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Useless ID - The Lost Broken Bones

posted January 17th, 2009 · posted by Chris Walktall · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

You have to respect any band that can foster a successful carer living in the middle-east, and that’s what Useless ID has done since 1994. Now the Israeli pop-punk band are returning for a sixth outing. They first gained notoriety when taken under the wing of Kris Roe (Ataris front man) and later appeared on [...]

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Virgins - Miscarriage

posted January 17th, 2009 · posted by Chris Walktall · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

Sam Johnson (singer/guitarist of New Mexican Disaster Squad) has teamed up with a couple of dudes to bring you a slightly poppier group, Virgins. Think Dillinger 4 meets NMDS. Sam’s voice is still as rusted and crusty as ever and the production really emphasises the dirty punk-rock nature of it, in fact the production is [...]

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Minus The Bear - Acoustics

posted January 17th, 2009 · posted by Chris Walktall · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

MTB have released 3 albums, 3 EPs, one split and one remix album, but this is their first all-acoustic offering, and very pleasant it is too. Occasionally a band releases an album that leaves you wondering why, as good as it may be, they did it. The Nofx/Rancid split is one example, and this is [...]

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Shaped By Fate - The Unbeliever

posted November 14th, 2008 · posted by Ganglar · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

Let’s start with a qualifier… This is metal. If you don’t like metal, shaped by fate aren’t going to convert you, but if you’ve got time for a bit of long hair and windmilling, there’s plenty to enjoy here. It seems some of the glossier review mags (you know the ones) are insistent on calling [...]

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No Use For A Name - The Feel Good Record of the Year

posted November 13th, 2008 · posted by Ganglar · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

I’ll unashamedly admit that No Use were one of my favourite bands as a teenager. To this day, I’d stand by some of their stuff. Leche Con Carne and Making Friends are some of the catchiest, best written, Fat Wreck-esque punk out there.

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Immortal Technique - The 3rd World

posted October 22nd, 2008 · posted by Fred Goodsell · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

Words cannot describe the impact Immortal Technique has had on the hip hop scene. He released his first album “Revolutionary Vol. 1” without a record label using money won from rap battles, selling 12,000 copies to date.  His ferocious political and social message have re-invigorated a genre that became stagnant under commercial control. But its [...]

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Defiance, Ohio - The Fear, The Fear, The Fear

posted October 21st, 2008 · posted by Fred Goodsell · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

Defiance Ohio are one of the torchbearers of the lo-fi folk punk movement that has become so popular of late. The difference between Defiance Ohio and some of their predecessors is that they never use the rawness of their sound to mask a lack of musical ability. They have retained strong anti-capitalist and DIY principles [...]

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The HiJacks - Free Your Mind

posted October 1st, 2008 · posted by Fred Goodsell · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

This 4 track EP is Ska/Skacore of the kind that was so popular in the late 90’s. It would be easy to dismiss The Hijacks as just another ska band that have missed the boat by about 8years. However, whilst they certainly aren’t bringing anything new to the genre, they do what they do incredibly [...]

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The Drift - Memory Drawing

posted October 1st, 2008 · posted by Fred Goodsell · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

The sound of ‘Memory Drawings’ is euphoric.
Big and beautiful melodys crash into chaotic jazz frenzys. Then from the turmoil the bass pokes through with a hypnotic groove that takes you away to another planet. And all this without loosing a relentless intensity that will keep you hooked right till the end.
Whilest, at times, comparisons could [...]

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Youngblood Brass Band - Is That a Riot?

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

Youngblood Brass Band are a nine-piece jazz/hiphop/experimental ensemble. Their energetic live performance and relentless touring schedule have earned them notoriety in the underground. On top of this they have a strong DIY ethic and have been involved in the setting up of the ‘Layered Art Collective’ that functions as “an independent record label, literature and [...]

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