France gave many excellent bands and records in the history of its scene, this band is one who will yet make history. Taiwan Balek are melodic hardcore punk band from Toulon, France and I listened and reviewed their new record for this webzine.
The record contains 6 songs of melodic and highly energetic hardcore punk. “No Arms, No Candles” is a fast 90-ies reminding song, with great harmonic melodies. “At Morning” and “Daisy” offer excellent mix of faster melodic parts mixed with atmospheric emotional parts in between. For me, the best song on this record is No Use For A Name sounding “Digital Soul”, punkrock song that had a strong impact on me as a listener being an anthem that I wished I wrote. “Minx” and “Big Box” continue in the song structure as the first third of the record and finish it leaving you wanting for more. That means, good record! Not something new, not something unheard of, but hey, it´s melodic punk and it˙s good, so get it and give it a chance or two!
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YOU CAN PRE-ORDER HERE!
If you’re a fan of Night Birds, like we are, you’ll want to thank the several nor’easters that slammed into the east coast this past winter.
Being barricaded in their homes, Night Birds had nothing better to do than write some new music! Head over to Decibel right now to listen to “My Dad Is the BTK.” It’s an explosive first taste of their ripping new eight-song mini-album, Roll Credits, out Sept 21. Additionally, the 12-inch and limited edition 7” box set are available for pre-order today! The box set includes “cover art” for each song on the album, each drawn by a different artist. Featuring art from Chris Shary, Nathan Gattis, Perry Shall, Marissa Paternoster, Michael Saunders, Paul D’Elia, Alex Hagen, and Keith Marlowe.
Roll Credits marks the return of original guitarist Mike Hunchback who will also be joining them on their upcoming tour, dates here!
Night Birds – My Dad is the BTK (Official Audio) Roll Credits – Out Sept. 21st
Time for something harder to grace the pages of this zine, namely the review of the new e.p. by Probation If you are a fan of harder and more dirtier side of hardcore punk you came to the right place. The record is out on mighty Wtf Records. Read on!
Hailing from Limburg Noord area, these Dutch trio plays a dirty mixture of hardcore, sludge and some d-beat thrown in for good measure. This record contains 6 tracks of bleak despair, hatred, autoirony garnished with black humour and sarcasm. The titles like “Life Sucks, Kill Yourself”, “Imperial Needle” or the title track imagine the lyrical themes well, don˙t they? The songs are mainly fast paced with almost crusty old school d-beat sound turned into modern hardcore punk but retaining that dirty and greasy vibe in the production and also easily changing pace into lower downtuned sludge core stuff. For me the best song on this record is “Wrong Answer”. This record is one more proof of greatness and versity of European hardcore punk scene.