Posts Tagged ‘hardcore punk’

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Discharge

UK-based hardcore punk legends Discharge were recently forced to cancel their U.S. headlining tour last May. Fortunately, tour dates have been rescheduled and will now take place in October. Newly confirmed dates are listed inside!

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discharge_end-of-daysReview by Jeff Maki
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Several months ago, I finally purchased Discharge’s classic album Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing on vinyl. I had been a fan of the U.K. hardcore band for years, but I had never owned the album in physical form. I listened to it over the next few days and thought to myself that my record collection is coming into form as I continue to fill in the punk and metal classics. Then only a few days later, Discharge announced it had signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast and was releasing a new studio album called End of Days. After an advance listen, I won’t be waiting nearly as long to pick this one up. (more…)

Nuclear Blast Records are proud to announce the signing of British legends, Discharge! Formed in 1977 by Terry “Tezz” Roberts, his twin brother Tony “Bones” Roberts and Royston “Rainy” Wainwright, Discharge are cited as a key influence by renowned artists such as Metallica and Anthrax. Their new album is planned for a 2016 release but the band just released a brand new song. Check out the clip of the track “NWO” above. Read more about Discharge inside. (more…)

SaladDays

The critically acclaimed documentary chronicling the rise of punk rock in Washington, DC.

Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90) is a documentary film that examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation’s Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Faith, Rites of Spring, Marginal Man, Fugazi, and others released their own records and booked their own shows—without major record label constraints or mainstream media scrutiny. Contextually, it was a cultural watershed that predated the alternative music explosion of the 1990s (and the industry’s subsequent implosion). Thirty years later, DC’s original DIY punk spirit serves as a reminder of the hopefulness of youth, the power of community and the strength of conviction.

Director/writer Scott Crawford is a music journalist, musician, and graphic designer. As a teenager in the DC suburbs, he started a fanzine called Metrozine that documented much of what was happening in the DC hardcore punk scene in the 1980s.

“The DC punk music scene that I grew up with in the 1980s has always been a big part of who I am,” says Scott. “I interviewed a lot of these bands for the first time over 30 years ago while doing a fanzine. Approaching them all again decades later offered a type of perspective and reflection that I wanted to capture in a film.”

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"On with the Body Count"

Body Count featuring Ice-T, 2014

With the exciting and unexpected news that a new Body Count album called Manslaughter would be dropping (June 10, 2014, Sumerian Records), once again I find myself in a retro type of mood. For the new generation of rock and metal fans, the band Body Count—led by gangsta-rapper-turned-actor Ice-T—is all but unknown. Ice-T, you say? The same Ice-T that plays a detective on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit? The same Ice-T who’s been a star of reality television? Yes, that Ice-T. As unexpected as this may sound as I write about it today, just think about how surprising or even shocking this was more than 20 years ago as I attempt to recount my memory of Body Count’s 1992 self-titled debut album and the chain of events that followed. (more…)

deathwolfAs side projects go, Death Wolf is a pretty damn good one.

The band was founded in 2000 by Marduk guitarist Morgan Hakansson under the name Devil’s Whorehouse. In its original incarnation, the band was into high-speed Misfits-style horror punk. But Hakansson and company have switched gears, changed the name to Death Wolf and released an album of thoroughly pummeling, punk and groove-based metal. (more…)

darkthrone-wagonsNorwegian black metal? No, not anymore. Circle the Wagons is a new beginning for Darkthrone, a new decade and a total shift in style for the black and death metal pioneers. The band—which has recorded as the duo of Nocturno and Fenriz for several albums—put an end to its under-budget, primitive black metal sound with 2004’s Sardonic Wrath and later experimented with a crust-punk style. With Circle the Wagons, Darkthrone has reinvented itself with what I believe is a first in metal: a black metal band playing ‘80s hardcore punk music. (more…)

accused-martha-splatterThe Accused—I thought that name sounded familiar. I apologize to all of the underground purists out there, but apparently I was only 9 years old when this band released its debut album, The Return of Martha Splatterhead (the first release from Earache Records). So this is my first real taste of the band. Underground punk metal icons or not, The Curse of Martha Splatterhead is a noisy, raw and difficult record to take in.  (more…)

ArsonSince his Pantera days, Phil Anselmo has been a part of several, if not dozens of bands and musical projects—so much so that he has now formed his own label, Housecore Records, to release the material he’s been stockpiling. The labels’ first release comes from his latest project, Arson Anthem. This is also the first official release I know of featuring Anslemo on guitar rather than vocals. Mike Williams of Eyehategod is on the mic here. (more…)

ET-wolfEvergreen Terrace on what it takes to be a “Wolfbiker”:

“In a world full of faceless sheep, human waste, and nine-to-five zombies it’s important to remember that you are the one that is in charge of your life. You are capable of anything and everything that you want to do. Don’t sell yourself short. Don’t conform. Don’t settle. BUT MOSTLY–Don’t let anyone tell you how to live your life.” (more…)

bad-brains-buildIf you didn’t already know, Bad Brains, along with Minor Threat, Black Flag and others started a musical revolution with the American hardcore movement in the early 1980s. (I highly recommend the DVD American Hardcore: The History of American Punk Rock 1980 – 1986 for a look at the early beginnings of Bad Brains and many of these bands.) As fast as this movement started, it was gone, with bands either disappearing or drastically changing styles. As devoted followers of the Rastafarian movement, Bad Brains embraced reggae music, much to the dismay of their hardcore fans.

The classic lineup of H.R. (vocals), Dr. Know (guitar), Earl Hudson (drums) and Darryl Jenifer (bass) has reunited for shows and albums off and on over the years, but no album has recaptured their hardcore roots. Build a Nation is Bad Brains first album in five years and only their second in 12 years. As the band stated prior to the album’s release, it somewhat marks a return to their hardcore sound.  (more…)