(book)James Herbert-48

Do you love your horror in written form? I sure do! I love the movies, the tv series, horrorpunk but the best for me are still horror short stories and novels. The late legendary James Herbert happens to be one of my favorite horror writers of all time, so I read his books with joy and fear.

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48 is one of Herbert´s more sf and fantasy and less horror novels. As the title implies the story takes place in 1948. At the end of Second World War, defeated Reich in its death throes shot rockets with deadly virus and the whole world became ravaged place. In empty London, full of corpses, lunatic survivors, American pilot Hoke tries to survive and escape the army of British nazi blackshirts who want his blood to make an andtidote to the sickness. Sounds familiar? Richard Matheson´s I Am Legend first came to mind with some segments of this story, but insted vampires, here we have lunatic nazi soldiers. But, there is enough of action, excitement and breathtaking turning of pages to make this one interesting novel. It is not one of my favorite Herbert´s books that I read, by far not, but it is a decent one to make your winter evening great reading. The ending is okay, the story evolves nicely page by page, so worth your reading, but if you would love to check some of Herbert´s stuff, better read couple of his better works before this one.

News! Old Firm Casuals UK Tour starts tomorrow.

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Old Firm Casuals Tour starts tomorrow.
From January 31st till February 16th they will play a bunch of shows in the UK.

Tourdates:

THUR 31 JAN – EMPIRE MUSIC HALL – BELFAST
FRI 1 FEB – BUTTON FACTORY – DUBLIN
SAT 2 FEB – JACARANDA RECORDS PHASE ONE – LIVERPOOL
SUN 3 FEB – THE HAIRY DOG – DERBY
TUES 5 FEB – BANNERMAN’S – EDINBURGH
WED 6 FEB – AUDIO – GLASGOW
THUR 7 FEB – RIVERSIDE – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
FRI 8 FEB – STAR & GARTER – MANCHESTER
SAT 9 FEB – LYMEDALE BAR & RESTAURANT – NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME
SUN 10 FEB – THE CASTLE & FALCON – BIRMINGHAM
TUES 12 FEB – THE KEY CLUB – LEEDS
WED 13 FEB – ESQUIRES – BEDFORD
THUR 14 FEB – THE FLEECE – BRISTOL
FRI 15 FEB – THE FLAG – WATFORD
SAT 16 FEB – UNDERWORLD – LONDON

The Old Firm Casuals
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FRIDAY’S SPIRIT: The punk rockers reveal their new single, “TSTT”!

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Friday’s Spirit is a punk rock band hailing from Salzburg, Austria.
After an EP titled “Parts”, out since 2017, the band is now back with a music video for its brand new single, titled “TSTT”. Perfectly showing the punk and rock influences of the band, this single is officially available on major streaming platforms since January 28th 2019.
On this new single and music video, the band comments:
TSTT actually means Trans-Siberian Thunder Tiger and is based on a real story, reported by the UK newspaper METRO. In 2016, a man, allegedly from the Czech Republic, was filmed by hidden cameras, running 15 and a half miles naked through a forested area near the Czech-Polish border. The police later on reported that he had taken the hallucinatory drug LSD, which made him feel like he had become a Siberian tiger.
At first, when we read about it, we were just joking around. However, the more we laughed and talked about it, the more we were trying to re-create the circumstances that had led to this bizarre transformation. In fact, he also mentioned that he had always felt connected to the animal. So, hands down, how cool is that? I mean, you could take it as a reference to ‘wanting to break out’, or you could just picture a naked man running through a forest. We prefer the latter.
The band continues: “The shooting was great and we had tons of fun! At this point, we’d like to give a shout-out to Max and Dominik from Art of Sight Productions for hours and hours of hard work! Also, shout-out to the actor, Raphael Steiner, a good friend of ours. He truly was the best person to bring about the story. And only when we watched the scenes for the first time, we realized how dependent a good video is on acting!
We’re just super happy about the result, and hope that our fans, including many new people, will enjoy listening to TSTT.

Final band announcement: SNUFF, 88 FINGERS LOUIE, MARTHA, FRANKIE STUBBS and loads more..MPF2019!

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Manchester Punk Festival have just announced the final wave of bands to play at the festival across Easter weekend in April 2019. It’s a multi venue city centre event moving in to it’s 5th year and they have arranged for over 130 bands to grace the stages.

The latest announcement includes UK punk rock legends SNUFF, the much revered US skate punkers 88 FINGERS LOUIE and the one of the UK’s current bright lights MARTHA. Along with that they are welcoming German crust powerhouses ANCST over from Berlin, reggae punk rockers AUTHORITY ZERO and Bird Attack Records favourites SUCH GOLD over from the states. There will be reunion sets from OFFICER DOWN and CALVINBALL, an acoustic appearance from Leatherface front man FRANKIE STUBBS, Cornish hardcore outfit F. EMASUCLATA and a very special after party set from SONIC BOOM SIX in tribute to the late Tim Gray of Big Tone Recording Studio.

All tiers of early bird ticket sold out in minutes and the event is expected to reach capacity as in previous years. This edition sees added space and even more bands than before to go along with their vegan street food, punk cinema, comedy / poetry stages and a plethora of punks from all across the globe. It has an incredible atmosphere and welcomes anyone who wants to enjoy the best live music around.

Head to the MPF website to buy tickets: https://manchesterpunkfestival.co.uk

MPF2019 take place 19 to 21 April 2019.

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(review)Nathan Gray-Live in Wiesbaden/Iserlohn(End Hits Records)

Nathan Gray is better known to some people as the singer of BoySetsFire. He is also solo musician and artist and as a celebration of his solo music and the gift to fans, he recorded a double live record which I listened and reviewed for our zine.

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2018.was the year of many acoustic punk releases, some better, some not so good. My personal taste is a bit harder steming from hardcore punk and I am not such an avid fan of acoustic punk records, but this one is a beautiful record. It was recorded on Gray˙s sold out solo tour on two beautiful locations in Germany.  The record contains two gigs, the setlist being made of Nathan˙s solo record songs, but also BoySetsFire songs that you rarely or ever hear played live by that band. It is interesting how the same songs on two locations can sound different but raise goosebumps on your skin in both gigs. What is lost in live hardcore punk records nowadays is the talking between the songs and explaining the meaning of the songs and the ideas and philosophy behind the songs and hardcore movement itself. This record has Nathan talking and explaining the meaning of the songs for him and you can feel the vibe all over this record behind the melody, behind the lyrics, that there is something more in our music, in our scene, in our hardcore punk philosophy than mere importance of music. There is also the message, the lifestyle and hope and respect and I love it. Every single day, every single song, every single second.

9/10

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https://www.facebook.com/EndHitsRecords/

 

(record review)AM Taxi-Shiver By Me

AM Taxi finally released their second album, the much anticipated follow up to their debut We Don’t Stand A Chance from 2010. I listened and reviewed this record for our zine.

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AM Taxi are hailing from Chicago, and they play a mixture of melodic punk with sensibility of pop melodies emphasized with awesome melodic voice by the singer Adam Krier. The album contains 11 songs of great melody, that relax you and take you to some other place and dimension, only to uplift you again with great anthemic singalong choruses and give you spirit strength to get through the day, and that is why music is the greatest medication of all, in my opinion. I love almost rockabilly intro in Swim Before You Sink, then turning to beautiful melodic chorus with lots of singalong parts. Also, one of the standouts on the album for me is Shaken Over You being for me probably the best song on this album, but like I wrote before all of them are worth your time and listening. I love this one!

8/10

https://www.facebook.com/amtaxi/

https://amtaximusic.bandcamp.com/album/shiver-by-me

https://www.mutantleaguerecords.co