We already wrote about Setbacks here in this zine when we reviewed their last record. Now, the new full length is upon us and in Europe you can get it through Morning Wood Records. Here is the review.
When we talk about this band we can safely say that we deal with a kind of punkrock supergroup. Featuring ex members of Pridebowl, members of Double Negative, ex Lowprofile to name a few, the members of this band live scattered in UK, South Africa and USA, they are living proof that music really has no boundaries and continents are no problem if you want to play and record music. The album contains 15 songs of fine melodic fast punkrock with a lot of technical prowess, reminding me a lot of some bands that Bird Attack used to release couple of years back. It is fascinating how this band stands with one foot in the melody and heartwarming catchy tunes and at the same time they are hard enough to appease even tough hardcore kids. The guitars are even metalic I daresay, but having catchy punkrock riffs that are all used really clever in the song structures. The songs are mainly fast, drums are fast paced and everyone who knows me can confirm how much the vocals are important to me in such bands. This band has awesome rough voiced yet sung vocals and great used harmonies on backing vocals that fit perfect in the songs. The last record was great, but this new one is just awesome. There are some guest performances on the record by Dennis Jagard from Ten Foot Pole and ex Ignite Joe Foster along with Paul Stevenson. This is a strong record, totally energetic and fast, with lyrics that are not shallow but hit their mark along with music. Recommended songs: Where Is Our Hero, Just Words, New World Order.
Italian scene always has awesome bands that create vast and strong network of bands, friends, promoters, zines…One of such bands is Slenders. I listened and reviewed for our zine the new record out on This Is Core.
The new album contains 10 songs of awesome melodic punk with a lot of hardcore influences. I read somewhere that they categorize this band under pop punk, but believe me, this is pure melodic punkrock with a lot of hardcore, played from the heart with heart. The lyrics are in English langauge and they are fine mix of anger, politics and personal stuff like love, loss and inner darkness. Being a sucker for faster, more aggressive side of songs, I somehow like most the fastest songs on the album like ZAH or Young Blood being my favorites. The vocals are very important in bands such as these, I love the vocals which are being sung, but sometimes screamed at the top of lungs and the vocalist of this band somehow reminds me of one of my favorite singers that is Koca from Croatian band Fat Prezident. The guys covered The Cure´s Boys Don`t Cry and they did it perfectly. Love this album.
I was really happy when I heard that this split release by Symphony Of Distraction and 69enfermos is coming out via Morning Wood Records. It is finally here and I am happy that I was able to listen and review it for this zine.
Symphony of Distraction side of the record contains 5 songs of fast, melodic and energetic melodic skatepunk with some hardcore influences. These guys are from the upstate New York and I never heard of their music prior to this release, so I am happy to discover their awesome songs. As I understood their lyrics are more on the political side of things and I love Call It Off and Fall From Eden as in my opinion stand out songs, but all five are fast, dramatic and beautiful. I love this band.
69enfermos from Brasil have already been represented in this zine with the review of their last full length and I met Dalin when they toured Europe and saw them play live at Punk Rock Holiday, also did an interview for this zine. These guys are from Brasil, although they originally hail from Columbia and they exist for more than 20 years now. Their side of the record also contains 5 beautiful songs of 90-ies melodic skatepunk with Dalin´s recognizable voice and nice melodies. What I really love about this band how they achieve atmosphere of nostalgia and drama in their song structures, the thing that not many bands manage to do nowadays. In my opinion the best of their songs here are Don´t, Memories. This is a great record.
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!
Down Memory Lane are melodic hardcore punk from Montreal, Canada, and they just released their new record through mighty Thousand Islands Records, so it was about time for me to listen and review it for this zine.
These guys were formed in 2015.in the suburbs of Montreal with a goal to play the 90-ies melodic punk and since then they released three e.p.-s sung in different languages. This new record contains 6 songs of great, fast and 90-ies styled melodic hardcore skatepunk. One of the best songs on this record is funny titled A Song About This Song, being fast, anthemic, making you pump up your fist in the air and sing at the top of your lungs. The other songs that are top of this record in my opinion are Xenophobic and Catch And Release. The vocals on records such as this are very important to me, so Down Memory Lane have great singer and nicely done backing and harmonic vocals. This record again shows the strength and multitude of Canadian punk scene making it one of my favorite scenes in the world.
Bring On The Storm are hailing from Calgary, Canada and I listened to their new record and reviewed it for this zine.
This is the self released record with Thousand Islands Records being partner for distribution. The record contains 8 songs of melodic technical skatepunk. If I must compare their music to some bands it would be Strung Out and This Is A Standoff. The music is at an awesome musicianship level, technical yet ultramelodic and neckbreaking fast, like for example Life Sucks, one of my favorite songs on this record. The lyrics are, as far as I heard them, personal and they fit just nice into the song structures. The guys also show with Alive that acoustic songs can be really beautiful. But, what makes this record great, are straight forward fast technical tunes like Spineless Gutless Bitch. If you love your skatepunk technical, melodic and energetic this one is a keeper!
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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