7.16.2017

RED LONDON































"this is England"
Year:  1984
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Radiation
Format:  CD
Tracks:  16
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!


















five piece band started in Sunderland early 1980, influenced by melodic, few distorted and mid tempo punk rock in the vein of: The Clash, The Jam, Chelsea or Angelic Upstarts. The band named themselves after a Sham 69 song. By 1983 they were signed to Razor Records. Their first release was the "sten guns in Sunderland" EP in 1983 followed by the “This is England” LP in 1984. Since then they have recorded for various labels both in the UK and abroad, and toured Europe including Germany, Poland, Belgium, Holland, France, Italy, and Spain as well as playing occasional gigs in England. Nowadays the band play some concerts from time to time. 
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"Pride and Passion"
Year:  1986
Country:  UK
Label:  Mad Butcher
Format:  CD
Tracks:  5
Time:  14 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!





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"Outlaws"
Year:  1989
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Negative
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!




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"Tumbling dice"
Year:  1990
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Released Emotions
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!




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"last orders please!"
Year:  1994
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Knock Out
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!




  
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"days like these"
Year:  1997
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Cargo
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!




  
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"downtown riot"
Year:  1997
Label:  Combat
Format:  CD
Tracks:  5
Time:  15 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!




  
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"Once upon a generation"
Year:  1999
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Knock out
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!


 
  
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"the soundtrack of our lives"
Year:  2002
Label:  Knock out
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!





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7.06.2017

THE NOT AMUSED



























"flat broke"
Year:  2016
Country:  Germany
City:  Berlin
Label:  Queen mum
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock























smart and clean, melodic and clear, mid-tempo punk rock four piece band from Berlin, Germany. They started in 2005 and since then they have recorded four albums plus this one. dynamic and energetic mod, power pop and punk in the vein of The Jam, The Movement, The Undertones or even they sometimes remind Toy Dolls golden era. enjoy this young force which has just made this twelve album "flat broke". Music, party and conscious.
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SCARBORO
































"here comes the hangover"
Year:  2017
Country:  US
City:  New York
Label:  WTF
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  28 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore




















After a demo and EP, this Brooklyn three-piece Scarboro is back with a brand new offering of fourteen hardcore punk tracks. Their full length debut Here Comes The Hangover follows on the heels 2014’s four-song EP, The Safeword Is “Yes” and it is an album not so concerned with capital “P”. Instead, these guys vent more about scene politics, debauchery and douche bags, drinking all-night and vomiting, and sorting out who fucked whom. As grim and juvenile as that subject might sound, it comes across as at least a little refreshing that someone, in this case axe wielding vocalist Shi Heng Shi, can ponder the virtues of malt liquor and black lipstick in the era of autocratic rule and alt-facts. My place isn’t to tell these earnest drinkers that some pencil necked poser puking on their oxblood Doc Martins isn’t song worthy. In fact, in my evolving theory of art and commerce in the Donald Trump is that these types of songs will, before too long, be welcome respite. The New York punk scene has been a hot bed of pissed off creativity since the movement began in the late 1970s. While Here Comes The Hangover harkens back to those classic days of Bowery life and characters, it falls short of placing the band into that pantheon. The record is decent, but it is woefully inconsistent. The most memorable tracks, “One Heart One Mind” and “Downward Spiral” to name a couple, actually feel more LA punk influenced, like early Rancid records really had a bigger influence. The best songs are those exhibiting more developed, fleshed out ideas, like “Archangels” and “Panic At The Cisco” but too often the band spews volume instead of quality. Here Comes The Hangover won’t come off as drab to the true hardcore fan. It’s vibrant, pissed off and undeniably loud but it’s not going to re-write the rules (*NOTE: this review was written by Eric Mertz )
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6.28.2017

UPRIGHT CITIZENS

































"colour your life"
Year:  1995
Country:  Germany
Label:  Impact
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk





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"open eyes, open ears,
brains to think"
Year:  1985
Country:  Germany
City:  Berlin
Label:  none
Format:  LP
Tracks:  22
Time:  53  min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism, pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore





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"Make the future mine & yours"
Year:  1983
Country:  Germany
City:  Berlin
Label:  H'art Musik
Format: CD
Tracks:  15
Time:  32 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism, pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore





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ED GEIN































"smoked + bad luck"
Year:  2017
Country:  US
City:  Syracuse
Label:  Hex
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  16
Time:  32 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Grindcore



















It’s always nice to see that cover art isn’t a dying detail in today’s downloading-obsessed times, and this latest from grind/hardcore guys Ed Gein entices with not only an excellent album title, but very cool art as well — showing humans with Mack trucks as heads. This New York-based trio are armed with a political lyrical edge to boot, which helps give an extra push to their tunes. With an equally skilled take on grind, hardcore, punk and sludge, Ed Gein tend to keep their songs short and sadistically violent. (The band’s motto, after all, is "Go fast!”) With all three members singing, the urgency of the frantic music is escalated into realms of AmRep-style noise rock and angry punk; while no one player sticks out as being particularly proficient on his instrument, the three no doubt gel together perfectly. With cool, angular, driving bass lines keeping the rhythm underneath the noise, this never degenerates into something too unhinged; although the listener would be hard-pressed to remember one of these songs when all is said done, it still resembles music. Somehow managing to pay homage to both Unsane and Napalm Death at once. The band's lyrics, primarily written by bassist Aaron Jenkins, are politically charged and features social commentary, on topics including racism, sexism, homophobia, animal liberation, etc. this bass-heavy, extremely cathartic release is highly recommended.
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6.23.2017

FORUS






























"lights"
Year:  2014
Country:  France
City:  Bayonne
Label:  Effervescence
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  26 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk         Prog Rock
















pop punk, melodic hardcore and skateboard. and here we go with another band which sound or remind as some kind of "prog punk". In this case is a french band recalling in the 90s melodic hardcore or pop punk bands, which also add to their receipt a particular riff guitars, keyboards, bass and rhythmic section (drums) closer to prog rock, progressive metal or complicated and virtuous musicians as RKL or (less): Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment or perhaps symphonic rock bands, in the sense of Forus also write complicated compositions. They are not so great musicians like prog rock celebrities of course, but they can to remind those kind of sounds and music, and this fact become Forus in a very original band and a true hidden gemm too.
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"we"
Year:  2011
Country:  France
Label:  Effervescence
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  22 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk         Prog Rock





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