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Fights And Fires Release ‘Live Life Like A Tourist’ LP Today

Fights And Fires LLLATWorcester based punk rock quartet Fights And Fires have released their new album, Live Life Like A Tourist, through Lockjaw Records today, the 14th July 2017. The new record features eight tracks of melodic hardcore infused punk rock and is now available on vinyl, CD and digital formats through all usual online platforms.

You can stream and purchase Live Life Like A Tourist via Bandcamp here

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No Trigger To Release ‘Adult Braces’ EP On July 28th

No Trigger promo July 17No Trigger have been around since the year 2000, pumping out melodic punk and hardcore songs slowly but surely every four or five years, five long years have now passed since their last LP, Tycoon, and now No Trigger have just recorded Adult Braces, a brand new four track EP. The band will be releasing the EP digitally on July 28th and physically on August 11th via Bird Attack Records. No Trigger will be touring Europe in August of 2017, playing some regional East Coast US shows in the fall of 2017, and will also be appearing live at The Fest in Florida in October.

You can check out the video for Dogs On Acid, and No Trigger‘s tour dates, below Read More…

Audible Joes Irrational Anthems

Audible Joes

Irrational Anthems

Self Released
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Audible Joes hail from Cork in the Republic of Ireland in 2010, they released their debut album, Medicine For Modern Living, in 2015 and they will be self releasing their sophomore album, Irrational Anthems, tomorrow, the 14th July 2017. If you’re expecting the more familiar tones of what has become known as Celtic punk rock then you’re in for a shock, this is a million miles away from Dropkick Murphys or The Mahones, Audible Joes serve up bare knuckle punk rock that has more in common with the likes of Bad Religion, The Flatliners, Anti-Flag and Rancid than it does with the punk bands traditionally associated with the Emerald Isle.

Irrational Anthems opens up with all guns blazing on the brutal title track and the album does not relent until the final track, Until I Die, which is the only moment of respite from the full tilt assault. Irrational Anthems has that raw passion that marks out great punk albums, every track hits the mark, but there are moments that border on perfection, tracks like Born Again Cynic, Speaker Submission and Majority Rule demonstrate just how far Audible Joes have come in the two years since their debut album was released. The album is reminiscent of the aforementioned bands that have carved their names in the US punk and melodic hardcore scenes, but Audible Joes have added their own unique passion and grit to make this an album to treasure, and it marks them out as a band who deserve, and need, to be heard by a wider audience.

Where Medicine For Modern Living felt like a blunt object, Irrational Anthems feels like those oblique edges have been sharpened to switchblade precision, the whole album feels more focused but crucially they have achieved this without losing any of the raw aggression that was present of their debut album. For those who like their punk rock to not pull it’s punches then Irrational Anthems is an album you need to add to your collection or playlist. This is the sound of punk protest delivered with an urgent and defiant spirit that makes this easily their best release to date, and it’s one that I’m confident will be amongst my favourite releases from 2017.

Irrational Anthems will be released on July 14th and will be available via all major digital retailers and streaming services.

Medicine For Modern Living is available as a name your price download here

Fights And Fires LLLAT

Fights And Fires

Live Life Like A Tourist

Lockjaw Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Worcester, UK based punk rock quartet Fights And Fires are heading in to the Summer of 2017 with their latest album, Live Life Like A Tourist, that is due for release on July 14th through Lockjaw RecordsLive Life Like A Tourist features eight tracks of melodic hardcore infused gruff punk rock that is inspired by the members of Fights And Fires finding happiness in their personal lives, rekindling a love for life and a passion for their music. As such this is optimistic release that carries an underlying message of positivity that runs throughout all eight tracks on the record, a message that is underpinned by one simple message, that you’re not on your own.

The bass rumble that opens Live Life Like A Tourist leads into the full blooded melodic hardcore of Reggae,  this intense slab of brutal punk rock lays down the template for much of the album, this is eight tracks of pummelling guitar riffs with gruff punk vocals with a dense and claustrophobic feel, but they re no one trick pony and there are notable moments that stop Live Life Like A Tourist being a one trick pony. Tracks like Awkward head into straight forward hardcore territory with a more brutal approach than much of the album, whereas Camping, and especially Ouija Board, bring comparatively mellow moments, although mellow for Fights And Fires is still very much an intense and noisy affair.

Fights And Fires are very much born of the harder edged end of the melodic hardcore scene, with the exception of Ouija Board this is a raw heavy and intense album that is influenced by the original spirit of hardcore. The raw vocal delivery and intense delivery ensure that Live Life Like A Tourist picks up exactly where their 2013 sophomore album, We Could All Be Dead Tomorrow, left off and indicates that Fights and Fires still live up to their moniker after all almost ten years together.

Live Life Like A Tourist can be pre-ordered on vinyl and digital formats via Lockjaw Records here

88 Fingers Louie TYFBAF

88 Fingers Louie

Thank You For Being A Friend

Bird Attack Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

88 Fingers Louie are back after one of the longest breaks in punk rock history, it’s been almost two decades since their last album, Back On The Streets, was released. Since 88 Fingers Louie disbanded their members scattered to the four winds and went onto join or form numerous influential punk bands, including Rise Against and Alkaline Trio, but now they’re back together with a new twelve track album. Thank You For Being A Friend is not a release that sounds as though it’s stuck in the past, their signature sound is still present but crucially this is an album that sounds as contemporary and energetic as many bands with members who weren’t even conceived when 88 Fingers Louie disbanded.

From the opening punk rock blast of Meds it’s clear that 88 Fingers Louie haven’t just jumped onto the reunion bandwagon, Thank You For Being A Friend is an energetic and vital album that spans the styles that punk rock has spawned over the years, whether it’s the melodic hardcore of Advice Column to the old school feel of the superb Knock It Off, this is an album that immediately makes an impression. The album obviously incorporates their hardcore roots, but for me they are at their best when they’re channelling the old school, this might not be surprising as they are authentically old school, in particular The Violence Of Denial is the finest moment, at least for me, on Thank You For Being A Friend.

88 Fingers Louie have made what is arguably the best album of their career, and on the strength of this release I’m hoping we don’t have to wait until 2036 for the next one. This is a band that sounds as though they’ve found their original spirit and enthusiasm, which is a rare thing as we’ve all encountered some lacklustre reunions over recent years that give you the feeling that money is the sole motivation for a return, but this is not the case on Thank You For Being A Friend. It’s good to have them back, and if you liked 88 Fingers Louie the first time round then you’re going to love this album.

Thank You For Being A Friend is now available via Bird Attack Records on vinyl, CD and digital formats here

Aviator Releasing ‘Loneliness Leaves The Light On For Me’ LP

Aviator LLTLOFMBoston based hardcore outfit Aviator are releasing their sophomore LP, Loneliness Leaves The Light On For Me, tomorrow, June 23rd, via No Sleep Records. Aviator will play a series of US shows in June with Druse, including a hometown record release show on June 23 at Hardcore Stadium in Cambridge, MA, the band will also be joining Lume on a US tour in July.

Loneliness Leaves The Light On For Me can be streamed and purchased via Bandcamp here

Aviator‘s tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

Vacant Home Release ‘Reflect, Respond’ EP

Vacant Home RRAustralian melodic hardcore quintet Vacant Home have released their debut EP, Reflect, Respond, worldwide via Mutant League Records. The band were formed in Perth, Australia’s most isolated capital city, in late 2016 and Vacant Home have quickly established themselves as one of the country’s best up and coming acts. 

Reflect, Respond is available via iTunes here and Mutant League Records here

You can view the video for Heirloom, and Vacant Home‘s Australian tour dates, below Read More…

Authority Zero BTTN

Authority Zero

Broadcasting To The Nations

Bird Attack Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Ever since their formation back in 1994 Authority Zero have been consistently delivering their patented mix of punk rock, melodic hardcore and ska, and whilst that is still very much the case a few things have changed over the years, Jason DeVore is the only ever present member of the band and they have a new record label, their fifth to date. Authority Zero have now released their sixth studio album via the esteemed Bird Attack Records imprint, the album was released yesterday, 2nd June 2017, and is now available on splatter vinyl, CD and digital formats and it’s release will be followed by a full US tour with international tours, including Japan and Europe, to be announced later this year.

From the opening blasts of classic melodic hardcore, First One In The PitReconcilation and Destiny And Demise, you get a good feeling about Broadcasting To The Nations as these are a perfect trio of short sharp shocks to open proceedings, if Broadcasting To The Nations had carried on in this vein I wouldn’t have complained, but the title track brings an urgent ska influenced element to the album, and it’s followed by the mellower ska of Summer Sickness, something that punctuates and permeates the full tilt punk rock of Broadcasting To The Nations perfectly. The album somehow manages to shift up a gear at the half way mark, Bayside and Sevens are perfect slices of punk rock and Revolution Rock builds on this with a politically charged frantic blast of ska, every single track on Broadcasting To The Nations hits the spot and the album bows out on a high with the superb duo of tracks, One Way Track Kid and No Guts No Glory.

After more than twenty years I feel that Authority Zero have produced the best album to date, everything on the album is perfectly balanced, the decision to put Bill Stevenson, of Black Flag and Descendents fame, at the helm has doubtlessly contributed to this. To put it simply Broadcasting To The Nations is one of the best punk albums you’ll hear this year, the competing influences of melodic hardcore, punk rock and ska are perfectly mixed and balanced on this impressive album. I have always found that difficult and challenging times inspire the best punk rock, if that is the case then Broadcasting To The Nations is an album that is very much a product of it’s time.

You can order Broadcasting To The Nations via Bird Attack Records here

Fights And Fires To Release ‘Live Life Like A Tourist’ LP

Fights And Fires LLLATWorcester based punk-rock quartet, Fights And Fires, are heading in to the Summer with a new album, Live Life Like A Tourist, set for release on July 14th through Lockjaw Records. The new album features eight tracks of melodic hardcore infused punk-rock, inspired by the members of the band finding happiness in their personal lives, rekindling a love for life and a passion for their music. As such, an underlying message of positivity runs throughout all eight tracks on the record.

You can stream the track Blanquettes Avenue here

Live Life Like A Tourist can be pre-ordered on vinyl here

Setbacks Oceans Apart

Setbacks

Oceans Apart

Morning Wood Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Setbacks started out just a few short years ago and their latest release, Oceans Apart, follows on from their debut EP, The New Frontier, that was released in 2015. Their initial release was to test whether it was feasible to form and maintain a band that is comprised of five musicians from four different continents. The EP proved to be a success and as a result Oceans Apart, the bands first full length album, slowly and steadily came together and the album is now available on CD and digital formats via Morning Wood Records.

It seems obvious that the album title and the bands chosen moniker are more than appropriate given the circumstances, from personal experience I know it’s bad enough trying to organise a group of people to be ready to record or rehearse when they live in the same area, let alone scattered across four continents. Zenith doesn’t exactly kick things off, it gently noodles about in a worrying way before the strident punk tones kick in at about the one minute mark, things start in earnest from Too Much Time, from this point in you’re in for fourteen tracks of melodic hardcore that will be a blast for fans of Bad Religion, Pennywise and Millencolin.

Setbacks have managed to bring together their decades of melodic hardcore punk experience from their previous ventures and combine it to create something that recreates the hardcore sound they all grew up on and love. Such is the influence from the melodic hardcore bands that informed their sound it can seem that Oceans Apart comes across as something of a throwback, but if you like your intense punk rock delivered in an old school style then Setbacks may well be your new favourite band. This is an album that takes it’s cues directly from the bands that influenced it, Oceans Apart might not be the most original album you’ll hear this year but it’s a more than welcome blast from the past.

Oceans Apart can be streamed and purchased via Morning Wood Records here

Vacant Home To Release ‘Reflect, Respond’ EP

Vacant Home RR PromoAustralian melodic hardcore quintet Vacant Home have signed with Mutant League Records and will release their new EP, Reflect, Respond, worldwide on June 16th. Their brand of west coast melodic hardcore attracted a worldwide audience with the emotional and heartfelt debut single, Shiver, gaining over 350k views on Youtube within 6 months, now with an Australian tour with Eat Your Heart Out in their sights, a debut EP on the horizon and a growing worldwide fan base demanding more, Vacant Home are showing no sign of slowing down in 2017.

You can view the video for the track Shiver, and Vacant Home‘s Australian tour dates, below Read More…

Setbacks Release ‘Oceans Apart’ Album

Setbacks Oceans ApartSetbacks started up in 2015 having recorded and pressed a limited edition EP, The New Frontier, this was the prototype to test the waters and see the feasibility of having a band which consisted of five musicians from four different continents. The EP proved a success and the bands first full length album, Oceans Apart, slowly and steadily came together. With Aaron Gouldings unique vocal tone, something Pridebowl fans have too long been without, Setbacks have managed to bring together their decades of melodic hardcore punk experience from their previous ventures and combine it to create something oozing that 80’s and 90’s sound they all grew up on and love.

Oceans Apart can be streamed and purchased via Morning Wood Records here

Despero Somewhere Near The Bottom

Despero

Somewhere Near The Bottom

La Escalera Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Texan punk quartet Despero, that features former members of The Anchor, The Capitalist Kids, Air Tight Alibi, and Town Hall Devils, are gearing up to release their album Somewhere Near The Bottom tomorrow, the 24th of March, through La Escalera Records, the album will be available on CD and digital formats. Somewhere Near The Bottom is the band’s debut full length release, it originally appeared in a slightly shorter format via their Bandcamp last year, now the album is getting a full release via the esteemed La Escalera Records imprint.

The Bullets kicks off the album with a fine hardcore tinged blast of punk rock, this is followed by the darker themed Tiny Victories that has more of an anthemic quality and an insistent right hook of a riff. Somewhere Near The Bottom switches almost schizophrenically between their hard edged brutal side, and a more melodic counterpart, for me the latter part of their personality has the greater appeal, but both are delivered with equal passion and commitment across the album’s short sharp shock of nine tracks, that are delivered in a shade under twenty five minutes.

Despero are a band that refuse to be pigeonholed, whilst they are a full blooded punk band their delivery varies from straight up punk rock, through melodic hardcore and into full blooded hardcore. If you have any love for the likes of Strung Out, Good Riddance and Avail then this is a band you will want to investigate, as Somewhere Near The Bottom is a full blooded album of bare knuckle punk rock that will we be a welcome addition to your playlist.

Despero will be appearing at La Escalera Fest 6 in April 2017 in San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico alongside thirty other bands from the La Escalera Records stable. You can buy tickets, and get more information about La Escalera Fest 6 here

Somewhere Near The Bottom can be pre-ordered on CD here and digitally here

Despero‘s Facebook presence can be found here

Casey Release New Music Video For ‘Little Bird’

Casey Love Is Not EnoughSouth Wales’ melodic hardcore upstarts Casey recently celebrated the North American release of their debut full length, Love Is Not Enough, that is now available via Hassle Records. Now the band has released a brand new music video for Little Bird, one of the many explosive tracks from the album.

You can order Love Is Not Enough on physical formats here and digitally via iTunes

You can view the video for Little Bird below Read More…

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One Hidden Frame

Harmful Content

Bird Attack Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

One Hidden Frame were formed in 2002 right next to the Russian border in Lappeenranta, Finland, the band has now been around for over a decade and has undergone numerous line up changes over the years, the current incarnation of One Hidden Frame are now more active than ever and they have developed a heavier more aggressive sound for their latest album. Harmful Content was released a few days ago, on the 17th March 2017, via Bird Attack Records and the album is now available for download, and also on extremely limited edition vinyl.

One Hidden Frame have made a few forays into Europe, including an appearance at Punk Rock Holiday, and now it appears that they are intent on making an impact outside their home turf with the release of Harmful Content. The opening What I’d Rather Say Is… verges on post hardcore before the album kicks into the full on melodic hardcore of From Maidan To Tahrir, from this point on the album veers between the various incarnations that hardcore has spawned over the years in an intense and emotional, if not somewhat familiar, manner.

One Hidden Frame delivers a mix of melancholic 90s skate punk and melodic hardcore, it’s a mix that will definately appeal to fans of the likes of Propagandhi and Pennywise. This is a solid nine tracks of emotive hard edged punk rock that will hit the spot the for fans of the more intense side of post hardcore, and obviously established fans of melodic hardcore. For me there is nothing on Harmful Content that I haven’t heard before, but having said that this is an album that is well delivered and faultlessly produced, and it’s one that should earn them new devotees outside of their native Finland.

Harmful Content can be purchased and streamed here

One Hidden Frame‘s Facebook presence can be found here

One Hidden Frame Release ‘Harmful Content’

One_Hidden_Frame_-_Harmful_ContentFinnish shredders One Hidden Frame have released their fifth full-length album, titled Harmful Content, through, the album features nine tracks of riff infused melodic punk and if you love Propagandhi, you’ll definitely want to check this album out. One Hidden Frame were formed in 2002 right next to the Russian border in Lappeenranta, Finland, the band delivers a mix of melancholic 90s skate punk and melodic hardcore without fear of adding emotion to their music.

One Hidden Frame‘s Facebook page can be found here

You can purchase and stream Harmful Content via Bandcamp here

One Hidden Frame Release Video For ‘Exploding Head Syndrome’

One_Hidden_Frame_-_Harmful_ContentOne Hidden Frame have released a music video for their song Exploding Head Syndrome, the track is taken from the band’s fifth full length album, Harmful Content, which is scheduled to be released on March 17 2017 through Bird Attack Records.

You can pre order Harmful Content here

One Hidden Frame‘s Facebook page can be found here

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One Hidden Frame To Release ‘Harmful Content’

One_Hidden_Frame_-_Harmful_ContentFormed in 2002 right next to the Russian border in Lappeenranta, Finland, One Hidden Frame deliver a mix of melancholic 90s skate punk and melodic hardcore, having been around over a decade, as well as having gone through some line up changes in recent years, One Hidden Frame are more active than ever as they develop a heavier, more aggressive sound that will resonate with fans of Propagandhi. The band will be releasing their fifth album, Harmful Content, on March 17th through Bird Attack Records, the album can now be pre-ordered through Bandcamp, where you can also stream the first single, Exploding Head Syndrome.

Harmful Content can be pre-ordered here

Grail Release Stream Of ‘Severed Ties’ From Debut EP

Grail Severed TiesMelodic hardcore band Grail, that features members of Driver Side Impact and Dear Whoever, are debuting a new song, Severed Ties, off their forthcoming debut EP, Still Alive, that is due out on March 21st. Frontman Stason Bobo had this to say 

‘Severed Ties’ depicts a story of betrayal and forgiveness, ultimately coming to a conclusion to call it quits with a relationship. Willing to wipe the slate of all the wrong doings within one’s lover’s conundrums, only to find that there will always be secrets in hiding to be uncovered.

Grail‘s Facebook presence can be found here  Severed Ties can be streamed here

Casey Release Full Stream Of Debut Full Length

Casey Love Is Not EnoughSouth Wales’ melodic hardcore upstarts, Casey, are releasing their debut album, Love Is Not Enough, in North America on February 24th via Hassle Records, to celebrate they have released an early full stream of the album. Casey have also announced a lengthy run of spring tour dates, which include appearances at Download Festival and Destruction Derby Festival.

Love Is Not Enough can be streamed in full here and can be pre-ordered via iTunes

Casey‘s Spring tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

FOD Harvest

F.O.D.

Harvest

Bird Attack Records / Effervescence Records / Funtime Records / Bells On Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Belguim’s F.O.D. are a four piece punk rock band that are now well established on the punk scene on their home turf, now the release of their latest full length, Harvest, via Bird Attack Records, Effervescence Records, Funtime Records and Bells On Records, depending on your choice of format and location, will hopefully serve to further spread their name beyond the borders of their home country. F.O.D. have built a steady live reputation with their catchy melodies and vocal harmonies, and Harvest is a seventeen track album that delivers those qualities in abundance. Harvest was released on the 7th February and is available on CD and vinyl, on clear and black variants, as well as digitally.

F.O.D. kick things off in fine manic style with 41, an ode to those of who are getting a bit older but are refusing to grow old gracefully, from this point on the album powers it’s way though seventeen tracks of accomplished melodic punk rock. The album rarely takes it’s foot off the gas, although tracks such as There’s A Place (Where We Can Go To) and High Street Gloria do provide some breathing space, but first and foremost this is an album of full tilt melodic punk rock that wears it’s influences firmly on it’s sleeves. When compared to their previous albums Harvest comes across as a slightly darker more aggressive album, but this isn’t at the expense of their trademark style, the melodies and catchy as hell choruses are still an ever present feature.

Harvest is an album that carries a hefty influence from the likes of Green Day, Descendents, Lagwagon and Bad Religion, but that’s not to say this is any way a reproduction of those bands, F.O.D. have very much added their own character into the mix to produce a heady mix of their influences, that is delivered with a distinctly European twist. Whilst there isn’t anything on Harvest that will surprise you, there is certainly more than enough to delight F.O.D.‘s established fanbase, and any fan of the aforementioned bands.

Harvest can be purchased and streamed here

F.O.D.‘s website can be located here

Straightline VV

Straightline

Vanishing Values

Bird Attack Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

German melodic skate punkers Straightline will be releasing their latest album, Vanishing Values, worldwide tomorrow, February 10th 2017, through Bird Attack Records. The quartet, who reside in Munich, Germany, have previously released three albums, and an identical number of EPs, all of which are filled with fiery metal riffs built on a solid punk rock backbone. Their latest album, Vanishing Values, brings together the best elements of their past releases in a twelve song package, one that demonstrates why Straightline have built a loyal following that brings metalheads and punks into the fold in equal measure.

Vanishing Lives opens with Generation Lost, a furious hybrid of punk rock that incorporates the less self indulgent elements of thrash metal, including breakdowns and, thankfully brief, technical guitar solos. The album continues to vary the balance, Pleonexia leans towards a stronger influence from melodic hardcore with the metal elements on the back burner, whilst Not Afraid takes things back into the thrash realm, The album continues to veer wildly, combining their influences to produce a unique fusion of thrash metal, punk rock and melodic hardcore, and even touches of dub and folk punk, that you can’t help but be impressed by.

Straightline have produced an album that will please fans from both camps, Vanishing Lives is an album that has managed to balance the competing influences perfectly, it’s wouldn’t take a genius to guess that I prefer the tracks that have a stronger punk influence, but I didn’t encounter anything on the thrashier tracks that had me reaching to skip to the next track. You can detect a hefty influence from the likes of Propaghandi, Strung Out, Good Riddance and Lagwagon in their sound, these are married perfectly to the influences from the parallel universe that metal and thrash inhabit to produce an impressive crossover album, this is not any easy trick to pull off, but it’s one that Straightline have managed to make sound effortless.

The Bird Attack Records Bandcamp can be found here and their website is here

Straghtline‘s Facebook page can be found here and their Bandcamp is here

Our Darkest Days Release Video For ‘The Burden Of My Sins’

our-darkest-days-acaOur Darkest Days have released a music video for their song The Burden Of My Sins, that features Michael Garcia from Forus. The track is taken from their latest album,  A Common Agony, that is available now on CD and Digital formats via Bird Attack Records.

The Punk Site review of A Common Agony can be found here

A Common Agony can be purchased here
 
The video For The Burden Of My Sins can be viewed below

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Darko Bonsai Mammoth

Darko

Bonsai Mammoth

Bird Attack Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Guildford, UK based melodic hardcore quintet Darko have unleashed their latest release, Bonsai Mammoth, via Bird Attack Records (US),Lockjaw Records (UK), Torch of Hope Records (JP) and Giljotina Records (SI). Despite Darko‘s longevity this is their debut full length and it follows on from the steady stream of EP’s and singles that have littered their history. The album was released yesterday, the 3rd February 2017, and is now available to purchase on vinyl and CD, and Bonsai Mammoth can also be streamed and ordered digitally.

Bonsai Mammoth starts with some light, almost jazz, chords, this worrying start is thankfully short lived, at the 25 second mark the album jump starts with the frantic hardcore infused skate punk of the opening track, Life Forms. Bonsai Mammoth continues in this vein, with the exception of the brief mellow strains of The Chernobyl Effect, a track that acts as a brief mid point intermission to the relentless punk assault. The pace and intensity contained on Bonsai Mammoth is unrelenting, but the style in which it is delivered remains varied, encompassing hardcore, melodic hardcore and skate punk, along with a few technical math rock flourishes that add a technical element to their delivery.

This is the sound of a band that is experiencing something of a renaissance in their sound, Darko have been with us for a while now, their debut EP was released back in 2010, and Bonsai Mammoth sounds tighter and more focused and intense than anything Darko have previously released. This is a somewhat relentless release, with the sole exception of the brief instrumental that acts as a mid distance marker, that is a full on hardcore assault from start to end, one that sits at the extreme end of the melodic hardcore spectrum. As Darko approach the milestone of a decade together Bonsai Mammoth is an indicator that this is a band that clearly has a lot more to offer.

Darko‘s Facebook presence can be found here, their Bandcamp is here and their website is here

Bonsai Mammoth can be streamed and purchased via Bird Attack Records here

Darko Announce Tour Dates And Stream of New Song

Darko Bonsai MammothDarko have announced the first batch of 2017 tour dates in support of the new album, Bonsai Mammoth, which will be released on on February 3rd via Bird Attack Records (US), Lockjaw Records (UK) and Torch Of Hope (JP). The tour dates include a hometown release show in Guildford, a European release show and an appearance at EXIT Festival in Serbia.

You can stream the new track Set In Our Ways here,

Bonsai Mammoth can be pre-ordered here (US) and here (UK)

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Casey Announce US Release of Debut LP ‘Love Is Not Enough’

Casey Love Is Not EnoughSouth Wales’ melodic hardcore upstarts, Casey, have announced the North American release of their boundary pushing debut full length, Love Is Not Enough, due out February 24th from Hassle Records. To mark the announcement, the UK band have released the intense music video for Darling, one of the album’s stand out tracks. 

The North American release of Love Is Not Enough is available for pre-order via iTunes here

The video for Darling can be viewed below Read More…

Ambleside Confirm Australian Tour And Release ‘Shape Me’ EP

ambleside-trophy-eyes-tour-jan-17Ambleside are a band that are leading the charge in the Australian melodic hardcore scene. Since releasing their self produced debut EP, New Tide, the band has toured tirelessly, notching up six Australian east coast tours within the last two years, supporting an array of well known international and local acts. Ambleside have confirmed they will join Trophy Eyes, Columbus and Our Past Days on a February Australian tour in support of their latest EP, Shape Me, which is out in the US on Mutant League Records. Several of the shows on the tour are already sold out.

The Shape Me EP can be purchased from Mutant League Records here

You can stream the Shape Me EP here and you can view the video for the track Dear Mother below Read More…

Darko Release Music Video For Their New Single, “Hiraeth”

Darko Bonsai MammothDarko have shared their new single, Hiraeth, and it’s accompanying video, the track is taken from the new album, Bonsai Mammoth, which will be released on all formats on February 3, 2017 through Bird Attack Records (US), Lockjaw Records (UK) and Torch Of Hope (JP). With musical salutes to riff-thrashers like Protest The Hero, straight-up skate punk legends Strung Out and the melodic hardcore of Comeback Kid, Bonsai Mammoth delivers wholeheartedly and shows a real progression to the band’s sound, a continuation of a journey this band of DIY brothers are only just beginning.

You can view the video for Hiraeth below Read More…

Ambleside Confirm Australian Tour With Trophy Eyes

ambleside-trophy-eyes-tour-jan-17Ambleside are a band that are leading the charge in the Australian melodic hardcore scene. Since releasing their self produced debut EP, New Tide, the band has toured tirelessly, notching up six Australian east coast tours within the last two years, supporting an array of well known international and local acts.

Ambleside have confirmed they will join Trophy Eyes, Columbus and Our Past Days on a February Australian tour in support of their latest EP, Shape Me, which is out in the US on Mutant League Records. Several of the shows on the tour are already sold out.

You can view the video for the track Wash Away, and the tour dates, below Read More…

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Aim Higher

Homemade EP

Rise Records
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Kevin Seconds really doesn’t need any introduction, he formed the legendary punk band 7 Seconds at the tail end of the late 1970’s, and although they have always remained a going concern he has always taken on new projects, whether that is solo releases, collaborations or new bands, all of which are always accompanied by a relentless touring schedule. Now he has launched his latest outfit, Aim Higher, this is his home recording DIY hardcore project and they released their debut single, the four song Homemade EP, on Rise Records in mid December.

Stain On Your Generation opens the Homemade EP, this is a straight up blast of melodic hardcore that has a distinctly DIY authenticity, a quality that is maintained across all four tracks, about it, For A Reason keeps the tempo up but with a stronger nod to the melodic element of his songwriting. The title track of the Homemade EP is another short hardcore blast that hits the spot before you get to the EP’s final track, Mouth Of A Stranger. This track is the highlight of the EP, it encompasses everything that we’ve loved about the best releases Kevin Seconds has put out over the last four decades, it is a perfect amalgamation of punk and hardcore and proves that Kevin Seconds has lost none of his fire. This track alone would make this release an essential purchase, but combine it with the three tracks that preceded it and this should make the Homemade EP your first purchase of 2017.

The Homemade EP is a lo-fi take on melodic hardcore, it is a little on the short side as all four tracks are done and dusted in under five minutes, but this is Kevin Seconds doing what he does best, and doing it with the punk DIY ethos that is the hallmark of some of the best records I heard in 2016. This is an authentic EP that combines punk, hardcore and melodic hardcore in the space of less than five minutes and as you’d expect it’s done with integrity and embodies the original punk attitude. The Homemade EP is available for download via iTunes, and there is also as a limited edition monochrome splatter vinyl version, that is limited to only 500 copies.

The download of the Homemade EP can be ordered here

You can stream the Homemade EP, and order the limited edition vinyl, here

Our Darkest Days Release ‘Ceaseless’ Music Video

our-darkest-days-acaOur Darkest Days have released a music video for the song Ceaseless, the video takes you on the road with Our Darkest Days on the overnight drives from city to city whilst on tour. Ceaseless is taken from their latest album, A Common Agony, that is available now on CD and digital formats via Bird Attack Records.

A Common Agony can be streamed and purchased here

You can watch the video for Ceaseless below Read More…