The good hardworking people at Batcave Records constantly surprise us with excellent new releases, so here is another one from their hellish kitchen! I listened and reviewed The Thirsty Crows new record for our zine.
This band comes from Los Angeles and they are relatively new band on the scene. I must admit that I have never heard of their music prior to this record, but now I am glad that I have and am wickedly grinning after listening to this little piece of darkness. They describe their music as psycrowbilly. This record contains 14 songs of awesome psychobilly with many punkrock and some rockabilly and americana influences in the song structures. If I must compare their music to some bands, it would be the sensibility of Rezurex mixed with ferocious melodic attack of Koffin Kats and the atmosphere of Ghoultown in there somewhere too. I love the singalong almost horrorpunk parts of Heart of Rust. There is a lot of old school rock n roll in the song structure of Good Juice, giving it old school road vibe. For me, the best songs on the album are definitely De La Muerte and especially Anchor˙s Up which was on repeat a couple of times how good it is. This is a great record for everyone who love modern psychobilly punkabilly music. Nice job!
Hillview are relatively new band from Los Angeles, California, this being their debut album. But, they are in no way new regarding the members˙ experiences playing in hardcore punk bands. This band is made of experienced people from Union 13.
The album contains 12 songs of awesome energetic fast paced hardcore punk. I can surely say that the music of Hillview is a sum of the members experience playing in other bands plus what they privately love and listen. Besides being melodic and neckbreaking fast hardcore punk, these guys are not afraid to sail into restless metal waters in many song structures making it one very nice and technically perfect whole. But, not all is in technical song structures, so Hillview´s main advantage are beautiful melodies, great sung vocal lines courtesy of Eddie Carasco, the guitarist for well known Union 13. The vocals, which are very important for me in such bands are just perfect, so are backing vocal harmonies. While I listen to this album, I just realize how awesome it is and how perfect the songs are. If I must name some songs that worked for me above others which are also great, that would be Pictures Of You, The Law Of Averages and Find The Way. Perfect album!
I never dug Terror really much. The firs two albums were awesome and later on I kinda lost the pleasure in listening to their songs. In the meantime, the band played their hearts out and worked their asses off to gather a remarkable fan base throughout the worldwide hardcore community.
This new record contains 13 songs and who listened to the last couple of Terror˙s albums knows what I am talking and writing about. It is no holds barred hardcore with equal base in punkrock and also metal, so the music of Terror is old school hardcore done for new millenium hehe. What immediately comes to mind upon listening to the new record is that it is way better than the predecessor which didn˙t work so well for me. The new record is full of energy, brutality, but also positive message and it holds out the hand of friendship, looking after yourself and those you care about. There is a weird hip hop song PostArmageddon Interlude which is just awful and couple of really brutal, but boring songs on this record. But, fortunately, there are some good ones like Get off my back and Spirit of sacrifice. In all, I am not a fan of this band, but this record has equal amount of boring and good songs.
The Drowns are relatively new band, but the members have 40+ years of scene experience when you combine them. Featuring the members of Success, Shell Corporation, Time Again, and Madcap, these band knows what to do from the start on.
The record contains 10 songs of tight melodic punkrock. Song structures are midpaced, this is not skatepunk although there are a couple of excursions into faster territories like for example in Boston Accent. What I love about this record and this music is that it has soul, I can almost feel the emotions behind the harsh but melodic singing and the tight musicianship. The other songs that are somehow the higlight of this record for me are Eternal Debate for which the video was made and View From The Bottom. I guess the meaning of this record was to somehow convey those emotions behind the music to the listener and the guys managed to do just that! Awesome record!