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BEARDAGE:
Riffage Demonstrations: CD
Hardcore punk music delivered loud, fast, and short. You can find the digital album for free online, so give it a google and take a listen for yourself. Give a donation if you like. Ill give my support to any band that supports free music. –Corinne (Low Brow Lunacy)


BAD FATE:
Self-titled: 7
Jangly indie rock stuff that is incredibly hard not to think of Bettie Serveert or Erics Trip when listening to. Not my usual fare, but I enjoyed it. –Ty Stranglehold (The Broadway To Boundary)


AX, THE:
Fossils of Our Kind: 10 EP
A two-piece experimenting with a hybrid of Helmet/400 Blows-styled heavy rock. Sadly, with all that promise, the final product comes across as very bland, particularly in the vocals. Judging by the photograph on the back of the record, these fellas appear to be of the young persuasion and armed with some superior quality instruments. Thats not to say their age affects their capabilities. If anything, I hope their talent has the potential of maturing along with them. Then perhaps theyd have something going on. –Juan Espinosa (Whoa! Boat, whoaboatrecords.com)


ATOMIC BOMBS:
Policemans Ball: CD
I am by no means a fan of law enforcement, but the cover, which depicts a cop being raped by a punk, may be just a wee bit much. That said, the music heres pretty spot on: mid-80s hardcore feel, a singer with a unique delivery that is decidedly outside the usual growl/howl box, and the recurrent subject matter of police and the fun they create, told with occasional flashes of humor and pertinent sound bites. –Jimmy Alvarado (Solidarity First)


ATOMGEVITTER:
Thrash Ritual: CD
Thrash thrash thrash! Forty songs of sonic speed trials, many unreleased, remastered, and more. Very 625 style: fast, a bit whacked out, straddling hardcore, punk, and metal crossover. I must admit, its hard to listen to forty songs of this style without it blurring into one song. Near impossible. I listened to the Larm discography straight through a few times just to see if I could do it, and it changed me. Not in a good way. My attention span shortened. This is doing the same thing. I do like this, but, fuck, it gets to be a slog. I recommend listening to this in parts for full effect. Then you can appreciate the speed, how they can throw in some catchy and crunching riffs, and the wild, strangled vocals. This disc includes the material from their split with Filthpact, their Hirosehmo EP, a comp track, some live stuff, and mostly unreleased (as mentioned at the top of this paragraph). –Matt Average (Revulsion, info@revulsionrecords.com)


ART INSTITUTE:
People Like It When You Fail: LP
The band name is aproposa lotta art pumped into the sound of a band that isnt afraid to dive into the post-punk pool and do their best to avoid coming off like yet another Gang Of Four tribute band addicted to the drug of nostalgia. Tunes are sophisticated, diverse, and only a wee bit pretentious at times. The singer occasionally sounds reminiscent of Lee Reynaldo. –Jimmy Alvarado (Artificial Head)


ARMITAGE SHANKS:
All Cisterns Go!: 7 EP
Penultimate Lairds o th Toe Rag Sound, the Armitage Shanks have put out a ton of records since the 90s, none of them flushable ((for the underinitiated, try to imagine what Thee Headcoats would sound like were they more given to bashing out old punk numbers than dissecting the complexities of Billy Childishs familial relationships, and youve pretty much hit upon the critical nexus of the Shanks oeuvre)). Who doesnt love old guys being simultaneously dapper and vile, especially when they do so whilst beating the hell out of their guitars, thus inflicting a choppy, noxious racket without the guitars ever actually sounding overdriven? I sure dont not love them, thats for sure. Anyway, speaking of the devil, Did Punk Rock Make You a Millionaire? sounds like one of those P.O.ed rants Billy Childish would get off onto back in the 90s, as the band lyrically examines the relative financial states of various elderly punk figures, problem being that their accents make it difficult for me to figure out the names of half the old farts about whom theyre singing ((also, is Jimmy Pursey really living in a doorway? That sucks if its true. Especially if its my doorway)). The Ballad of Unlucky Luke is essentially a Snodlanded-up version of the Figgs Bad Luck Sammy, and No Chance is a classic hive of scum and villainy in the bands gloriously bilious tradition. Things wrap up with a cover of Action Time Vision, a song at which the band is peculiarly adept. Buy this now, whilst the band is still flushed with their own success! BEST SONG: No Chance BEST SONG TITLE: Did Punk Rock Make You a Millionaire? FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Ive never really given the matter much thought prior to this moment, but i think this is the most toilets ive ever seen on a record cover. –Rev. Norb (Braindart)


ARDILLAS:
Self-titled: LP
Picked this up from my local record shop after Davila 666 last came through town guess they sold a few copies to the store. Ardillas (which the Internet translates from Spanish to mean either squirrel or, as an adjective, sharp, clever) hail from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and features two members of Davila 666. Even considering them the separate bands they are, I cant help but hear some similarities (they share a drummer so the drums are bombastic and fill-happy) but there are enough differences to distinguish the two (the mix isnt completely drenched in reverb; songs are less noisy.) According to the internet, this band has been around for ten years! The songs are anthemic, punk pop, part Sex Pistols (the snot), part Dead Boys (the big drum sound and the snot), with the occasional guitar heroics (Todo Es Mierda). Marble gray vinyl adds a nice touch. –Sal Lucci (Chacho, chachorecords@gmail.com)


APATIA:
Self-titled: LP
Apatia would benefit from ditching the long songs, the n-metal influence, and finally chucking their bass players effects pedal into the Baltic Sea (theyre from Poland). This is obviously a DIY product and the pictures on the insert show a group of young men having a good time doing their thing. Unfortunately, I believe in no credit for showing up: bad music is bad music no matter how its presented. –Juan Espinosa (Pasazer, pasazer@pasazer.pl)


AMOEBAS:
Self-titled: CD
Fans of The Stitches or The Briefs will sauce their shorts over this one. All eight of the songs included are incredible blasts of high energy, 77-infused, accessible punk of the best kind. The Amoebas debut full length is a true instant classic and easily one of the best albums of the decade so far. As if the music itself wasnt enough, Modern Action again takes the cake for beautiful packaging, with four editions available (two LP versions and two CD versions). Theres an admittedly fine line between labor of love presentation and the deliberate creation of collector asshole-ism, but its all in good fun. The LP is already sold out as of this writing, but Im sure itll be repressed. Sleazy, magical, and just plain rocking, this is a rare heavy hype record that lives up to the hype. And then some. –Art Ettinger (Modern Action, modernactionrecords.com)


ABOLITIONIST:
It Used to Rain: LP
Jawbreaker/Hot Water Music-styled pop punk. The record tells the story of a world that finds itself with a water shortage and the society that is now built around it. While interesting, the music doesnt live up to the concept. Its not bad, but some songs drag on and the vocal delivery can seem jagged and rough in context to the music. Neat ideas with some questionable execution. –Bryan Static (1859)


6MAS:
Rape the Earth: LP
Making blanket statements without backing them up makes the speaker sound ignorant. Double for making such on a recording or in print, because then you cant blab your way out of it. Im quite guilty of it myself. Im even guilty of doing it in these pages. So with benefit of hindsight, lets say that youre 6mas and you wrote a song called Emo Sucks, which makes assumptions about the entire breadth and history of anything thats ever been tagged emo. That makes the 6mas sound uninformed, nave, and petty. Now dont get me wrong, I really dont give a fuck what 6mas or anybody else thinks about emo. But next time, it might be a good idea for 6mas to write a song called Generally Speaking, Emo Sucks or From My Experience So Far, Emo Isnt Really My Thing. For instance, what if I said, generally speaking, crust sucks because ninety percent of it sounds exactly like 6mas, in other words, dudes growling and using rape as a metaphor for environmental destruction over guitars that go banana banana banana? This makes an educated statement, to crust fans and haters alike, that crust usually sucks, for the aforementioned reason and that 6mas is part of the problem. In the meantime, hope springs eternal. –Craven (GRF, grfrecords.estranky.cz)


ZLODZIEJE ROWEROW:
Final (Live): CD/DVD
Hailing from Warsaw, Poland, Zlodzieje Rowerow (Bicycle Thieves in Polish) were a pillar of the Polish hardcore punk scene since the early 90s. On December 18th, 2010 the band played their last show at Club CDQ in Warsaw to a sold-out crowd. All the intensity of that last show is captured on this live CD/DVD. The sound quality on the CD is amazing, one of the best live recordings Ive ever heard. Zlodzieje Rowerow play melodic hardcore, with catchy riffs and shouted vocals. Theres a bit of late 80s post-hardcore vibe in this as well that I was into. Sadly, I was unable to get the DVD to play in my DVD player, but based on the CD alone, Id say this is solidly worth checking out. –Paul J. Comeau (Refuse)


YUCK FOU:
System in Effect: CD
I thought there was no way that the music could live up to a band name like Yuck Fou, or the cover art depicting a nuclear mushroom cloud shaped like a middle finger... I was wrong. This is exactly what a band with a name and art this bad should sound like. Sludgy, angry, boring metal. Unless this is some kind of high parody, in which case I was totally roped in, and I applaud their wit. –Ty Stranglehold (Ever Rat)


YOUTH AVOIDERS:
Time Flies: 7
Youth Avoiders has been one of my favorite bands of the last few years, and this 7 reaffirms that belief. Between the demo and their split with Zombies Are Pissed, the band got a bit more melodic, a bit more rocknroll, while still maintaining the aggression that made the demo so great. This 7 has a similar vibe to the material on the split, with frantic energy and crazy guitar wankery right out of the gate. Lyrically, they are still a bit all over the place, but vocalist Christopher Gautier is so fierce on the mic that the roar of his delivery sells anything they could write about. If youve yet to check these guys out, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. Highly recommended. –Paul J. Comeau (Build Me A Bomb, youthavoiders@riseup.net)


WYMYNS PRYSYN:
Self-titled: EP
Raging rawk garage ponk hardcorewhatever the fuck you want to call it. The guitar is loud and dense, the bass is up in the mix pounding against your skull, and the drums are bashing everything around into mincemeat. The songs on the first side, Payday and Cat Pills, are as fast as they are catchy. So fucking good its not funny! Both songs are a sonic whirlwind that whips you around, turning everything upside down and leaving the room in shambles. Is the surf-esque instrumental on the flipside, John Titors Blues about the time traveler from 2036? Nonetheless, its an interesting choice to end this record, as it shifts the mood slightly down and fuzzes out with a good amount of low end. Hunt this bastard down. –Matt Average (Scavenger Of Death)


WOUNDED LION:
IVXLCDM: CD
When I saw that I had a release from In The Red, I thought, Cool! They put out some good stuff. This album by Wounded Lion, however, is not one of them. I cant tell if the vocals and lyrics are supposed to be funny or not. The vocals are so dull and deadpanned I almost cant help but think its all part of the bands thing, but who knows? The lyrics include singing about episodes of The Love Boat and Batman, monkeys, and someone named Jim. The band also lifts a line or two from Black Flags Depression, that makes The Dirty Projectors cover of the song sound intense. Their track Black Ops is some sort of repetitive sonic torture reminiscent of The Song That Never Ends. Except, thankfully, it does. The music is predominantly fuzzy garage rock, which is okay in its on right, but, frankly, Im getting tired of hearing so many bands play it the past few years. What Id love to see Wounded Lion do is more songs along the line of the fifth track, Going into the Unknown, a darker, slower tune that doesnt have the garage rock but keeps the fuzzy guitar sound and which the vocals also compliment. Unfortunately, its the only track like it on the album. Shame. –Kurt Morris (In The Red)


WORRIERS, THE:
Past Lives: 7
Im going to embarrass Lauren here and put in my bid that shes our Billy Bragg. Whereas Sr. Bragg makes the political personal, Ms. Measure makes the personal universal. She has a theurgical ability of turning the everydayloss, cracked cups, slow disintegration, the small epiphanies, the fragile-skin bubbles of loveinto shiny little beads to contemplate, to gain strength from. So bittersweet, this post-Measure [SA] world we live in; lets revel in the fact that integrity and honesty never go out of fashion. (I learned a word in this review from the cover of the 7. Thanks, punk rock.) –Todd Taylor (No Idea)


WITHDRAWAL:
Faith Flesh & Blood: 7 EP
While the presence of one o them, Naw, it aint really a swastika swastikas next to an upside down cross on the back cover did elicit a raised eyebrow, the music presented here is spot-on hardcore up to its neck in metal influence, sorta like Gehenna slowed down or some other metalcore group I cant quite put my finger on. This kinda stuff appears to be enjoying a renaissance, which is a bit of relief after years of silly black metal and painful n metal-influenced hardcore pabulum. –Jimmy Alvarado (A389)


WITCH-LORD:
Atomized in the Black Solarian: LP
Another band featuring a Gehenna member or two; this band deals in post-Sabbath sludge-o-rama metal. Limited to 250 copies. –Jimmy Alvarado (A389)


WILD, THE / RUN, FOREVER:
Split: 7
This unique split of folk punk tunes and a mini-zine, to boot, has quickly made it into my regular rotation. The Wild, a five piece band out of Atlanta, builds their variety of folk punk with harmonica, tambourine, banjo, and galloping drums. Less backwoods than country dirt road, their two-song contribution has left their Dylan-style ballads at home and wrangled up some knee-slappin, toe-tappin jams. Street Names and To Be Content challenge us to realize our potential with sing-along choruses, like, We are the ones were waiting for; this is the here and now. On the flip side, Run, Forever is a trio out of Pittsburgh, PA offering up two power punk tracks, Silver Screens and Young Pioneers. The former kicks things off with a rockabilly, garage-type hook, while the latter brings up some Jawbreaker harmonies. Run, Forever hits on those things we have trouble letting go of and maintaining that positive DIY attitude in the face of adversity. To top things off, in classic cut and paste fashion, the zine consists of photos, lyrics from both bands, pieces on twenty-one-and-over shows, and safety in punk collectives. Impressive work, both musically and literarily. Recommended. –Kristen K (Solidarity, solidarityrecordings.com)


WIDE ANGLES:
Boxcutter: 7 EP
Four tracks of indie/emo/pop punk hybridism that makes one break out in a funky rash. –Jimmy Alvarado (No Breaks)


WHITE WHALE / MALLWALKERS:
Split: 7
White Whale play pissed garage punk with trace amounts of snot. Its quite conducive to bopping your head up and down to, whether or not they want you to enjoy it. The driving bass lines are the clinchers. Fans of Chicago garage punk bands take note. Mallwalkers are Buffalo, NYs answer to Black Randy & The Metro Squad, only thirty years later. Soul-inspired punk (with horns) that must mandate a party. Finishing up their side of the split with the finger pointing track Lo-fi Losers, you just get the feeling that they must absolutely kill live. Contains members of Everything Fall Apart, Unwelcome Guests, Get Bent, and other Buffalo punk bands. –Daryl Gussin (Subject / Feral Kid)


WHATEVER BRAINS:
Self-titled: LP
Chaotic, wild, fucked up, drug-fueled, spasticthese are all descriptions that are more than fitting and likely lobbed at Whatever Brains quite frequently. I reckon their starting point is some dank corner of the garage rock thang, but they drown it in synths and a whole buncha other crazy shit and fuel it all with a manic energy that would make Polysics or Le Shok green with envy. Some cat you hate havin around cause hes a complete asshole? Plop this on the ol record player when hes peakin and watch the fuckers head explode. –Jimmy Alvarado (Sorry State)


WEIRD PARTY:
Honey Slides: 7 single
Decent single here. Honey Sides is a pretty straight forward garage-style song that has a little bit of attitude, but not enough to be convincing when youre singing about being a maniac. If youre going to sing about it, play like you are. A little more fire and abandon is needed to send this song over the edge. The flipside, Sarah Palin is better. It has more going on to hold your interest and warrant repeat listens. The low end that comes in with a thud at the beginning is what grabbed me. The vocals during the chorus hinge on Doc Dart at times, which is cool. I like how the chorus contrasts with the rest of the song and is effective at hooking you in. Never thought Id like anything with Sarah Palins name on it, but this is a pretty good song. Is it about her? I have no idea. But they say, Her eyes are filled with terror baby / It smells like the stench of a dead cow. –Matt Average (Sex & Death, sexanddeath.bigcartel.com)


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