quick changes of rhythm(s) and pace and mood of the songs, and all this fresh up surprises are absoultely perfect worked into the smooth flow of the songs, no holes, no let downs, just pure energy and attitude formed into music. And this on a damn fucking high level of quality. Just listen to the fantastic guitar work, no matter if you take the heavy riffs or- and this even more- the breath taking leads and melody lines, it's all just pure platinum. Also the guitar playing has a very special very own unique tone of its very own, and this is maybe too hard to describe for me in english and so I won't even try it, sorry, but it is nothing else than great and even far more than this. The lead vocals, a mixture out of shouted and sung vocal parts with some spoken word like parts added up to it, only add to this and are as well as the guitars a real trademark of ATLJ, and are really totally charismatic stuff. The crew back up chant refrains are big, really big, if not larger than life, also a real trademark and with a lot of catchy sing a long potential, thumbs up for this. The rhythm section works perfect, absoultely tight, precise, in time, to the point, and just high skilled and really impressive diverse. And this is also to say about the whole music of ATLJ and it is phenomenal how fast and how great flowing they change in a second the rhythm arrangements, the pace structure, and even the feeling and the mood of the songs, and this all without any holes or annoying disturbing breaks, just totally stand-alone what the guys in ATLJ deliver here. I fucking totally love this shit, amazing stuff!!! I also love the tight and intense atmosphere that they create, this makes their music even more special and gifted. On top of it we get great enthusiastic outspoken lyrics by this vegan Straight Edge "PETA(2)" supporters from the politically correct left wing, anyhbow, and I really cheer up to their lyrics and in contrast to a band like for example HEAVEN SHALL BURN they know how to write really strong critical lyrics that refuse any sort of cheap cliché and that also denys and refuses, thank the mighty Buddha for this, any cheap cliché bullshit "Rise up, all you damned of the world!" lyrics that are unfortunately so typical for left wing bands that of course have a lot of right and just things to say but that preach by far too often and tell everyone how the world should be to be a good one (and to make it more precise: to be more or less the only good one which means the one and only good one because they define waht is good and what not) and this too often with crappy cliché lyrics that are also in exact the same way used by far right wing bands, especially in our time and age. No, thankfully ATLJ know and also do it better, and that's great and matches also perfect to the songs and the music. Also we get a absoultely beautiful artwork, as well as a thundering heavy yet clear and very melodic production sound, In short: One of the best modern melodic metallic Hardcore release to date and this also pretty sure for years to come. It won't get better than this, it simply can't be anyway, point and fact. Two last things: A big "Thank you!" kiss goes out to my beloved girlfriend who made me this CD a christmas gift last year, and a big "THANX!!!" goes out to the band ATLJ for simply creating this beautiful shining gem of a brilliant album. Definitely an album to look out for being ranked up high in my top ten list for 2013.I simply just love it, period.  A really amazing album, definitely. HARDCORE!!! FIST!!! /// Andy
(10 of 10 points)
(Copy this link into your browser and then simply just go there:

(Released in 2013, I think by the late end of it.)
Wow, and here we have what I would name a clear and total statement. BACKTRACK had been hyped pretty much when they came pretty much from out of nowhere (at least to me) with their last album (what was, at least for what I know) also their debut album some years ago. Back then I did not really understand all this hype around them. Their last one was everything but bad, hell no, a good album for sure, and I reviewed it also back then up here some years or so ago, so truly a good album but nothing more (even also nothing less), but if you ask me no reason after all to cheer them up that enthusiastically like a lot of folks and medias did back then. And now, okay, here we have their newest one... and it totally rules, and this totally supreme, point and fact. This is heavy moshing, energetic forward pushing, harsh shredding and mercyless grooving New Old School Hardcore with heavy and strong NYHC influences and some nice Old School Trash Metal impressions here and there, a album that should please fans of TERROR and WARHOUND as well as fans of MADBALL, BIOHAZARD, and AGNOSTIC FRONT, too. And they do it all with a nice own approach to and mark on it all so that today they finally really stick out of the countless mass of bands that today try to do this style and sound also, and you know that there numbers are legion. And BACKTRACK really manage to stick out of this faceless mass. This is in huge parts due to the very charismatic dry throated and in some parts in some way very much spoken lead vocals that are damn charismatic and sound totally authentic. Also in huge parts this is due to the very dry and earthy guitars and the massive grooving approach of most of the songs that mosh and groove in a chuggling way ahead without becoming only high speed shredding assaults. The songs are filled with heavy guitars that are in a great way really diverse and varying quite a bit, with that already mentioned fantastic lead vocals, and with a no prisoners taking mercyless rhythm section going precise in time and totally on point to work, ah, and not to forget the massive gang back ups and the great refrain parts. Also we should not forget to mention that the guys in BACKTRACK are really good musicians and that they deliver it all wrapped up into grapping and high energy songwriting that is also nicely varying and diverse so that nothing gets boring, and the whole music is fucking intense, and especially due to the fact that the moshing grooves really stick out and shine bright, and they have some grapping and also nicely surprising rhythm arrangements settled together that also simply just rule. Strong lyrics, a absoultely fantastic artwork (this album needs to be released on vinyl, period), and also a powerful production sound we get on top of it making this album to the complete package. BACKTRACK, yes, today really a band with a own style and sound and especially a band of the highest quality, and one of the best current Hardcore bands around, definitely, top musicians, top songwriters, one hell of an album filled with great music and great lyrics, and all full of energy and attitude without end. So, in short: Get it, period!!! HARDCORE!!! FIST!!! /// Andy
(10 of 10 points)
(Copy this link into your browser and then simply just go there:

(Released in 2013.)
Oh man, looking at this CD remains me for how long this blog was laid to rest before it came back to live more or less just two or three weeks ago... Bought this disc for a damn low price of just 4,99 Euro last summer, after one or two months before this day I listened to this album when I got my so far last tattoo and Björn, my tattoo artist, played it constantly during our session and we both celebrated it heavily and enthusiastically. (And fuck it, but I seperately really get some new fresh ink being put in my skin, damn it, it's really about time for it...!!!) And to say it clear and precise, personally for me this is clearly the strongest album ever or so far of HEAVEN SHALL BURN (= HSB) from start to end. I was never that big fan of HEAVEN SHALL BURN, to me they had always been a incredible strong by far too overrated and overly hyped trendy Mall Metal band for Wanker and Emo kiddies who want to listen to Metal but haven't got the balls to stand for it and listen to the real shit and instead of this they listened to trendy hyped bands like HSB to still act cool and hip to the mainstream, and in my book was and still is all and everything that they released before their "ANTIGONE" titled album incredibly drastically overrated, hm, okay, but also the stuff that they've released since then never gained that much points in my book, but this all finally changed with this giant monument of an album. Hm, btw, and if there are still any guys outta there who call this Metalcore or maybe even Hardcore: Clean your ears and do some homework this is nothing else than Death Metal, so simple is it, point and fact. Death Metal of the modern and also melodic but yet still really fucking hard and damn heavy way and good old Sverige "Sunlight" Death Metal as well as the great ones of old like first and foremost the almighty and legendary BOLT THROWER had been surely clear and strong influences for HEAVEN SHALL BURN (like also before in their career, but this time they do it simply better than ever before), but they do it all in their pretty own way, and this in a through and through positive sense very modern. They create a lot of tension with their grapping arrangements and the simply damn well done compositions of the different songs with their tight and rousing atmosphere. Huge and mighty guitars delivering full power riffing and also leads and solos with goosepimple quality, and not to talk about the massive stunning and all and everything down into the ground crushing rhythm section of bass and drums, and then the guttural grunted and aggressive screamed lead vocals crown this all. Large melodies, brutal rhythms and devastating grooves, all goes hand in hand here on this one, which includes clever changes of the pace of the songs, includes this too. The songs are also done in a very hymnal way, just listen to the great arranged refrains. And that the guys in HEAVEN SHALL BURN are really damn well-versed musicians as well as very smart and skilled songwriters should be clear for anyone anyhow. If you like Death Metal, modern, melodic, hymnal... heavy, then you will love this album for sure - and for very good reasons. On top of it we get a fantastic artwork, a powerful great production sound, and a bunch of oh so revolutionary and militant leftist and especially terrible politically correct lyrics... no problem with that anyhow, but maybe you should start to think for a second or two what your Weltanschauung is really all about when you create lyrics that are pretty much just nothing else than feverish day dreams filled with fantasy violence/violent fantasies of the damned of the earth (who this may ever be) rising up and slaying their oppressors... even there are surely perhaps more than enough assholes out there who would well deserve to be slayed it's pretty characteristic when you write down such stuff that could have been also done by NS HC bands like for example MOSHPIT when you proclaim to stay on the total other side of the fence. Maybe there are really logical and good reasons that todays modern time NS Hipsters listen to your music beyond the fact that they are maybe also just fans of your music, maybe because also "their bands" sing the same stuff so that they move on familiar ground and soil... Hm, but who am I to judge or anything like this... Okay, anyhow anyway, if they just would have cutted off some of the "loose ends" here and there this very album here would now get the highest rating but also this is a great album. As well as an album that is clearly and highly/strongly recommended to you outta there, without any doubts. Cheers folks. /// Andy
(9 of 10 points)
(Don't ask me why Blogger still refuses to post this as a link, but fuck it, just copy this line into your browser and then go there:

(Released in 2013.)
It was more or less totally by accident, that I stumbled upon this one, the new KILLSWITCH ENGAGE album. By the end of the last year my girlfriend and I were doing our christmas shoppings and there in a record or better multi media store I saw this album for a very low price, something like 5,00 to 7,00 Euros or so I think, don't remember it correct. Saw it and thought that this is really a new KILLSWITCH ENGAGE album, and then wondered why and how I lost this band totally from my radar screen. After I just started to become a fan of them pretty late with their "AS DAYLIGHT DIES" album six to seven years ago (it was released in 2006 I guess) and then their self-titled album some less years ago even convinced me a bit more... and then I totally lost them out of sight. Okay, troubled times it had been and so on, hm, so that could be a good reason for loosing bands out of sight like in this case KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, hm, at least to me it sounds like a proper reason. Anyhow, now here's their new album, released some time in 2013 via "ROADRUNNER RECORDS", and for all what I know it's their newest one since their already mentioned self-titled album from 2009, and they also have a new vocalist/singer on board in their ranks. Okay, asked the mighty google gods for the reasons why and so on and on and decided to say just "However." to me, myself, and I and then I only focussed on "DISARM THE DECENT", the still newest and all in all sixth full length studio album of/by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. And now here I am, writing my review on it down for you. First of all and to get this straight right from the start: I fucking love this album, point and fact. The new singer is a perfect match with his very diverse and skilled lead singing voice covering a wide distance from deep grunts and hysteric screams over aggressive and heavy shouts to just brilliant and phenomenal shining charismatic clean and clear emotional yet powerful "real" singing, it's all there and this also with a own touch so that Jesse Leach, the new singer, simply just sounds like Jesse Leach himself and not like a copy of the great Howard Jones, and you know what, righty right, he's at least as great as his phenomenal precursor man on the mic of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. And also I get the feeling, that KILLSWITCH ENGAGE as a whole sound more fresh and energetic, more aggressive and heavier, and also somehow somewhat like younger than before on this very album here and my impression is that this is not at least due to Jesse Leach's fantastic performance. Beside the new phenomenal lead singer/vocalist we have of course also the just breath taking guitar work delivered by two of the greatest active and also two of the strongest ever guitar players that unleash song for song one hell of an inferno of a stand-alone, skilled, and just bright shining phenomenal festival of guitar playing as a form of real art, so diverse, so multi-layered, so varying, so passionated, so heartfelt and full of emotions, and still all also so tight, precise, to the point, and damn heavy that it will simply just leave you with your mouth open, your ears ringing for good, your eyes shining, and you being totally breathless. For describing the fantastic songwriting we can simply use the mentioned terms, too, and also add some more to this list: Multi-layered, diverse, varying, passionate, heartfelt, emotional, atmospheric, still damn tight, precise, flowing, to the point, full of surprises, of great twists and turns, totally grapping and really interesting to listen to. This is just damn great, and even more than this. That this guys are also one hell of a bunch of skilled and talented musicians should be clear and so I just say it for the record here, ah, and that this also counts for the massive stunning rhythm section that's a true full power machinery at their most precise work should be also clear and is here and now also just said for the record by me. On top of it we get also great lyrics, a really beautiful artwork, and just a full points production sound. I love it. Each single song rules, but if I should have to name my favorites it would be "BEYOND THE FLAMES", "TURNING POINT", "ALWAYS", "YOU DON'T BLEED FOR ME", "THE NEW AWAKENING", and the larger than life "NO END IN SIGHT". One of the very best modern Metal bands with one of the very best Metal albums in and probably also for years, so just go and buy it if you should have missed it so far. Clearly one of the very best albums of 2013 in my book. Get it!!! Love it!!! /// Andy
(10 of 10 points)
(Copy this link into your browser and then simply just go there:

(Released in 2013.)
That's what I call Hardrock, period. Dirty, loud, proud, earthy, hard eged, shapr hitting and cutting, dust dry and bone shaking heavy, bluesy and hymnal by great grooving heavy guitars, dirty and nasty, dominated hard hitting Rock & Roll the traditional way brewed. KROKUS are around for quite a long while now and still they play their music the way this kind of music was and still is meant to be played, to say it short and precise: This is Hard Rock, point and fact. And, btw, that they are incredible strong influenced by the almighty AC/DC should be known more than just well. I mean, haha, any AC/DC fan, especially of the old school Bon Scott days, will also love KROKUS, because their new smasher "DIRTY DYNAMITE" here is sort of a AC/DC tribute album with KROKUS' own songs. So don't expect anything new and also not that much of a that clear and that strong own identity after all, so much honesty should be allowed. But I think KROKUS never cared for this, they do and play what they love to do and play and what matters most in the end: They do it without a single doubt really damn strong, period. And as long as the original still remains abscent I take a damn strong copy all the time and embrace it enthusiastically, to say it this way. Heavy marching and skull cracking stomping rhythms, a powerful bass and thundering drumming, dirty and heavy, dry and earthy, rumbling and grooving guitar playing on a strong level cultivated with great leads and fresh solos, loud band chantings, large refrains, and a sawing and cutting dirty and snotty lead singing voice, this are the ingredients of the bluesy old school yet fucking fresh Hard Rock of KROKUS, clearly and unshamed in the tradition of AC/DC. And you know what? I love it! Cool lyrics, perfect production sound, and a fantastic artwork, what could ya ask more for. Any Hard Rock and AC/DC fan outta there should get this nice little gem, clearly recommended, without a doubt, so don't think twice and instead of this better get it as soon as possible if you're into this stuff. This is a totally enteratining album that simply just brings a lot of pleasure and is great fun to listen to it from start to finsih, it gives really a great time. I simply just really like it, period. Cheers and ROCK ON!!! /// Andy
(8 of 10 points)
(Just copy this links into the headline of your browser and then go there: +

(Released during the autumn of 2013.)
The great and mighty Phil Anselmo is back, the voice of the almighty and forever immortalized PANTERA, back with a new band, with his new band: PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS. I know also of a split release that they released earlier than this one here, their for all what I know first proper full length album. (Don't ask me anything about the split, I just saw the CD back then for one time in my local record store but wasn't sure if I should buy it or not and after I was in a hurry I didn't had the time to check it out right in the store and so I left without it, and then that's it, didn't saw it again since then, so I can't tell you anything about it, not with who the split was with, nothing about the songs, or anything else, sorry, but that's how it is.) When I then some time in the autumn of the last year 2013 finally saw this album here in my local record store I surely hadn't to think twice, I just grabbed and bought it. Phil Anselmo is maybe one of the most influential musicians ever for me in and of my life, because PANTERA had a giant, a really giant impact on me in more than just one way or sense. And so, when they splitted it hit me, not to talk about the murder of Dimebag Darrel (R.I.P.) but that's another story. The bands that Phil Anselmo did after PANTERA had been ups and downs, but esepcailly DOWN (okay, okay, okay, I know, in no way a "after"-PANTERA band, but let us forget this here and now, it's not important) and also ARSON ANTHEM truly ruled (and rule) in a supreme way. And when I saw this disc the artwork reminded me of ARSON ANTHEM and so I grabbed it, haha, so simple can things sometimes be in life. First of all: I don't know why the fuck everyone out there compares this album to/with PANTERA?!? This is bullshit. Just because Phil Anselmo sings here and it is heavy and intense music, this is all what you need to write and scream PANTERA and close your review books?!? Come on, put some work in and pay some attention to the music, you stupid nutjobs, or stop doing and writing reviews on records promptly, point and fact. Surely, here and there some PANTERA influences are to be noticed, but this is more a rarity, because PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS march in a  different, in their own direction, and that's a fact. Ah, and btw, here in Germany this CD was sold with a sticker on it where Mille Petrozza/KREATOR was cited, and this quote said that this album would be a mixture out of PANTERA and SLAYER... WTF?!? Mister Petrozza should wash and clean his ears before he listens to music or should listen to it anyhow first before he says something... and when he anyhow has no clue he should better remain silent. Okay, anyhow, I can imagine that especially the label won't feel uncomfortable with it because out of comparisions to/with PANTERA you surely can still make some easy money, even more when no one else than Phil Anselmo himself is on board of the band, but honestly, come on, at least when you do reviews on music you should really pay the music more attention and give it your respect, if not then stop reviewing music even when this means that you finally have to buy your records again by yourself with your own money and not getting your album send for free to you for writing reviews on it. So, enough said and enough puked my heart out, now to my view on and of it, so here we go: This album is extreme and intense in every sense, and I mean really extreme and intense. It left me confused and sort of cowed and also totally overwhelmed when I listened to it for the first, the second, the third, and also the fourth time I listened to it. Then I decided to let it lie beside for a while, it was sort of a silent discussion between me, myself, and I without any again(st) words, and so with a not knowing what to do with it and think of it I let it lie around for some time. But then some days later somehow from out of nowhere I started suddenly to sing the refrain lines of the title track "WALK THROUGH EXITS ONLY" again and again. I thought: "What the hell...?!?" But then I stopped asking myself what was going on and from where this suddenly came and just grabbed the disc, put it in my stereo, cranked up the volume, laid back... and let the music, the art unfold its spirit and do its effect... and then it made click, and how it made click, it bombed right through. Extreme and intense and emotional as well as heavy, aggressive, and brutal offside any comparision or rivalry. Sinsiter Metal, rotten Hardcore, but most of all sick and brutal, heavy and extreme, harsh and aggressive Sludge, and all deep and intense. More EYE HATE GOD and (old'n'early) CROWBAR and also more ARSON ANTHEM than PANTERA, far more. Sludge Metal/Core of the most fucked up and most harsh kind. And, to say it one more time again: This is really extreme music(k), and incredible intense music(k), too. And maybe we should definitely talk better of musick than just music, and when I say musick I mean muSICK. Okay, to classify this album Sludge is also not correct, but somewhere in the middle between sick and twisted Metal, brutal and fucked up Sludge, violent and reduced to the basic evil and hate filled Hardcore, and "THE GREAT SOUTHERN TRENDKILL" of PANTERA you will find PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS beating some lowlife trendy shitfaces to pulp. Crushing and skullsmashing guitars that build up massive walls of riffs and also a nearly hypnotic spirit that flows in a violent raging way through the songs mark the musick as well as, of course, the totally charismatic and stand-alone lead vocals delivered by the mighty if not almighty Phil Anselmo himself, also of course, and he never sounded that brutal and pissed off like here before, it also adds up a lot to the extreme and intense atmosphere of the musick, the songs, and the whole album. The devastating rhythm section then leaves no holes, no rooms, no blank space, it really ''just'' makes it all more massive and stunning, it is amazing how intense this shit here gets more and more over the complete running time of the album. And also some special sick handmade Special Effects (that's or in that way it is also officialy named) come into play, enriching it all even more. Just amazing. And awesome. The musicians are all very skilled ones and the songwriting is simply just phenomenal, it is intense and grapping, hypnotic and just very smart and clever compiled and arranged, and what they do especially great and even far more than this is how they use stoic hammering beatings in a sort of a monotonous but still grapping and not boring way to the point where it really starts to hurt and then do it even a bit longer and just in the right time right before you feel like you can't take it anymore they totally break it down, tear down the walls, and without any breaks or fractures in the musick something else happens right at the right time, they totally know how to irritate right shortly direct to the point at where it all is enough and right before things get really hurting they stop, and they totally stop, and then in a second something else happens and this all without any fractures or anything like this. Not only they build a lot of tension and take it all to the extreme with this, but they also create a damn entertaining even demanding ride through the chaos. It's a phenomenal album by phenomenal guys creating musick of their very own, I simply just love it, period. The great lyrics, as well as the sinister and perfect matching artwork and the rotten yet fucking stunning heavy production sound just add up to this all, to this all what clearly is one of the best and strongest albums of 2013. Okay, I think this review here is already long enough and I also think that I have said it all what I had to say to "WALK THROUGH EXITS ONLY" of PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, and so I will close this review here and now with the following final words: If you are into really extreme and truly intense musick then don't think twice and just do yourself a huge, huge favour and go out and buy this fantastic album promptly, period!!! Cheers and play it loud. /// Andy
(10 of 10 points)
(Just copy this links into the headline of your browser and then go there: +

(Released by the end of 2013.)
Also the great ones of and in PRO-PAIN released in 2013 their newest album (don't ask me how many they have so far already released, I mean I have them all but I am currently just too lazy to get up and count and also to ask at least the nearly all and everything knowing google gods about it, sorry, but just accept it when I say that they have many out so far), and a new album, a new year, and also again a new label to bring it out (and this time the PRO-PAIN own label "RAWHEAD INC." isn't involved so far anymore, beside the little publisher role, but don't ask me why). This album is released as a normal CD and as a limited extra "fat" CD version, too. I just have the normal CD, the limited one includes beside a "bigger" digi artwork a poster (at least for all what I know) and three exclusive bonus tracks, of which one is a U.K. SUBS cover tune. Not at least because due to this cover tune I was thinking heavily if I should buy the limited version or a copy of the normal one, but after the normal one was sold for already 15,00 Euros and the limited version should cost even 5,00 Euros more I decided that 20,00 Euros for just one CD is ridiculous and I grabbed a copy of the normal one. Ah, and also I usually don't pin up band posters on the walls of our flat anymore, I guess I'm really growing old more and more. ;-) So if you want to get a review on the limited version I am sorry but then you have to look somewhere else than here. I always loved PRO-PAIN and if you read this blog already for a while they are one of the bands that I consider to be one of the most important bands to me ever. So it should be clear that I am sort of a fan, a nerd of their pretty specific PRO-PAIN own version of Metal influenced trashing New York born Hardcore, and over their twenty-two years of existence during which they released at least around fourteen albums (plus best of, live, and cover albums as well, not included in the fourteen mentioned full length studio albums) and toured their ass off I basically hold them always dear and close to my heart. While a lot of ignorant thrash talkers always preach that PRO-PAIN would sound all the same over all the years and albums that is simply not right, just open your ears and listen to all the songs and albums and you will find a lot of changes, silent ones as well as pretty drastic ones, so that it is simply wrong to denounce PRO-PAIN as a cheap themselves off rippin' farce of a band, that's bullshit talking by cowardly and ignorant thrash talking scumbags, period. A stale band they had never been and they hopefully will never be(come). They have created over the years their very own style and sound of music and they stick to and with it, true to it, but thankfully they never repeated themselves so far, unlike a lot of other in most cases much more hyped bands outta there that fail even in releasing simply just two albums that don't sound exactly the same. Not to talk about fourteen albums in twenty-two years. Sure over the years they released weaker and stronger albums and when they turned more and more Metal some years ago I had some hard times with their then new albums, but beside their "NO END IN SIGHT" and "ABSOLUTE POWER" albums they never dissapointed me after all, and with their "STRAIGHT TO THE DOME" album they created and unleashed a late masterpiece two years ago with all the potential for becoming a future classic, and, to be honest, at least I did not thought that they would be able to do this after their two directly above mentioned pretty weak and all in all more dissapointing than satisfying albums that they released right before "STRAIGHT TO THE DOME". And now here's their so far still newest full length album, "THE FINAL REVOLUTION", released by the very end of 2013. And you know what? They conquer totally, they did it again!!! It is at least as strong as "STRAIGHT TO THE DOME", "THE FINAL REVOLUTION" is one hell of an album, full of crushing and cracking rhythms, grooves, and tempo outbursts that will make your head bang hard and your whole body mosh even harder. Devastating guitars, full throttle drumming, boneshaking bass, and above all Gary Meskils brutal charismatic lead singing voice to mark the songs even more than the before mentioned trademarks. The nicely diverse songwriting is again very strong, veteraned, well-versed, and skilled, yet fresh and grapping, interesting and entertaining. If you are in love with heavy guitar riffs, brutal and yet sort of diverse and especially very charismatic shouted lead vocals, everything crushing rhythm work, mosh and groove as well as every resistance down taking full throttle power and force, then you will love PRO-PAIN, and if you are a fan of M.O.D./S.O.D. you will love them too, for sure, trust me. Great lyrics we get on top of it, political, critical, and outspoken but also personal and no scene glorification bullshit, no, instead of this we get the real deal and that is all good and fine with me. The dirty yet incredible heavy production sound matches perfect to/with the music, and the artwork is pretty fine... even I failed in understanding this Pit Bull goes Che Guevara cover motif so far but who knows maybe enlightment will hit me one day. Don't know what to write here and now more, I mean they are around for twenty two years and released around fourteen albums, so I would bet that you know them already, no matter if you are a fan of them or not, so I won't try to convince anyone and I will spare me every word more here and now, instead of this I will now simply close this review with my last words for now: "THE FINAL REVOLUTION" rules in a supreme way and I can only highly recommend this pretty sure more or less soon to be a classic album to you here and now, point and fact, so get it. HARDCORE!!! FIST!!! /// Andy
(10 of 10 points)
(Copy this link into your browser and then just go there:

(Released in 2013.)
Nice one that I stumbled upon pretty much by accident and that I then took with me not at least because of the fact that the great cover artwork awaked my hunger for it and also because it was damn cheap, the local record store sold it for what reasons ever for just 2,50 Euros and so I really haven't to think twice about buying it or not. I mean, I did buy it, what did you think?!? And so here now comes my review on it. First of all, one look at the cover says it all: Metal. Right. And even more precise: Death Metal. Hell yeahr. TORTURE KILLER, before totally unknown to me, play a very Old School Style of (American) Death Metal like it was founded once by OBITUARY and made more famous then later on especially by SIX FEET UNDER. And thankfully they play it more in the way SIX FEET UNDER used to sound before they became a ridiculous farce, so especially "HAUNTED" and "WARPATH" are albums that are in some ways comparable to what TORTURE KILLER do here on "PHOBIA". And also thankfully, and this even more, they play it all still pretty much independently so that they are in no way sort of a SIX FEET UNDER ripp off band or a copy'n'paste OBITUARY clone. Okay, any real big inventions or any sort of re-inventing the wheel you won't find here, but that's all good and fine with me and it was surely also not a little bit the aim of TORTURE KILLER, so it's even more good and fine with me. That this is no "new crazy thing", pfffff, who cares, what anyone should care far more about is simply the fact that this is really some fucking strong and good shit. Old School Death Metal full of sick and morbid, heavy stunning, harsh shredding, brutal and hypnotizing and moshy groovy guitar riffing that's cultivated with great leads and cool done solos. What makes my thumbs even more go up is the pretty strong diversity that the guitars pack into their play without tearing open any holes or breaks in the flow of the songs, you just have to listen a little bit more attentional and you get tons of great nice ideas somewhere between Doom Metal, Thrash Metal, and sick and rotten Old School graveyard Death Metal. Some of the leads (yes, especially the leads) and solos, too, are also heavily influenced (or so it seems to me) by old METALLICA and old MEGADETH, and this done also without copying that greatest masters of old (maybe just worshippin' them here and there for good and justified reasons a little bit and all on a very high level of quality), as well as in general Old School U.S. Thrash Metal left good strong marks in the music of TORTURE KILLER. Beside the already described guitars are the brutal guttural grunt vokillz the biggest trademark of the musick of TORTURE KILLER, deep and brutal, guttural grunted and aggressive spitted and puked into the mic, tone and style pretty near to the legendary Chris Barnes (SIX FEET UNDER, and former CANNIBAL CORPSE, too), I love this stuff, especially because they totally add up perfect to the sick and morbid rotten atmosphere of the msuick of TORTURE KILLER. Then there's still the bulldozer rhythm section, tight, precise in time, hard, heavy, deadly, no prisoners taking and no mercy showing, thumbs up. The music breathes, like already said one or two times, a total sick, morbid, and rotten atmosphere and spirit, like this kind of musick should do better anyhow. The sick and psycho lyrics dealing with death, murder, torture, nightmares, sick illusions, despair, psycho killers, and other sunshine topics like this match perfect to the musick of TORTURE KILLER, as well as the dirty, rotten yet heavy and brutal production sound and the perfect Old School black/white torture and muder artwork do, too. What shall I say/write more here and now, I think I've said it all already, so mosh damn fucking hard and bang that head that doesn't bang. If they just manage to create, to write some really big hits the next time around it will only get even better than what they already deliver here and now with "PHOBIA". But also so anyhow: Clearly recommended, period. Cheers to Torture Metal ;-) . /// Andy
(8 of 10 points)
(Don't ask me why Blogger still refuses to post this as a link, but fuck it, just copy this line into your browser and then go there:

(Released in 2013.)
They are really back!!! I talk about UGLY KID JOE, heroes of my youth!!! :-) Especially their "AMERICA'S LEAST WANTED" masterpiece album was for many, many years on heavy rotation on my stereo and walkman. (Yes, a walkman, tapes and tapetrading and all that stuff, the 1990's man, good old times :-) !!!) Anyway, defunct for years, and now finally back again... and hopefully (much) more will come also in the future. This is the comeback album of the White Thrash Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Heads from the States formed around the still outstanding lead singer Whit Crane. And over the many years they were more or less not existing anymore really a lot used to change, while also a lot remained like it was. Uhhh, cryptic writings... ;-) I mean that UKJ really sticked true to their hard rockin' cool and also very humorous style of Heavy Metal induced Hard Rock with a sort of beer drinking and boobies hailing White Thrash spirit full of great massive rocking guitars and just awesome vocals, while at the same time they drastically enriched their sound with some sort of 1970's Rock influences that are kept and done very fresh and exciting by them and in a way that they sound totally "young" and just incredible heavy and groovy and in a very modern (not anyhow trendy way, just modern up to date) and that's to find maybe less in the way how the guitars are played but more in the tone and vibe of the guitars, as well as they enriched it with far more heavyness and a more serious and also in some parts clearly sinister approach adding up to the sunny (but also always pretty strong ironic-humouristic) party approach for that they always had been known, as well as we also find great done acoustic songs. You may can say that they grew up over the years, if this would just not sound that terrible stale and cliché. But however it may sound, I guess it is true, and this in every positive sense of it, UGLY KID JOE grew up and the kid turned into a man, or something like this. This album is a great mixture out of heavy and angry, sinister and somewhat of cynical songs like the dark and hard'n'heavy stomping opener and title track in disguise "DEVIL'S PARADISE" (a total smasher, very heavy- maybe the most heaviest song UKJ ever wrote- and a hard grooving boneshaking anthem of a song, and a great way of opening this album up), as well as the fatalistic "NO ONE SURVIVES" that shines gloomy and spooky with some slight BLACK SABBATH feeling and that is a very imposing song, also "YOU MAKE ME SICK" must be named here and now because even especially the riffing has a clear old school UKJ spirit but it is done in a pretty sinister light (and this is also to say for the acoustic version of it that is also featured on this disc/album), and also "LOVE AIN'T TRUE!" (featuring Angelo Moore and Dirty Walt, both play in- the to me totally unknown- FISHBONE), even "LOVE AIN'T TRUE" is a very "happy" sounding party song at first it shines in a also pretty fatalistic and fed-up-with-all-and-everything light that dives it in a pretty sinister light despise the happy sunny sounding and playing music. The two remaining new songs are "I'M ALRIGHT" and "ANOTHER BEER" and both songs are really just through and through true shout out loud and sing along to hymns of songs. Especially "I'M ALRIGHT", lyricwise also a pretty fatalistic song out of the middle of the life of a desillusioned suburban white thrash blue collar life-style, is a more than great song that totally rules especially because of the arrangements of the verses as well as the refrain and also because of the great guitar riffing that is a total bomb, thumbs way up high for it. "ANOTHER BEER" then is a very relaxed song, and a very good song as well, perfect when you've done your work for the day and jump in your car, turn of the stereo, and drive back home from work and leaving work and job for the last few hours of the day finally behind you. Then there are also three acoustic songs, the already above mentioned acoustic version of "NO ONE SURVIVES" (great done), and then also a acoustic version of "their" biggest hit ever "CATS IN THE CRADLE" that comes off strong but I like their original version better anyhow anyway, and then also the great "WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE THERE" that is just a phenomenal hit, period. The songs are filled with heavy rocking and hard grooving yet incredible catchy and melodic guitars that deliver one hell of a playful, skilled, diverse, and very charismatic-marking performance, just damn great. Then there's the rhythm section, a very tight, massive, stunning, and precise to the point played yet also very soulful and playful delivery they offer to us here and add up to the songs. Above all there's then the shining charismatic lead singing voice that stands on a level of its own and really shines bright. Perfect. Any bands to compare them with don't come to my mind, it is very much like it always was, UKJ play a style of their own and sound basically more or less just like UKJ and like nothing and no one else, and that's all good and fine with me. The lyrics are great and deal with a of different topics, but above you can read already some words to/about the lyrics, so I guess I've already said enough here and now on this topic. The production sound is a perfect match. Then some last words to the title and artwork: "STAIRWAY TO HELL", a mixture of "STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN" and "HIGHWAY TO HELL", and the cover of the little booklet is a perfect adaption of the cover art of "HIGHWAY TO HELL". So all in all I guess it is no presumption but just a tribute and that's more than justified and more than good and fine with me. And all in all the artwork is a great one, period. As a bonus we get also a DVD that contains the full UKJ concert from their show at the 2012 "DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL" on the 10th of June (yes, of 2012, you're right;-)............), and this is a great show and a great DVD and so a more than welcomed bonus addition to the album. This is a great album, if not more, and the only reason why I don't give it the best note up here is the fact that it is just too short for a full proper come back album of a band like UGLY KID JOE and also because "LOVE AIN'T TRUE!" is a little bit too annoying to be a benefit for a best rate album up here. But also so anyhow anyway it gets a more than justified and more than well-deserved rating up here. I hope that they will make their comeback a longer than just one album lasting one, and so I'm looking forward for more new UKJ stuff to hopefully come in the future. So, for all out there who still don't have it yet and that have a faible for great Hard Rock: Get it. Now. Cheers!!! /// Andy
(9 of 10 points)
(PS: In a digital form this album was already released in 2012, after the band got together again in 2010, but this is the physical release of this album and it was released in 2013, as far as I can say it.)
(Just copy this link into the headline of your browser and then just go there:

Okay, now that's all for this post here and now, like announced above more in the sooner or later future of this blog (hopefully the sooner one than the later one...), just keep your eyes open. Nine to eleven releases, at least, are still waiting for you, respectively my reviews on them are still waiting for you. For all of this albums in this post was simply no place anymore, and even one or two would have maybe still found their place here before bloggers says no, that's enough now, no matter if it would have been because of the post in general being too long or because of too many labels being used, no matter how and why, but simply all would not have found their place right now up here anymore and also I would not have found the time anymore this month, no matter if today/tonight or tomorrow, but still wanted to bring this one up and online and ready to read here still this month and so I decided to wait with the reviews on the other records untill next month and in one or two weeks when then the weekend comes you will (hopefully!!!) find them up here ready to read presented for you by me, so just stay tuned for more to come up here. Then that's all for now, I hope you enjoyed reading and maybe you've found an interesting album that wasn't on your radar screen before reading this very article here and now. And however and anyhow, thanks very much for reading. /// Andy

Sonntag, 9. März 2014

Record Reviews October 2013 - March 2014; Record Review Package Part Two: Dead End Street, Drifter, Halbstarke Jungs, Minoria Activa, Runnin' Riot, Shameless, The Shame, The Warriors, Tribünal, Various Artists.

Hey folks, what's up?!? You see, back again, and hey, just one week after the last post already a new one comes up, haha, seems like this blog here is really breathing new life again. Like I've said last week, it took me a week or so to finish a new post and bring it up here. If you ask why then it is very easy to answer to it: Work. I've started my new work this week on Monday and I simply had too much to do so far so that it wasn't possible for me to bring something new earlier up here. Okay, anyway, because here and now a new post is coming up. Again it's a record review post, a package post, too. And at least another one will follow also on this one here, simply because I have so many records that are desperately waiting to be finally reviewed by me for you up here and so I will do. This post will be of the same kind like the last one, which means that it will more or less deal mostly with releases that had been send to me via one way or another in this format or that format by the bands or labels who recorded and released it, after this at least one more record reviews post, also a package post, will follow in a week or so dealing mostly with all the releases that I bought over the last months. And now enough of the introducing small talk, right and straight and direct into the action. Ah, just one last thing: THANKS TO ALL THE BANDS & LABELS THAT KEPT ON AND KEEP ON SENDING ME THEIR MUSIC FOR REVIEWING IT, THANKS A LOT GUYS, THAT'S GREAT OF YOU!!! (PS: And sorry that it took so long in this case, but, okay, like already said before up here, this blog was dead for some months, that's it, and so it took far longer than usually.)


(Released in the autumn of 2013.)
Cool shit, that the pretty young label (at least so my knowledge about it) "AGGROBEAT RECORDS" from the Netherlands send to me via mail, and so a big "THX!!!" goes out to the Netherlands, yes, for sending me this 7'' release of this italian Oi! roughnecks (beside a bunch of other records that will be also part of this review package here and now, so just stay tuned for more Oi! and Streetpunk to come right here, right now). DEAD END STREET were unknown to me before, but what shall I say, everyone makes mistakes. And it is good that this now finally is changed due to this little hard knocking Oi! Oi! Oi! boneshaker release. DEAD END STREET are from Italy and even they are still a pretty new band the guys in the band are all veterans to the Oi!, Punk, and Hardcore scenery. What once started as a fun band side project by former guys of PAYBACK and COLONNA INFAME soon became a proper full band going strong, and they already played shows together with for example ARGY BARGY, NABAT, and KLASSE KRIMINALE. And now here it is, their debut release, a 7'' vinyl EP released by "AGGROBEAT RECORDS" from the Netherlands and "HELLNATION" from Italy in cooperation. On this EP that comes with a pretty cool artwork by the guys from the shop "PSYCHO TATTOO" (who ever may know them...) delivers us four songs in around ten minutes, two songs on each side of the vinyl. And DEAD END STREET play a damn great sort of hard rockin' and dirty rollin' Oi! Oi! Oi! music with clear American Oi! influences and also even clear street raised Rock & Roll influences. Sharp, harsh, dry, yet damn catchy and melodic guitars, great powerful and also pretty melodic yet still hard and throaty enough charismatic vocals, hymnal arranged vocal lines, some strong back ups and really great refrain parts, as well as a powerful roaring and stomping rhythm section make the music of DEAD END STREET. On top energetic and grapping songwriting, and all done and delivered by skilled musicians, and you really here that they aren't around just since yesterday. Also cool lyrics, a gorgeous artwork, and a perfect matching production sound on top of it. If you love THE CORPS and you can't resist the almighty THE WRETCHED ONES and also love some good old THE BRUISERS then make sure to get a copy of this vinyl gem and make sure to have DEAD END STREET on your radar screen, but also keep in mind that thankfully DEAD END STREET are everything but a damn copy'n'paste band, just to point that out. Great stuff!!! Cheers & Oi! Oi! Oi! /// Andy
PS: Collectors facts = 320 copies had been pressed in black, and just 20 copies in orange, and then that's it, so make sure to be quick to finally get one of this to 340 pieces limited gem as soon as possible, in case you still don't have one.
(9 of 10 points)
(Copy the following links into your browser and then just go there: + +

("D.I.Y."; MP3-Online + Download-Release)
(Released 23th of July of 2013.)
(Download: /// Up for downloading as a name your price download.)
DRIFTER are a band that wrote me an e-mail a while ago, giving me a link to their Bandcamp site and asking me for reviewing their stuff. And so, there I went and here I go. Delivered like asked, maybe just a little bit later... For all what I do see up there on their Bandcamp site they released this album all the D.I.Y. way, and they are from Albuquerque, New Mexico/U.S.A. and they have also released their third (?) and anyhow new album just two months ago (review will follow). Ah, and for all what I know this is their second album, but I am not 100% sure about it, so don't nail me on that. But what I know is that they play some sort of Screamo and Post (Hard-) Core music, and if you now may think: "Fuck, Screamo, it's bullshit!!! And post what?!? Fuck it!!!" Then that's okay because it's your taste and opinion and who am I too judge, hm, but in the case of DRIFTER this thinking would be totally wrong, period. Here they do give us four songs in sort of around eleven to twelve minutes.  It's very energetic and dynamic, pretty intense and emotional music that reminds me of bands like the mighty TORCHBEARER, just for example, and they surely don't need to hind behind them. Also when I listen especially to the guitar parts bands like 454 BIG BLOCK and KALEL come to my mind, also in the playing together with the intense and pretty extreme hyterical scream and shout vocals with this suffering undertone. All is marked by nested arrangements and truckloads of silence/loudness-dynamics-playings, filled with the mentioned suffering lead vocals, crashing as well as playful guitars that mark the songs and the dynamics of them largely, and also with a stunning and totally precise rhythm section. With all that heavy, edged, and bulky guitar work that leaves no room for classic flowing stuff and the nested arrangements of the songs also fans of stuff like NEUROSIS will surely like DRIFTER a lot if they just give them a fair try and one or two good rounds. The sort of melancholic and maybe even depressing but anyhow intense and incredible devastate atmosphere just adds up to it all. That this guys are strong at songwriting and also really strong skilled musicians needs no further explanation. To the lyrics I can't say anything of worth and value and so I'll rather spare me every word more about it, but the (cover-) artwork is a nice one, and the production sound really shines. If you should have (still) any prejudices concerning Screamo (and Post Core stuff as well), hm, then you really should better make up your mind, and why not start to change this at least a bit right here with DRIFTER?!? Strong band, strong album. Cheers. /// Andy
(8 of 10 points)
(Copy the following link into your browser and then just go there:

("D.I.Y."; MP3-Online + Download-Release)
(Released at the 24th of January of 2014.)
(Download: /// Up for downloading as a name your price download.)
And here's the for all what I know third DRIFTER release so far titled just short "2014 DEMO" and it was released just sort of two months ago in the January of this very year of 2014, for all what I would say also again straight up all the D.I.Y. way. Ah, and don't ask me if there are any physical copies of it floating around (and ask me this please also not in case of their before reviewed album). Not much changes to be noticed, no drastic changes to announce and describe. Just a steadying of the quality, style, standard, and also of the passion of their songs and musick, and so this little word ''just'' is really a truly big ''JUST'', if you get what I mean. They made it all even a little bit more intense and they irritate the borders of conventional songwriting and more or less usual dynamics of silence and loudness even a bit more than the last time, but still they manage to keep some sort of a flow in their songs and the writings of them, and the lead singer is really puking out his heart and soul through and with his hysterical and suffering screamings. This is clearly something of interest and value for fans of bands like TORCHBEARER as well as for those of stuff like NEUROSIS, and they tend even more into this whole Post (Hard-) Core direction than before, and this is a good move by them, if you ask me. I can only recommend this little album to you, again a strong release offered by DRIFTER, a band we should all have one or two eyes and ears on. That's it, I'll keep it short this time, the general description of their music how it seems and feels to me you find in the review before and the development of DRIFTER between this two albums I've described also enough, at least I do think so, yes, so that's it for this one here and now. Recommend album anyhow anyway. I just ask me, if all the labels outta there are deaf...!!! Cheers. /// Andy
(9 of 10 points)
(Copy the following link into your browser and then just go there:

("D.I.Y."; MP3-Online + Download-Release)
(Released at the 18th of January of 2013.)
(Download: /// Up as a free official download.)
And after I reviewed already their second and third albums right before I will now also let their for what I know debut release become a part of this post and blog right here and now. This is pretty interesting, especially for getting an idea about the development of a band, in this case of DRIFTER, to have a closer look on their discographie in a row. Their style somewhere between Screamo and Post (Hard-) Core with all the above also already described trademarks, that are surely more or less sort of typical trademarks of that genre(s) or kind(s) of musick, so no need to repeat it all, just read the review on their "SEPARATE GRAVES" album above. But while they started to move more and more into the Post (Hard-) Core direction with their "SEPARATE GRAVES" album and especially with their this years demo here on their debut they are still far more grounded in Screamo and Emo as well, and the songwriting is partly not so much nested (like it is today) but in truth more of sort of distracted when it should have been nested, and such a crappy song like "COLD WOOD FLOORS" you won't find on their two follow up releases no matter how hard you search for it and how hard you want to find one. Don't get me wrong, "THERE IS NOTHING LEFT FOR ME HERE" is by no means a bad album and it will please especially Screamo (and Emo) fans in a total way, at least I guess so, but how good they really are and what they hold really in store they showed us all just later on with their so far two following releases. They got more tight, more precise, more focussed, and simply better since this one here, but after it is also still a nice shot, it's up for free, and also a nice little lesson in history you can also calmly give this one a shot without risking your ears, even I like them going more into that Post Core direction without a doubt a bit more. And especially all the Screamo (/Emo) kids will probably love this album. Ah, and also in this case don't you ask me if there are any physical copies of it floating (still?) somewhere around. Cheers. /// Andy
(7 of 10 points)
(Copy the following links into your browser and then just go there: +

(Released during the autumn of 2013.)
(Collectors fact: Limited quantity to 525 copies.)
Here's the next that the great guys of "AGGROBEAT RECORDS" send to me for reviewing via mail. It's a teaming up split release with the young german Oi! band HALBSTARKE JUNGS occupying one side of the vinyl and the legendary Oi! warhorses from England of THE WARRIORS the other one. Two different covers, one to each side (I've chosen the one of the THE WARRIORS side, simply because I like it more, that's it), and the HALBSTARKE JUNGS do deliver four songs in all on their side of the vinyl, and if I understood it correct then they have rerecorded four songs of them this time in English, and- let me say so much already this early in this review- this was a really good move. THE WARRIORS then give us six songs on their side. This makes ten songs in total, and this ten songs run through in around thirty-five minutes of playing respectively running time of the vinyl. Okay, let us start with the HALBSTARKE JUNGS, the young german Oi! band running riot here on this split. They play a sound comparable to the KRAWALLBRÜDER before they totally turned to metallic Deutsch (which means: German) Rock, but sound more tight and more focussed and by far more through and through Oi! like the KRAWALLBRÜDER already back then. (I talk about the "IN DUBIO PRO REO" phase in the existence of the KRAWALLBRÜDER, just that you know it.) Hard and heavy and mercyless forward pushing angry and pissed off Oi! Oi! Oi! musick filled with harsh stunning pretty diverse guitars, a heavy buzzing bass, tight and hard stomping drumming, and pissed off pretty brutal vocals. The three rerecorded songs in English are really strong, but the original one of them in German is just not that much my cup of tea, but that's just a matter of personal taste because anyhow good done is that song as well. Nothing anyhow of or like changing the formula or so, but something really good, to point that out, and so I'll now keep it short. Don't know more by them so far, but this four songs made me really hungry for more. Good lyrics on top of it, and also a strong "Nazis fuck off!!!" good night white pride message as well. Thumbs up. Their artwork rocks as well (even I like the one of THE WARRIORS still a bit more), and the production sound just makes my thumbs go up. Really good stuff, and so they get well deserved eight out of ten points. Then come the old veterans of THE WARRIORS, that are today in Germany pretty often and this means by far too often labelled R.A.C., it's ridiculous, you know, I know, so anyhow. What shall I say here that wasn't said before on which place ever, even in an older review on one of their older split releases some years ago: This is Oi!, Old School England Oi!, stoic stomping, loud and proud, patriotic, rebellious, Working Class, outspoken, and pissed off as fuck. Hammering dry and harsh guitars, pulsating sawing bass, thunderous loud forward marching drums, broad back up chants and sing a longs, and those typical snotty smart and hard charismatic lead vocals on top of it. A sound of their own, and a sound and style that will anyhow please the gusto of all the ones in love with good old english as well as british Oi! like the (original) 4 SKINS, THE LAST RESORT, and the COCKNEY REJECTS, to name just them as examples, but also a sound and style that still offers surprises like for example the Offbeat rhythm and SKA licks of "KEEP IT REAL", a real hymn. All delivered via intense songwriting and by well-versed musicians, and all done with that for english and british musick typical stoic approach, great. On top of it strong outspoken lyrics (and in "WATCH YOU'RE BACK" they use some lyric lines that once had been also used by BETTER DEAD THAN RED in one of their nowadays already older songs, don't ask me what's the deal with that or the story behind it anyhow), great artwork, and beautifully earthy and warm production sound. We get also a nice done cover tune of the forever immortalized THE LAST RESORT classick "VIOLENCE IN OUR MINDS". They get eight out of ten points, too, and especially "KEEP IT REAL" totally rules and also shines with a great guitar work and in particular and especially the guitar solo is pure gold. This makes it in whole also eight out of ten points and I can only recommend it to every Oi! fan and Oi! addict outta there. Really a damn good split album, point and fact. Cheers & Oi! Oi! Oi! /// Andy
(8 of 10 points)
(Copy the following link into your browser and then just go there:

("D.I.Y."; full length release)
(Already a little bit older.)
(Record facts: Twenty one songs in sixty eight minutes of running time.)
A band from Argentina who wrote me and asked to write about them respectively to review their current album up here and who send me their album via mail at the beginning of this very year of 2014. Unfortunately I got my e-mail account hacked (- Really!!!) and due to this bullshit I've lost some mails and with this some informations. And one mail was the one by the band with all the informations about them and this album. So sorry that I can't give you a proper introduction to them, but bad luck striked. I only remember that this album is already a little bit older and is or was all self released the D.I.Y. way of doing such things like releasing an album, ah, and they are from Argentina, from Buenos Aires exactly. I hope I got it all right. Hm, and or but please don't ask me, for example, in which form and which way this album was released, or something else like this. Ah, and to/for the band two things: (1.) Sorry, that you had to wait for the review on your record a bit (and also sorry for that I failed to answer you, in parts due to the above mentioned bad luck, and in other parts due to me being sometimes a lazy bastard). (2.) Thanks for sending me your album that I probably would otherwise have never ever listened to. Okay, back to the topic, the review on MINORIA ACTIVA's "DONDE NADIE PERTENECE" album. This is a great and really strong album, some really interesting, diverse, multiple varying, and pretty much more or less always grapping album full of different heavy and also emotional music styles mixing Hardcore (Old and New School), thrashing Tribal Metal a la SEPULTURA and SOULFLY, Nu Metal a la ILL NINO, strong forward going exploding diverse and dynamic HC Punk like for example the RAIMUNDOS (from Brazil), and also even some Ethno Rock stuff into one great tasting and more than well flowing diverse and fresh, interesting and surprising cocktail of great Hardcore/Metal/Punk music, without any songwriting breaks, boring fills, or atificially tingle-tangle crap, all is done fresh, sympathic, authentic, and damn heavy and intense. Crushing guitars, full power vocals, damn loud gang shouts, and a thundering rhythm section, all wrapped up into strong songwriting, delivered by very skilled musicians, and all dressed up in a powerful production sound. A very stand-alone band that refuses to be compared to who else ever. That's how I like it. To every one especially into Hardcore, Metal, and also heavy HC Punk music I can simply only highly- and I mean really highly(!!!)- recommend this fucking strong damn great album, so simple is it, and so I will keep it short right now and pretty much end this review with this words. To the lyrics I can't basically say anything due to the language barrier, and to the proudtcion sound I've already said what there was to say. Ah, and the (cover-) artwork is just phenomenal, I simply love it (like the band and album, too). And I only can imagine how great this band must be live up on stage...Want some last words, some closing words? Get it!!! (From where the hell ever...) And best get it now, period. Hardcore!!! Fist!!! Cheers. /// Andy
(9 of 10 points)
(Copy the following link into your browser and then just go there:

Update, something like six hours later, the same day:
(Released by the end of 2013.)
(Re-Edition facts: Originally released in 2009 on CD sees this album now it's second run on vinyl with this LP reedition. 500 copies at all: 200 black vinyl; 200 red vinyl; 100 white vinyl. The first time on vinyl it was limited to 300 copies, released by the Ireland based label of "PUNKERAMA" back then in 2011.)
Uh, I somehow really nearly forgot about this one. Lucky enough that I stumbled upon this mistake so soon, so that this album and the review on it still can become a part of this post of today. RUNNIN' RIOT from Belfast, now running riot ;-) for nearly twenty years, and it's good to see a band like this still around. Catchy, hymnal, melodic Oi! of the first class kind. Large, and I mean really large melodic guitar work with great anthemic arranged strong rocking and rolling riffing and even greater melodic leads and really singing solos, catchy as fuck but yet still with a sharp heavyness that comes more like a short warm slap to the face, not like a brutal hit with a cold concrete sledgehammer on the head, that's the biggest trademark of the music of RUNNIN' RIOT, together with the charismatic pretty hard yet still really and also somehow melodic sung lead vocals that are enriched by nice loud back up chantings. The rhythm section acts their part damn great, tight, precise, nicely varying and nicely relaxed, perfect. The songwriting is great, the songs totally filled with power and drive, full throttle energy and attitude without end, we get damn mighty and damn large sing a longs delivered for that hell a lot of other bands outta there would murder, here and there also some charming "CHISWICK" influences come into play when the guitar riffing starts to really shine, and that this veterans are really skilled musicians should be clear anyhow and is here by me just named for the record. Their bandname they carry not without a reason, so COCK SPARRER are surely an influence for them, like for legions of other bands as well. RUNNIN' RIOT manage anyhow to do their own thing and to be a really independent band of their own, maybe somewhere to be located between good old England Oi! like COCK SPARRER, some Pub Rock (obvious), and some good healthy doses of melodic American Oi!/Streetpunk like for example THE HARRINGTON SAINTS, YELLOW STITCHES, and some- if we look just at the guitar work- some PRESSURE POINT as well. Out of this they create their own thing, and I should say more precise: Their own great thing, point and fact. Cool and smart lyrics on top of it, a nice artwork as well, and a pure gold earthy and warm production sound, too. What shall I say or write more, if you should don't have it then it is now the time to change this. A great, a really great album, RUNNIN' RIOT rule okay... totally supreme... totally okay!!! Btw, we get eleven songs in around 42 minutes. Ah, I received this album via mail from Brett Hole of "BLACK HOLE RECORDS" for reviewing it (and so I finally did with this review here), and so: Thanks very much man. Cheers & Oi! Oi! Oi! /// Andy
(9 of 10 points)
(Copy the following links into your browser and then just go there: +

(Released somewhere between the late end of 2013 and the early beginning of 2014.)
(Record facts: Eleven songs, thrity-three minutes of running time.)
French Oi! is now up. A to me new band from our european neighbors with a album recorded in 2012 on picture vinyl, a beautiful designed piece, released via "REBEL SOUND" and "LAST ROCKERS". This album was sent to me by Brett Hole and "BLACK HOLE RECORDS", and thanks very much for it. I am usually not the biggest fan of Oi! from France and so I am anything but a expert concerning this specific genre/kind of (Oi!) music, but who cares, because what one should care about is this album because it is really a killer album. Pretty diverse and nicely varying melodic, catchy, and anthemic yet still pretty heavy and hard Oi! filled with a great walking and talking very present bass, heavy guitar riffs and large melodies and leads, a massive amount of hymnal polyphonic parts that invite us to sing a long to on and on, and great smoky and throaty, dry and hard yet somehow still melodic sung lead vocals, while the tight and old school styled stomping and marching drums come also nice into play and make it all round. I like this specific composition of the songs out of the mentioned single parts very much, and what I like even more is the fact that they know very well to nicely change their songs and songwriting all the time bit for bit here and there to keep it all fresh and grapping, not like they would do any extreme breaks or too drastic changes of and in their music, but they keep it all fresh and sort of surprising over the complete running time of this vinyl gem. And this is just great, even more because they know how to do it with keeping their music very old school (without becoming boring retro crap) and also sort of minimalistic. I really like it a lot. Since I am not that much of an expert concerning French Oi!, like already above mentioned, I can't really name you any bands to compare them with, to me they are a pretty fresh and independently band, even especially the leads are very french to me, even this now isn't making that much sense after all, maybe ;-) ... Good lyrics we get on top of it all (they sing in english, so that's no problem, especially after the clean vocals are very good to understand), as well as a dirty perfect production sound, and a just beautiful artwork. This album is highly, and I mean really and truly highly, recommended to you, great band, great album, period. Cheers & Oi! Oi! Oi! /// Andy
(9 of 10 points)
(Copy the following links into your browser and then just go there: + +

(Released at the 18th of November 2013.)
(Collectors fact: Released in a limited edition of 300 copies, so if you want one and in case you still don't have it then better make sure to be quick before all the limited ressources are sold out.)
(Musicnerds fact: THE SHAME are pretty much the first Oi! band ever that worked together with the Punk fanzine/magazine "PROFANE EXISTENCE". Not that it would anyhow matter to me or that I think it would be anyhow important, but some may see it different, why ever, and so just for the record I pointed that out...)
THE SHAME started out and kicked it all off in 2011, when the Punk and Hardcore veterans that make THE SHAME and that before played in such bands like ASSEMBLY OF GOD, BROTHER INFERIO, and BRING DOWN THE HAMMER teamed up again to make music, like friends that are able to play and create music may do sometimes. When they did so back in 2011 they decided that it was about time for them to go back to their roots, to go back to Oi! and to give it a proper run, and finally so a new American Oi! band was brought to life and it was named THE SHAME. They recorded a bunch of six songs promptly and released them on various in parts also pretty obscure and rare compilations like "Oi! This is Streetpunk" Vol. III and "VOi!ce of America" Vol. II, as well as also on their own EP titled "THE WORLD IS OURS", and this is or was the above mentioned cooparation with "PROFANE EXISTENCE" (fanzine/magazine and label). And it seems that they also released a full album titled "THE PLAN". Honestly: I know none of the mentioned releases and THE SHAME had been totally unknown to me before. Seems like they are still active, and to gain some attention and momentum outside the States and especially over here in old mother Europe they joined forces with the young up and coming "AGGROBEAT RECORDS" ("THX!!!" for sending this album to me) label from the Netherlands and released all their six first ever recorded and released songs and also three of their already mentioned "THE PLAN" album on this nine songs containing album titled "TULSA OLD SCHOOL". Ah, and they are from Tulsa, Oklahoma/U.S.A., to get this also straight. Okay, now you should know with who and what we deal here and now with in form of THE SHAME and their sort of new old album of the title of "TULSA OLD SCHOOL". One thing that I don't really get is that whole soccer thing going on here, keep in mind that it's an U.S. American Oi! band and since when soccer is over there a big thing... (But maybe I'm wrong about it, if so, sorry, me and my ignorance then I guess) ... seems a bit like a joke/cliché and not really that much authentic... But beside this, this here is a good proof for Oi! running wild and going strong in 2013/2014, and hopefully this will go on. Great mixture out of British Hooligan Oi! and hard stomping American Oi!, somewhere to be located between THE BUSINESS, PATRIOT, and STARS & STRIPES. Fuck yes, and how could you ever go wrong with something like this?!? Right, you simply can't, point and fact. Quick and very well flowing played, hard and yet damn catchy melodic delivered guitar playing, buzzing bass and stomping drums, great sing a longs, loud and proud back up chants, and very charismatic lead vocals that place somewhere between STARS & STRIPES and THE HARRINGTON SAINTS. Good songwriters, skilled musicians, it's all (t)here. I really like it. I mean, it's nothing new and nothing anyhow formula changing, hell no, but who cares, it's some damn good shit and that's what matters at the end. If THE SHAME are unknown to you and if you are an Oi! Oi! Oi! lover especially with a faible for American Oi! then make sure to get a copy of this one. Nice lyrics and nice artwork anyhow (about this whole soccer thing I've said enough already above), and a full throttle high energy production sound. Clearly recommended to you, so make sure to get your hands on it. Ah, and btw, this nine song album has a running time of around twenty-three minutes, just for the record. Cheers & Oi! Oi! Oi! /// Andy
(8 of 10 points)
(Copy the following link into your browser and then just go there:

("D.I.Y."; Tape & MP3-Online + Download-Release)
(Released at the 30th of November of 2013.)
(Collectors fact: First edition on black tape is already sold out, second edition on white tape will be out soon respectively should already be out. The tapes include a download for free link as well.)
Yes, they are back, one of the rawest and most brutal bands that I discovered over the last years, TRIBÜNAL, the god free, drug free, and meat free D-Beat/Crustcore beast from Germany. After I reviewed last year there "F.T.W." slasher they wrote me at the end of the last year an e-mail and the rest is history, and anyhow here's my review on their newest album, titled "ALL HOPE IS LOST", released all the D.I.Y. way (again), and released on Tape as well as in form of a MP3 Download for a name your price pick up on their Bandcamp site. (The Tapes cost 3,00 Euros.) All in all they give us this time five new songs in around seven minutes of playing respectively running time. And this five new songs a are all out attack of raw, noisy, brutal, fast, loud, shredding, ripping, and crushing D-Beat/Crustcore musick for fans of the likes of DISGUST, for example. Brutal shredding guitars, sick and furious guttural shouted dry throated vocals, heavy sawing bass, and harsh hammering drumming non stopp, short and angry, pissed off and outraging short exploding song eruptions dominate the scenery.. Power, energy, dynamic, attitude, aggression, and brutal intensity without an end all the time. This is truly nothing else but a raw and intense as fuck D-Beat/Crustcore massacre that you will love if you are into this kind of musick. I am now waiting just for a proper full length of that quality of TRIBÜNAL and then I am really happy. Untill then I can only recommend this one to you. And then that's it, short little album, short little review on it. Cheers. /// Andy
(8 of 10 points)
(Copy the following link into your browser and then just go there:

(Released at the 18th of November of the year 2013.)
(Record Facts: 25 songs in 74 minutes.)
A new sampler completly dedicated to the Indonesian Oi! scene, released by "AGGROBEAT RECORDS" who also send it to me via E-Mail. Thanks for this guys. This sampler offers us twenty-five songs in a total running time of seventy-four minutes. The title should best be enriched by Streetpunk and Punkrock, SKA and Hardcore because it is not only "Oi! MADE IN INDONESIA" but Streetpunk, Punkrock, SKA, and Hardcore as well that's featured on this disc, too. I am totally not familiar with the Oi!/HC/Streetpunk/SKA/Punk(rock) scenery of Indonesia and I feared to get some straight up bullshit stuff to listen to that "scores" with nothing than its exotic bonus. Hm, but I definitely was wrong with that aspectation. Because this is proper music dressed into a proper production sound. Surely, twenty five songs by thirteen bands (expect of one all bands are delivering two songs to this compilation), there simply can't be only gold, but most stuff really rocks and rules. My personal afvorites are for example the FULL TIME SKINHEADS (sort of the indonesian STAGE BOTTLES, musicwise and lyricwise, and also politically on the same page like they proof with their SKA/Oi! anthem "RED INDONESIAN SKINHEAD"), SPIRIT OF Oi! (melodic sing a long and dance to Oi! Oi! Oi! Punk), MOONSTOMP (brutal Hardcore stompers, and not to be confused with the larger than life American Oi! legends), the STA-PREST BOYS (heavy hitting Brickwall Oi!, CONDEMNED 84 as well as the GLORY BOYS are surely no strangers to them), SKINLANDER (fast paced pogo Oi! Punk), THE NAG NAG NAG (great female fronted and strong rocking Oi! of the catchy and melodic kind... slightly comparable to DEADLINE... before they turned into a ridiculous farce), and DOM65 (powerful and very well-versed Skinhead Rock & Roll), but check the bands out for and by yourself, you may see it different or so. A good comp anyhow that you can calmly grab a copy of if you find it. Ah, after it is a compilation I won't say anything about the lyrics, not to talk about politics or what bullshit the hell may else ever. The Old School "SKINHEAD ANTHEMS" styled artwork rules, and all bands deliver their songs in a pretty and surprisingly strong production sound. Good comp, so check it out. Or better get it anyhow anyway promptly. Cheers & Oi! /// Andy
(8 of 10 points)
(Copy the following link into your browser and then just go there:

Okay folks, that's it for now for this one. I will try to bring up the next record reviews package post again latest next weekend what means latest next sunday... but anyhow as soon as possible. We will see if I will be able to bring it up earlier this coming week but I'm not so sure about it so better don't wait for it untill next weekend or so and so maybe untill latest next sunday.
If anything little will come up between this two record reviews package posts I don't know by now but I've planned nothing like this, so don't wait for something else.
The next record reviews post or also posts will concentrate on all the physical releases that I bought and got over the last month and it will focuss on different artists like from SUFFER THE PAIN over DISCHARGER and BACKTRACK to A TRAITOR LIKE JUDAS, and from UGLY KID JOE over PRO-PAIN and CALIBAN to PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS as well as from KROKUS to SCHILLER. So you see, a lot of albums dawning at the horizon to come up here and with this also a lot of different genres and kinds of music.
Okay, that's it, thanks for your time and interest, thanks for reading this reviews. Hopefully you've enjoyed it and maybe you've stumbled upon a band or record that you didn't know of so far and you now feel the need to change this. Anyhow, more soon up here, so stay tuned.
Cheers & Oi! Oi! Oi! /// Andy