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Siberian Meat Grinder Release ‘No Way Back’ Video

Siberian Meat Grinder - MBSMoscow crossover outfit Siberian Meat Grinder have announced the release of their long awaited second album, Metal Bear Stomp, that is set to be released via Destiny Records on the 13th October 2017. Siberian Meat Grinder are Bringing their cross genre game to the next level, the band have delivered an explosive sonic mix over the twelve tracks of Metal Bear Stomp that will have you headbanging, slam dancing, finger pointing and throwing down throughout. Ahead of the album’s release Siberian Meat Grinder have released a video for the track No Way Back.

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Surface Report Stand By

Surface Report

Stand By...

Self Released
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Californian hardcore quartet Surface Report was formed from an impressive collection of past and present members of Californian acts such as Castoff, Fallen Monuments and Strike The Design, and now Surface Report have self released their debut album, Stand By…. This is the latest release that seems to indicate that there is something of a renaissance occurring in the North American hardcore scene, with new band’s on each corner of the continent, including New York’s Scarboro, Texas’s Despero and Canada’s Our Darkest Days to name but a few, all releasing impressive albums in the last twelve months.

One At A Time hits you between the eyes with a furious hit of melodic hardcore, and before you’ve had chance to recover Quid Pro Quo kicks in with a more of a crossover feel. Whilst there’s no respite on Stand By… this is not an album where the short sharp shocks blur into each other as each track brings a different element into the mix. Songs such as the superb Insufficiency are classic melodic hardcore, but these are balanced against the more straight up hardcore elements and slight metal influences, which all combine to deliver an impressive debut album from a band who are a breath of fresh air in the Californian punk scene.

It’s no surprise that Stand By… is on the short side, it clocks in just over twenty minutes, and it’s over before you know it, but unlike many hardcore albums there’s something about Surface Report that had me queuing it back up for another spin. For me Surface Report have the feel of early Suicidal Tendencies mixed with classic Propaghandi, but that’s not to say this is a recreation of either of those outfits, it jut has the same feel of intensity and controlled aggression that not many manage to pull off, and on the basis of Stand By… you can’t help but feel that Surface Report have a bright future ahead of them.

Stand By… can be streamed and downloaded via Bandcamp here and their Facebook page is here

Prong Rebellion July 17

Prong / Spoil Engine

Rebellion, Manchester, UK

21st July 2017
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 
It’s been a long time since I’ve been to crossover show, back in the heyday of the UK’s hardcore scene when punk and thrash bands traded ideas and influences I was a regular at gigs that appealed equally across genres and encouraged a mixed crowd. Tonight’s show indicates that the movement is still alive and well as their are an equal number of punk and metal fans freely mixing in Rebellion for Prong‘s long awaited return to Manchester. Sadly by the time I’ve negotiated Manchester’s increasingly eccentric one way system I’ve arrived at Rebellion too late to catch local band Nomad, but on the plus side I’m just in time to catch Belgian metal act Spoil Engine.
 
From the off Spoil Engine deliver a pummelling set with by the quintet led by vocalist Iris Goessens who is backed up by a brutal quartet who look like they’re straight off the set of Sons Of Anarchy. Their set veers between melodic and thrash metal with the three guitar backline indulging in old school synchronised headbanging, something that is rarely a fixture of the shows I usually attend. Spoil Engine are a metal band at heart, but one that’s stripped down of excess, their driving bass lines, hammering drums and vicious twin guitar attack is topped off by a singer who’s vocal range can go from the pits to hell to a delivery than can border on angelic, and their combined impact live is something to behold.
 
Spoil Engine are a million miles away from the kind of bands I usually go to see, and tonight’s show indicates that maybe I’m missing out, they deliver a set that’s born of the hardcore and grindcore scenes and I’m reminded why I used to enjoy shows like this so much. Spoil Engine are an intense and energetic band that incorporates elements from the extreme end of the metal and hardcore punk worlds, for me they have the same kind of impact as many hardcore bands live and whilst it’s unlikely that you’d find me listening to a record by them I’d certainly catch them live again if they return to Manchester, on a side note it must be noted that it’s rare to encounter a band that can swear so fluently in a second language.
 
Rebellion is absolutely hammered tonight, the fans reflect the music with t shirts representing old school hardcore and even older school thrash metal in abundance amongst the crowd. Prong enter in a cloud of dry ice amidst some ominous intro music indicating that rock and metal’s penchant for theatricality just can’t help itself sometimes, but as their first number comes straight from their first album, 1989’s Force Fed, It’s clear Prong as not just here to support their latest album, Zero Days, this is a celebration of their intense and noisy back catalogue. Prong have the packed crowd eating put of their hands from the first chords and the intense riffs and thundering bass lines just don’t quit, there’s nothing subtle about what Prong are delivering tonight.
 
Tracks such as Unconditional hint back to the punkier influences, but let’s make no mistake, this is a rock show at its dark heart, it’s just one that’s thankfully shorn of the drum and guitar solos and other self indulgent excesses that so many rock and metal bands employ. They build to a climax with a few obvious crowd pleasers and you might think that would be it, but they finish the set with Divide and Conquer, an impressive new track from their forthcoming album Zero Days, and judging by the crowd reaction to what is a new and unreleased song this is about as stronger statement as you’re going to get that Prong are still going strong and aren’t trading on their back catalogue.
 
Of course Prong return for encore with “it’s Friday night you fucks” and launch into Revenge Best Served Cold and For Dear Life that brings Rebellion to the point of meltdown, the hollering from the crowd brings Prong back for a second and final encore and then it’s all over. Prong are clearly doing something right as much of tonight’s crowd have clearly stuck with the band throughout their three decades, but amongst the die hard fans their are an equal number of young fans, and that is the sign that Prong have carried their original attitude but kept it current rather than embedding themselves in the past.
 
Tonight’s triumphant show by Prong was a perfect example of what happens when the two parallel worlds of metal and punk collide, and tonight was reminder of just how good rock and metal shows can be when they’re delivered with a no frills stripped down approach that is the hallmark of some of the best punk and hardcore shows. As I make my way back to the overpriced car park in Manchester’s summer rain my ears are ringing despite the pro ear plugs I’ve been forced to employ to try and preserve my hearing, and my initial reservations about attending tonight’s show have been well and truly blown away by a commanding performance by Prong in one of Manchester’s best alternative venues.
 
Prong‘s website can be found here
 
You can order Prong‘s new album, Zero Days, on all formats here
 
Spoil Engine‘s Facebook presence is located here
 
Nomad‘s Facebook page is here
 
Rebellion‘s website here
 
Prong Zero Days

Prong

Zero Days

Steamhammer/SPV
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Ever since their debut EP, Primitive Origins, was released back in 1987 Prong have been constantly incorporating heavier influences and moving forward from their hardcore punk origins. Prong have now been now been around for a shade over thirty years and with Zero Days they have now unleashed their twelfth studio album, and when you consider that their existence includes a six year hiatus they’ve been dropping an album of new material on average almost every two years, although they do seem to be becoming increasingly prolific as the years pass, with each release marking them out a consistent and constantly evolving outfit. 

From the intense opener, However It May End, onwards it’s clear that Prong haven’t lost any of their aggression or energy, the hardcore punk attitude and delivery is still present, but this is combined with the technical flourishes and aggression adopted from thrash metal. There are moments when their hardcore roots come to the fore, tracks like Off the Grid and Operation Of The Moral Law are a reminder of their origins but for the most part this is an album of crossover with respect being paid equally to their punk roots and their thrash influences, tracks like Divide and Conquer, my personal highlight from Zero Days, shows just how crossover should be done.

Zero Days is a brutal and relentless album that I’d recommend equally to fans of hardcore punk and thrash metal, given Prong‘s lost history I’m probably preaching to the converted but it’s worth stating again as they are one of the most persistent purveyors of crossover out there. Prong have delivered another fine album that continues their tradition of brutal crossover, and with their latest release they have delivered another album that builds on their legacy, and is the perfect follow up to their 2016 album, X – No Absolutes.

Zero Days is due out tomorrow, the 28th July, via Steamhammer/SPV Records and can be pre-ordered here

Straightline Release ‘Generation Lost’ Music Video

Straightline VVGerman melodic skate punkers Straightline have released a music video for their song Generation Lost, the track is taken from the band’s new album, Vanishing Values, that is available now via Bird Attack Records.

The Punk Site review of Vanishing Values can be read here

Vanishing Values can be purchased on all formats and streamed here

The video for Generation Lost can be viewed below Read More…

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Destroy The Line

War

Bird Attack Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Destroy The Line, who were formerly known as Regress, are a progressive thrash punk quartet from Jacksonville, Florida, they started life as a side music project in the spring of 2015 and are formed from the ashes of numerous Floridian bands including Hatrick, Flag on Fire, Stradladder, Danka, Shadow Agency, His Name Was Iron, Hatchet Face and In Whispers. After building a local following through their live performances, including support slots for the likes of 88 Fingers Louis, they recorded a demo in the summer of 2016 which brought them to the attention of Bird Attack Records, and now less than a year after their formation their debut EP, War, has been released.

The four track War EP opens with the frantic introduction to Ordinary, this carries elements of both punk and thrash which meld together to form a satisfying crossover, the pace builds up on the EP’s title track, with it almost bordering on metalcore during the verses before breaking down into an anthemic chorus. The intensity continues to build across the EP, the urgent beat of Trenches veers further into the thrash influences with a relentless track before you head into the EP’s finale, Between Me And You. This final track eases back slightly from the strident thrash stylings that had become more prominent and, whilst still a frantic number, reverts back to the crossover style and brings the War EP full circle.

The dual vocal style, frantic rhythms and metal influenced riffs do become somewhat repetitive, something I find common in crossover bands, but having said that this is a promising debut from a band that have quickly gained a solid reputation as a live act, and Destroy The Line have produced an EP that seems to capture their essence. Whilst the approach does vary I can’t help feeling that this is something I’ve heard before, there is a predominance of metal infused punk, and punk influenced metal, bands out there and the format that many of these bands choose seems to be set in stone. Destroy The Line have made an EP that indicates they have a promising future, I just hope that they can follow the own path rather become lost amongst the herd.

 The War EP is available from today, the 13th January 2017, via Bird Attack Records here

Destroy The Line Release Video For Title Track Of The ‘War’ EP

destroy-the-line-warDestroy The Line, also known as DTL and previously known as Regress, are a progressive thrash punk quartet from Jacksonville, Florida, that started life as a side music project in the spring of 2015. Destroy The Line are formed from the ashes of numerous Floridian bands including Hatrick, Flag on Fire, Stradladder, Danka, Shadow Agency, His Name Was Iron, Hatchet Face and In Whispers. Their debut EP, War, is now available for pre-order via Bird Attack Records and will be released on the 13th January 2017

The War EP can be pre-ordered here and the video for the title track can be viewed below Read More…

Destroy The Line To Release ‘War’ EP

destroy-the-line-warDestroy The Line, who were formerly known as Regress, are a progressive thrash punk quartet from Jacksonville, Florida, they started life as a side music project in the spring of 2015 and are formed from the ashes of numerous Floridian bands including Hatrick, Flag on Fire, Stradladder, Danka, Shadow Agency, His Name Was Iron, Hatchet Face and In Whispers.

Their debut EP, War, will be released via Bird Attack Records on the 13th January 2017

Pre-Orders for the War EP will be available from today, the 6th January 2017, here

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Inire

Cauchemar

Self-Released
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Inire have established themselves on the alternative and metal scenes in their native Canada with their blend of northern groove, stoner metal and hardcore energy, Cauchmar is the bands sophomore album and it follows up on their 2007 self-titled EP and their 2009 debut full length, Born The Wicked, The Fallen, The Damned. The album is produced by drummer Chris Bonavia and features thirteen hard edged tracks that will build on the band’s reputation of delivering the kind of energetic anthems that have earned them a loyal following, and led to them relentlessly touring across Canada and performing at one of Canada’s biggest outdoor festivals, Amnesia Rockfest, and headlining Fete Nationale.

This is a blend of heavy contemporary metal blended with hardcore and a touch of thrash, Cauchemar eases you in gently with opening instrumental, Avidya, which builds up the expectation before Wide Awake does exactly what a song with that title should do. The album varies between a faster hard hitting style, where the heavier influences come to the fore, and more traditional metallic compositions. Cauchemar carries on in the vein until you get into the final third of the album, when the heaviness is punctuated with a somewhat baffling orchestral segment. Burn restarts the album with a great distorted chugging riff before the album’s flow is interrupted once more by Into The Labyrinth, a folk sounding instrumental with sinister whispers, before the album builds to a rock finale with the title track and Just A Halo Away.

Cauchemar is distinctly more towards the metal side of it’s roots, but the hardcore influence has generally supressed the self indulgent urges that metal frequently harbours. The guitars, vocal harmonies and double bass drumming are all elements in Inire‘s sound that belongs almost exclusively in the worlds of rock and metal, almost, there is an undercurrent of attitude that gives Cauchemar an edge over many contemporary rock albums. Personally I’d have a preferred a slightly greater influence from the heavier elements as this underpins the albums best tracks, but aside from my personal preference for the faster noisier compositions this is a fine hybrid of rock, metal and punk, albeit one that leans much further into rock than the majority of crossover albums I encounter.

Cauchemar can be ordered here

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Thought Vomit

Punks Brutal Retaliation / Sync The Skies

Self Released
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

After the completion of their self financed Makes No Cents tour in April 2016, Thought Vomit have been hard at work on their fourth self produced studio album, Punks Brutal Retaliation/Sync The SkiesGlass Jaw starts proceedings with samples and screaming feedback that lead into a riff that suddenly gains momentum and intensity like it’s been injected with cheap amphetamines, as the pace eases back down I find that I’m transported temporarily back to the eighties hardcore scene, where I first encountered crossover albums like this.

The first nine tracks are all an intense assault and battery of old school crossover hardcore thrash, it’s not until you get to the penultimate track, Flame In The Rain, that things change, and when I say change I mean it, this is a melodic quiet number bookended by samples and sound effects that stands out from the rest of album, it sounds like a completely different band has hijacked the recording studio. After this you then get Sync The Skies, weighing in at almost twelve minutes in length this is an intense and more menacing delivery than the tracks that preceded it, it breaks from the slower paced sinister delivery into growled hardcore and it then settles back into its menacing pace and tone, it’s tempo and intensity varying constantly through this epic final track, this is another unexpected track that for me lifts the album.

This album owes a huge debt to the more recognised bands from this scene such as Suicidal Tendencies and DRI, as well as to the original punk bands that pioneered hardcore, take a bow Black Flag and Dead Kennedys, and the myriad underground and DIY hardcore bands that made the original scene such an exciting movement to be part of. Much of the album is what you’d expect to receive, but the fact that two incredibly diverse and genre hopping tracks are included raises this album above some of its contemporaries. For me hardcore will always be at it’s best when experienced live, but this is a welcome addition to a genre that can all too often slip into a predictable and comfy rut.

Thought Vomit‘s web presence can be found here and their Facebook page is here

Osmium Guillotine and The Tickturds Release Split EP

Osmium Guillotine Tickturds SplitHeavy metal and punk rock go head to head on this split EP from two of Essex’s loudest bands, The Tickturds and Osmium Guillotine, which was released on August 26th. The EP features five tracks, including a brand new song Imitators, co-written and co-performed by all members from both bands and the result is a metal/punk crossover, featuring four vocalists, three lead guitarists, two bass player and one drummer. Also on the record are two tracks from each band, a couple of original songs, Wasteland Warriors 2099 by Osmium Guillotine, and Pointless by The Tickturds, and a cover of each other band’s songs, one punked up metal song, City of Chaos and one metalled up punk song, Mr Angry.

 
The Split EP is available on CD in ‘comic book’ style packaging and as a digital download, from either here or here