South Berkeley signed with Krod Records, the new single unveiled!

South Berkeley is a melodic punkrock band based in Paris and Nice, France. The music of the band sounds like old school 90-ies melodic punk with some modern influences.

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For me one of the better new singles that I have heard lately. I am sure that the album will be awesome once it is out. European punkrock scene is just awesome, more and more bands are coming out every single day and I am just happy that the scene is just blossoming with bands, promoters, zines, gigs and stuff.

 

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(gig report)Održan još jedan In Memoriam u Prostoru Čakovec

Kao i svake godine, jučer je u Prostoru Čakovec održan sad već tradicionalan In Memoriam koncert posvećen svim prerano preminulim ljudima sa čakovečke scene.

Dvorište pred Prostorom je bilo solidno popunjeno prije koncerta, gdje su ljudi kratili vrijeme svom pratećom punk ikonografijom koja ide uz ovakve koncerte. Kada sam ušao Prostor se već solidno popunio i na binu je stao prvi bend večeri, zagrebačke PIČKE VRIŠTE.

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O ovom bendu sam u zineu pisao već nekoliko puta, tako da neću suviše trošiti riječi, pošto mi je to jedan od najdražih bendova domaće scene, uz to i prijatelji, pa je jako teško napisati nešto objektivno. Gledao sam ih uživo već nekoliko puta i čini mi se da mi je ovo bio jedan od boljih njihovih setova koje sam vidio do sada. Set lista je bila lukavo sastavljena od dobro iskombiniranih pjesama sa novog nadolazećeg albuma i starih provjerenih hitova sa prvijenca “Nedovršena priča”. za sada jedinog njihovog albuma. Za kraj, kao i uvijek provjereni hitovi “Oprosti” i “Sjeti se”.

Drugi bend, slovenski MUŠKAT HAMBURG sam nažalost propustio. Kao što je slučaj sa ovakvim koncertima, dođe dosta ljudi koje ne vidiš inače i ne pohode gigove često, pa se zapričaš, podružiš, a vrijeme prođe tako da niti ne skužiš da je već prošao cijeli set benda. Proveo sam vrijeme ispred u dvorištu Prostora družeći se s nekim ljudima. Biti će drugom prilike za čuti ovaj bend.

DEBELI PRECJEDNIK iz Osijeka nastupio je kao headliner koncerta, a pošto se radi o bendu kojeg pratim uživo već 22 godine, a samo u zadnjih dvije tri godine sam pohodio njihove koncerte barem pet puta, teško je napisati nešto objektivno o jednom od meni najdražih bendova.

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Set su otvorili sa “Marionette”, a nastavilo se uz “Guilty Conscience”, “Another Day Conquered”, “Still Breathing”, “Surrender Now”, a jako me iznenadilo što su svirali pjesmu koju od njih jako dugo nisam čuo live, a to je obrada Misfits “Ive Turned Into A Pastir”. Publika je bila razularena, pogo, stage dive, slam i cijelo vrijeme pjevanje s Kocom na mikrofon. Bend je bio vidljivo sretan ovakvom interakcijom na razini Debeljaci-publika. Naravno svi su čekali onaj dio seta koji čine stvari na hrvatskom jeziku, u sklopu kojeg su odsvirali novu stvar “Nema me..u apotekama” koja je meni fenomenalna. “Zaredali su “Subotom Kićo, nedjeljom Slabinac”, “Zaboravi” kojeg je Koca posvetio Luki Modriću hehe i naravno za kraj “Puška ne ubija ljude”, “Moja su koljena…”, a naravno gig Debeljaka ne bi bio to bez “Farmersko srce” za trijumfalni kraj koncerta.

Tako je završio još jedan In Memoriam, bilo je kao i uvijek odlično. Naši dragi preminuli prijatelji su dobili opet dostojno sjećanje na njih. Vidimo se dogodine.

The movies I have seen:RASEN/PHOENIX FORGOTTEN/IT STAINS THE SANDS RED/THE TEMPLE/

Hi, people of this page who read my stuff and make it worth writing and keeping the flame burning. This episode of the movies I have seen may start off with j-horror, meaning Japanese horror RASEN. It is a 1998.made movie based on the novel by Koji Suzuki, Japanese Stephen King.

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Doctor pathologist troubled by his past investigates the death of his college friend involving the mysterious video tape. When you watch the tape, in seven days you die. The only solution to avoid death is to make a copy and give it to someone else who must watch it. Sounds familiar folks? Ringu anyone? Well, you are right. Bpth Ringu or The Ring and this one were released simultaneously in the same year throughout the Japanese theatres, but Ringu was a great box office hit and this one flopped. This one was supposed to be a sequel, some of the characters being the same as in Ringu.

Although I love the Asian horror movie scene and especially J-Horror, this one left somehow bitter taste in my mouth. There are just too few spooky scenes and situations in the movie, plus those parts that we Europeans dont understand. Have you noticed that almost every Asian horror has approximately ten minutes of the movie that is understandable only to Asian people? I dont mean to offend anyone here with this connotation, maybe I am just to stupid to get some things or something. The deaths in the movie are too soft, not to mention the ending that is so philosophical and melodramatic that makes you regret you wasted an hour and a half of your life on this one.

Moving on to something different. Time for found footage cross between alien abduction conspiracy and horror. What? Yes, people, time for PHOENIX FORGOTTEN, Ridley Scott produced found footage. It is based on the true stories regarding mysterious lights in the sky in Arizona. The story revolves around young girl who is looking for her older brother who went missing as teenager along with two other kids in the Arizona desert.

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Like it usually happens in those kind of movies, they find a broken camera with the tape inside and the girl watches the found footage that explains and opens more questions regarding the disappearances. I love found footage, it is besides slasher, my favourite horror subgenre, but this one absolutely did not work for me.

The rule in found footage is that absolutely nothing important happens until maybe 40 or 45 minutes into film. Then about half an hour of running around, shouting, impossible to see anything clearly and than the movie usually ends with a camera falling on the ground and remaining there. Blairwitch set the standards and many jumped on the bandwagon of success. The action in this one was just too thin, and I swear that I already saw the ending in one movie, at this moment I just cant remember in which one. Bad movie, but nice to see that the genre still exists today alive and kicking.

When I first saw the trailer for IT STAINS THE SANDS RED it made my mouth water. Finally, I thought, the zombie horror movie worth watching. Reading some of the reviews, some people that I know wrote that the movie sucked. Now I am happy I didnt believe them.

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The movie opens with the scenes from Las Vegas and its a general chaos there. Sirens, fires, smoke, dead bodies…then we are moving to Nevada desert highway, where a stripper and her semi criminal, dealer friend get stuck in the sand with the car tyre.  They see a lone person walking towards them on the road, wearing suit and tie. It is a zombie and it quickly eats the dealer and the rest of the movie is a survival adventure of the girl running and trying to stay alive in the desert chased by that zombie. Although it is an interesting premise the story in the movie is so much more than that. The zombie and his mood is nicely written, the simpathy that the girl gradually has for that zombie which she called Smalls is at the moment touching.

Gore scenes in the movie are nice, some parts made me watch and laugh with disbelief and the ending of the movie left the space for the sequel which I am kinda hoping and kinda not hoping they will make. Zombie horror subgenre became somehow lame for me in the last couple of years, but I just loved this one. It was an incredible fun to see this one and I recommend it with all my heart.

For the last movie in this episode of reviews we return again to Japan. THE TEMPLE trailer and the story looked attractive to me, so I decided to watch it.

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The movie opens with the Japanese police search party roaming through the woods looking for someone. They enter the spooky looking abandoned temple and find a badly burned survivor.

Afterwards, the police interrogates the survivor in the hospital trying to find out what happened. In fact, they are looking for the couple of missing American students, who were last seen traveling in that area. The survivor tells them his story about the group of American students who were making pictures or documentary or whatever involving old Japanese temples.

So, being naive and stupid as most of the characters in horror movies are, they disregard all warnings by the natives and enter the temple which is surrounded by the dark legend that people go mad there, some children went missing and never returned from there bla bla…Anyway, weird shit happens and one by one, the protagonists lose their minds, lives and everything. The movie has some spooky scenes and made goosebumps on some occasions while watching, but generally speaking it was too dark made and some of the scenes were ruined by being too dark to see anything. It also has a twist in the end, but it is one of those horror movie clichees that you have seen and I am certain you will guess it before the movie ends. This could have been much better movie. I wish it were.

(record review)The triumphant return of Propagandhi-Victory Lap(Epitaph Records)

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In the second half of 1990-ies, we first heard Propagandhi through their albums How To Clean Everything and Less Talk More Rock.  Then they went more metallic and lost that skate punk feeling of their first two albums and the lyrics remained ultra political speaking against fascims, multinational corporations, slavery, homophobia…

Fast forward to 2017.and couple of studio albums later. This Summer I went to Slovenia to Punk Rock Holiday which is the best festival in the world that I have ever been in my life and I have been to many, believe me(you can read Punk Rock Holiday festival report here). There I saw Propagandhi live headlining the last day of the festival and they melted my face off and their gig was awesome. They played one song off their new album coming soon and I waited eagerly for the album.

Finally, here it is. The album contains 12 songs of political melodic hardcore punk. They somehow managed to hold on to metallic touch that they had on previous albums but they also have a lot of melodies and that primal hardcore punk energy off the first two records, making it the best Propagandhi record in last ten years. The lyrics are smart, but also in your face tactics recognizable as a punk shock tactic. For me, the best song on this album are the title track and of course Failed Imagineer for which they released a video and last but not least In Flagrante Delicto.

This album has no weak side and no fillers and I listen it on repeat since I got it, so this sure is album of the month September in this zine.

10/10

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(record review)Return of noise to Osijek, HARVO JAY-Sok od Agonije

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Besides having great melodic punk bands that somehow became trademark for that Croatian city, Osijek was also having a strong noise scene in the 90-ies with bands like Why Stakla and Cog coming to mind. The last ten years it kinda watered down and there are rare, if any new bands coming from that city which is kinda sad.

But, there is not all lost for their scene, at least there is one new(er) band and this is their new record. HARVO JAY released their debut album, after one ep and one live ep and there are 9 songs of as they say meth rock with a lot of noise influences. This music is usually not my cup of tea, and as a kid lets say 15-20 years ago, I would only laugh with contempt at such bands but nowadays I listened to this album and it is okay to hear. There are couple of songs that were not so good because they all sounded kinda mellow and boring but the majority of the songs have enough noise energy to keep them good and interesting to listen to. I love that the lyrics are all in Croatian language, not many bands does that nowadays. This is definitely not music for listening on everyday basis, but it is alright if I spin this record from time to time. The album is free to download and support the guys and hear the record, drop them also some nice words and dime.

6,5/10

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(record review)Dutch melodic punksters Ink Bomb new e.p. Swim

Ink Bomb is a melodic punk hardcore band coming from Nijmegen(Netherlands). Their new e.p.contains 4 songs of melodic punkrock done with heart and soul and emotion.

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The lyrics are in English and I dont have lyric sheet but as I understand they are personal, emotional heartfelt lyrics with a slight political touch thrown in. The music is not so fast paced with fast drumming, although there are some faster paced songs. This is smart punkrock with head and tails and everything on this e.p.belongs right where it should be. What I like most on the record are the vocals, maybe it is just me, but I hear 80-ies synth pop bands, mainly Depeche Mode in the vocals of this band. I am sure it is just me, but I listened to this record at least four times in a row and that was the way I heard it.

Top songs on this e.p.for me are The Bleachers for which there is a video already featured on the pages of this zine and my personal favourite song is Heavy Crosses which I listened on repeat many times. To be sure, this is nothing new, nothing revolutionary, but it is punkrock with heart and soul and such bands will always have an impact on me.

8/10

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