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Lemuria - First Collection

posted September 23rd, 2008 · posted by Edd · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

This collection shouldn’t be nearly as wonderful as it is. In fact it may just be the best album I’ve heard in the past six months. From Buffalo, New York, this trio

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Fall of Efrafa - Elil

posted September 22nd, 2008 · posted by Edd · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

Simply put this is a thing of beauty. Three songs clocking in at just over an hour; an entire movement of crust punk from Brighton’s Fall of Efrafa. On the unlikely, and unhappy, chance you don’t know who Fall of Efrafa are they formed in 2005

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Chief - Provocation of the Nation

posted September 18th, 2008 · posted by chris 12-o-5 · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

Five cheeky lads from Liverpool set out to emulate the finest bands of the melodic hardcore punk genre with this debut album. Okay, so it might pinch all the best bits of bands like Strike Anywhere, Propagandhi and Rise Against, but seeing as those

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Vic Ruggiero - ‘Something in my Blind Spot’

posted September 17th, 2008 · posted by Fred Goodsell · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

The weather outside may be grey but with Vic Ruggiero’s ‘Something in my Blind Spot’ you can almost feel the rays on your skin. Ruggiero has created an album of uplifting summer time tunes that will take you away to hot nights of love and rage in the 1960’s.
Ruggiero sings about life, love, and politics [...]

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Clayton Blizzard - A Criminal Record

posted September 17th, 2008 · posted by Fred Goodsell · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

Presented here are ten tracks from one of Bristol’s finest musical politicos. Blizzard’s cultural mash of rap/folk/politics is like nothing you have heard. Stripped down beats serve as a backdrop for a half sung, half spoken rap style that is both honest and engaging. Blizzard’s live show is a lo-fi, one-man band affair with a [...]

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No Turning Back - Stronger

posted August 30th, 2008 · posted by Fred Goodsell · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

More of the same from No Turning Back, but then, a NYHC/ Tough-Guy band’s unlikely to really de-rail and throw in a few synths or jazz solos!
The production on this album sounds a bit cleaner than some of their earlier stuff, which I personally prefer, but (I suppose like any band should be) they’re still [...]

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Path Of No Return - The Absinthe Dreams

posted August 30th, 2008 · posted by anon · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

For those who’ve not heard them before, Path Of No Return are a mixture of heavy & melodic hardcore, who thankfully seem willing to mix it up a bit & try something slightly new/ different. It’s not a complete original, but you couldn’t accuse them of settling for the ’same old stuff’ you’ve heard a [...]

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Drewvis - For The Win

posted June 8th, 2008 · posted by jas · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

What a great name for a mini-album. Drewvis is mellow acoustic ska. The only criticism I think it warrants, is its mellow stylings don’t reach out and grab me, instead flowing over quietly. Still, this isn’t really a criticism as what more can acoustic ska really do? Saying that, ‘Fear and Self Loathing (In 7 [...]

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Power Corrupts - War Against Reason

posted May 26th, 2008 · posted by Edd · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

Another brilliant record from ‘opp north’. Actually these guys pretty much push all my ‘perfect’ band buttons. Mixing up elements of fast melodic punk bands, with an always welcome British accent. It reminds me a little of Five Knuckle, though faster and more frenetic.
 
“Dis-Member Parliament” (don’t we all want to?) kicks off the proceedings as [...]

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Bickle’s Cab - Forests of Grey

posted May 5th, 2008 · posted by Edd · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

I suspect you’ll know if you like Bickle’s Cab purely from the opening five lines of this record.
“Forests of grey, tree trunks of stone.
The cities of man will return to the ground.
Disdain for nature, contempt for the earth,
the rein of man has had its time.
We are nothing but the blink of an eye”
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