Underground Communique Records
Rebel Spies released their debut album, Rise!, earlier this year and it is now available via Underground Communique Records. Rebel Spies are a Detroit area hardcore punk band that boasts an impressive pedigree, amongst their number they include past and present members from the likes of Suicide Machines, Telegraph, Hellmouth, Hi-Fi Handgrenades and fordirelifesake. Given Rebel Spies members collective background you’d be forgiven for assuming what to expect on the debut album, and the odds are that your expectations won’t be confounded.
From the frantic opener, That Mask, it’s clear that Rebel Spies are influenced by old school hardcore, this shouldn’t come as any surprise given the band members previous membership and neither should the fact that Rebel Spies eleven track debut full length is an impressive blast of punk rock that seems to steadily build in intensity. Rise! is a relentless album that embraces the early history of the American punk scene, my personal highlight from the album is The Misfits influenced track See You In Hell, and it’s likely that everyone’s personal choice will vary depending on your musical preferences, but with their debut Rebel Spies have released an album that hit’s the mark on every track.
There’s a distinctly old school feel to Rise! with obvious influences from the likes of 7 Seconds, Bad Religion, Dag Nasty and The Misfits, and if you have any love for the roots of the US punk scene then Rebel Spies are band that you need to investigate. Rise! is a welcome eleven track blast that recalls the energy and attitude of punk’s past, from that description you can probably guess that there’s nothing groundbreaking or new on Rebel Spies debut, but as their press release states, this is a love letter to the bands that influenced them and for me it’s one that captures the essence of early punk and hardcore perfectly.
Rise! can be purchased and streamed via Underground Communique Records here
Rebel Spies have released their debut album, Rise!, that is now available via Underground Communique Records. The Detroit area hardcore punk band features an impressive pedigree as they include past and present members from the likes of Suicide Machines, Telegraph, Hellmouth, Hi-Fi Handgrenades and fordirelifesake. Rebel Spies is their love letter to hardcore and punk, and it’s a loud love letter at that!
Rebel Spies Bandcamp can be found here
Rise! can be streamed and purchased via Underground Communique Records here
Detroit thrash-punk unit Hellmouth has premiered a full stream of their upcoming album titled, Oblivion. The group recently signed with Fast Break! Records. The album dropped on January 29, 2017 on LP, CD and digital formats. Oblivion is the end of a trilogy of releases.
Listen to the disc here courtesy Decibel Magazine.
Paper + Plastick Records
One of Paper + Plastick Records’ more out of place signings, punk-metal group Hellmouth sounds more like something you’d come to expect on Panic Records than the Florida label’s uppity roster. With labelmates like The Dopamines, Stephen Egerton, Landmines, and Have Nots, I doubt they’ll be sharing too many stages any time soon. Consequently, if you usually jump blindfolded into the Paper + Plastick pot, then you might want to tread a little more cautiously. That being said, the label has still chosen wisely, with Hellmouth sure to please a different kind of crowd.
Glancing at the cover of the band’s sophomore release, Gravestone Skylines, no one can fault the group for not warning listeners of the dark content within. This is hard and heavy thrash punk intended to conjure brutal imagery and hopelessness. Opener “Funeral Drenched” chugs along with weighty guitars and frontman Jay Navarro’s ripcord vocals shredding with clear but ragged speed. When shouting about a peril strong enough to “black out the sun,” it’s hard to maintain any sort of optimism. “The deeper you go the more maggots there are” explodes during the opening line on “Desperate and Violent,” a track which’s title most accurately describes that within. Characteristic to thrash metal (think Agnostic Front tuned Outbreak), Gravestone Skylines shies away from excessive breakdowns, instead plugging away at ramming speed for minutes on end (“The Sun Is Dying”). Consequently, when the group grinds to a halt on “Exodus,” the effect crashes for apocalyptic effect.
Lyrically you won’t find much out of the ordinary realm of doom and gloom, but there’s enough dark humour scattered throughout to prevent depression from setting in. Track titles like “Amen Assholes” and witty statements of excess (like “god I love my demons, they’re my only friends”) set out to raise a smirk amidst such dire content. You’ll never find yourself laughing, but it’s enough to keep the majority from wearing terribly thin.
However, at nearly an hour, Gravestone Skylines tends to drag towards its final moments – not much new in terms of content or sound emerges past the first thirty minutes. That being said, the change shouldn’t be interpreted as a reduction in quality, as the album remains remarkably consistent from start to finish – Hellmouth simply hits a creative saturation point common to the genre. All in all, Gravestone Skylinesmakes for a solid listen unique amongst the Paper + Plastick family that fans of thrash-punk and metal should find worth their time. Just don’t expect anything out of the ordinary.
Paper + Plastick Records has added Hellmouth to their growing roster. The band is the ongoing project from Suicide Machines‘ Jason Navarro, which is gearing up for their sophomore album, Gravestone Skylines, which will follow up their 2009 debut, Destroy Everything. Worship Nothing. The band describes their latest approach:
“It’s back to brutal basics; making music that flows in the blood. Not punk. Not metal. Not hardcore. A crossover of all three to create a soundtrack for pain, misery and the end of existence.”
The band is streaming a new track titled “Desperate & Violent” over on Noisecreep. Listen here.