Aaah, Italy! Country of Sun, love, excellent food and wine, but also place where one of the most prolific and great punk hardcore music scene thrives with so many great bands, albums, labels coming out every day.
Today we review the new record by LATTE+, diy produced and out with the band´s label Phocomelic Music. We can safely call this band veterans of punkrock scene in Italy, being formed in 1997. and releasing eight full length albums till now.
The new album contains 13 new songs of melodic, no holds barred, no philosophy melodic punkrock in the vein of Ramones, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Lillingtons and similar bands. There are three chords, nice melodic vocal line, anthemic singalong choruses and the lyrics about fun, love, personal stuff and humour. My favorite songs on this album are Cookie, I Miss You and Lost In Berlin, but all of the songs are just great. Seems like nowadays no one plays this style of simple and melodic punkrock anymore, so we must treasure and cherish records like this one. I am totally fan of Latte+ and hope to see them live one day because I think their shows are total fun and punk enjoyment!
They played Punk Rock Holiday in 2016., but I missed their show due to mingling with people that are dear to me, so I knew nothing about this band until I listened to this new record. They had some line-up changes, the new guitarist entered the band and gave some fresh blood and energy to the guys. The new one is in fact an e.p. containing 7 songs. What I admire this guys about is that they don´t play your usual straight to head tupa tupa fast punk hardcore skatepunk, although there is nothing wrong with it, but they rather chose a different approach and they play smart melodic modern hardcore punk with many tempo changes, heartfelt singalong choruses and overall melodies that put smile upon your face. The lyrics are in English and as I understand, they are all personal. The vocals are somehow singing with the sensibility and emotion of pop punkrock and sometimes turn into ferocious hardcore screaming which fits really well into the song structures. I can hear both Rise Against and hardcore bands of the 90-ies implemented in the music of Edward In Venice, yet they remained themselves not the third rated copy of the above mentioned bands. Good record!
Rykers released another song from their upcoming record “The Beginning…”.
The song is called “Cast In Stone” and it is the third single/video release.
The full length will be out on May 31st via BDHW Rec.
EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE ONLY TILL THE END OF APRIL!
Brutal Assault, 7th – 10th August 2019, Fortress Josefov – Jaroměř
By the end of the month they’ll stop selling the 90€ early bird festival passes. These are currently available from e-shop in two forms, physical collector’s ticket where you have to pay for shipping and electronic ticket that you’ll print at home and don’t have to pay for shipping. It’s also possible to change your e-ticket for design hard paper ticket on spot for a small fee.
Don’t miss your opportunity to get the cheapest tickets that there are!
BRUTAL ASSAULT 2019 festival pass [PRINT@HOME ticket]
BRUTAL ASSAULT 2019 festival pass [collector’s design hard paper ticket]
Brutal Assault festival is an anchorage of metal music and associated art with 130 artists, 5 stages, several art galleries and extensive chill-out zone. If you have not been there yet, this festival is just another level of experience in dark art with cherry picked blend of refreshing underground bands and stellar headliners spread across diverse festival area located within 18th century military fortress. Among traditional festival features the festival area also offers luxury sanitary facilities, permanent horror cinema, underground mazes, huge metal market, art galleries, a lot of sitting spaces within the fortress walls providing shelter from the weather and tons of other attractions. Brutal Assault is mainly about music but in recent years it also started to resemble a food festival with vegan and carnivore and all kinds of ethnic cuisine, supplemented by a wide variety of best Czech beers starting from 1.5 Euro for half a litre (17OZ).
List of confirmed acts so far (80% of the total lineup):
ABORTED, AFTER THE BURIAL, ALIEN WEAPONRY, AGNOSTIC FRONT, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, ANNAL NATHRAKH, ANATHEMA, ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY, ANTAEUS, ANTHRAX, AZUSA, BATUSHKA, CAR BOMB, CARCASS, CARPENTER BRUT, CASPIAN, COMBICHRIST, COUNTING HOURS, COVEN, CRYSTAL LAKE, CULT OF LUNA, CYTOTOXIN, DR. LIVING DEAD, DECAPITATED, DEICIDE, DAUGHTERS, DELUGE, DEMOLITION HAMMER, DESTRUCTION, DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA, EKTOMORF, ELECTRIC WIZARD, EMPEROR, ENSIFERUM, EYEHATEGOD, FROG LEAP, GET THE SHOT, GODFLESH, GOROD, GUTALAX, GOST, HEILUNG, HELLHAMMER – TRIUMPH OF DEATH, HEXIS, HIGHER POWER, HYPOCRISY, IMMOLATION, IRON REAGAN, JINJER, JUNGLE ROT, KRISIUN, LETTERS FROM THE COLONY, LIONHEART, MANES, MESHUGGAH, METAL CHURCH, MGŁA, MIDNIGHT, MONSTER MAGNET, MYRKUR, NAPALM DEATH, NECROS CHRISTOS, NORDJEVEL, OF MICE & MEN, OCEANS OF SLUMBER, PARKWAY DRIVE, PERFECITIZEN, PRIMORDIAL, PRONG, RAISED FIST, ROTTING CHRIST, SACRED REICH, SAOR, SHAPE OF DESPAIR, SICK OF IT ALL, SLÆGT, SKELETAL REMAINS, SLAPSHOT, SODOM, SOILWORK, TAAKE, TANKARD, TAPHOS, TESTAMENT, THE ARSON PROJECT, THE CONTORTIONIST, THE OBSESSED, THE OCEAN, THERION, THY ART IS MURDER, TOSKA, UNFATHOMABLE RUINATION, VAMPILLIA, VARGRAV, VENOM PRISON, VIOLATOR, VIOLENT MAGIC ORCHESTRA, VOIVOD, VUUR, VULVODYNIA, WALLS OF JERICHO, WINDHAND, WOLFBRIGADE, WOE UNTO ME, WORMED, ZURIAAKE.
They are describe as Gogol Bordello meets The Restarts, but after listening to the album I would say that this is not entirely true. Although there are some folky punk fun stuff in their song structures, these guys mainly rely on good old hardcore punk, a bit on the rawer side, yet enough melodic to put that catchy melody bug in your ear when listening. The record contains 19 songs, which is a great number of songs, but the record just does not get boring in any way and passes along and leaves you wanting more after it is over. There are some faster hardcore songs made for stage diving and waving your finger and fist in the air, but there are some punkrock midtempo songs and also Crass inspired music. The lyrics are personal, also about the survival in this life, scene, diy and punk. This is a great record and I would just love to see this band play live, because I am sure they are just tons of fun live. Recommended songs: Fuck Up, Demons, Pay Your Sins Away, Til The Day I Die.
Formed in 2015.in Montana, these guys play catchy, contagious like the zombie outbreak, melodic punkrock psychobilly. This new record contains 12 songs. If I must compare the music to some bands, then it would be like a mixture of Koffin Kats, The Rocketz and Stellar Corpses. After the instrumental Bulletproof, the album provides killer tunes like Her Crypt In The Woods or The Temptress, with beautiful haunting melodies in the song verses, great vocals made for singing along, then the anthemic choruses join in, which just make you wanna listen to the record more and more. Most of the songs on this record make me wish that I have wrote them, how good they are. The title track reminds me with its vibe of some old school Hammer horror movie. To sum up the impressions, I love this record, it is awesome!