Posts Tagged ‘punk’

Original Misfits members Jerry Only, Glenn Danzig, and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein reunited for the first time since 1983 over the weekend at Denver’s Riot Fest. Billed as “The Original Misfits,” the band featured Suicidal Tendencies/former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and treated fans to a 25 song set which was picked by Glenn Danzig. Fan filmed footage of the monumental performance can been seen below.

Prior to the performances, Danzig stated that he would also possibly be open to doing more concerts after the festival appearances. “We’ll see how it goes. It may lead to some other work, but who knows how it’s going to turn out? I mean, I don’t think it’s going to be a disaster; I think it’s going to be incredible.” Watch live clips from the reunion inside! (more…)



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!


discharge_end-of-daysReview by Jeff Maki
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…)

UK-based hardcore punk legends Discharge will release their Nuclear Blast debut, End Of Days (Pre-order here), on May 13 in North America. Today, the band has released the new track “Hatebomb” as a digital single available at this location:

“No thought provoking lyrics on this song,” states the band. “Just 2 minutes and 8 seconds of anger. Play it loud!”

Check out the lyric video for “Hatebomb” above and few the album details for End Of Days inside. (more…)


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.”



Review by Jeff Maki
It’s almost an unwritten rule for bands that have been in existence for 10 or more years to release a covers album. Prong is coming up on its astounding 30-year anniversary, and though they’ve had enough lineups to form about six Prongs, the constant has been vocalist/guitarist Tommy Victor. And when speaking about Songs from the Blackhole, he said the “record explores Prong’s roots musically and geographically.” So yeah—Tommy’s roots. Contrary to what you might think, his roots aren’t in industrial music or really any metal at all—it’s hardcore, plus a cover of a Neil Young song. (more…)

Machine-Head-Burn-My-EyesBy Jeff Maki
Founded by vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn (formerly of thrash metal band Vio-lence) and bassist Adam Duce in 1991, Bay Area thrash metal titans Machine Head will leave behind a surefire legacy as one of the only bands I can recall having two successful eras dominating the metal scene—one from 1994 to 1999 and then again from 2003 to the present day. The Machine Head we all know today—the one that is working on its yet-untitled eighth album—is not the same Machine Head that first broke on the scene. The band started as a formidable street metal act, eventually winning over audiences worldwide with its first two releases, only to ultimately hit a wall with two much-maligned albums, 1999’s The Burning Red (I’m sorry, but I think it’s damn good) and 2001’s Supercharger. After lineup changes and a battle with record labels, they came storming back with a trio of epic thrash metal albums, Through the Ashes of Empires (2003), the now-classic The Blackening (2007) and its most recent studio effort, Unto the Locust (2011). So as we wait for the next album and chapter in Machine Head’s long career, let us celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut album, Burn My Eyes, by telling you the experience I had with the album and how it helped changed the face of metal for the future. (more…)


Metal, rasta and punk-infused heavyweights (hed)p.e. will release its ninth studio album,  aptly titled Evolution, on July 22, 2014. This new album sees (hed)p.e. returning to its heavier roots, which fans have come to admire over the band’s lengthy career. Live Metal’s Jeff Maki recently talked with drummer Jeremiah Stratton, aka “Trauma,” on Friday, June 20, and covered a lot of cool topics, including the opinion of (hed)p.e.  being viewed as a “nostalgia act,” vocalist’s Jared Gomes’ often controversial lyrical content, and the making of the band’s new album, Evolution, its first in four and a half years.

When asked about the possibility of the band ever performing its debut album (hed)p.e.or its breakthrough hit album, Broke, live in their entirety, Jeremiah said it was “something the band could discuss,” adding that they would probably be “open to the idea,” even for select shows, if not a tour. I think that’s outstanding news for one of the all-time great rock and metal party albums. (more…)

We told you about Body Count’s Friday, June 13th, 2014 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in our recent editorial, “On with the Body Count” (read) and now video footage of the metal band fronted by hip-hop legend, actor and director Ice-T, performing the song “Enter The Dark Side” can be seen below. Body Count is the first metal band to perform on this version of the late night talk show. I happened to tune in just in time to watch the performance, where at the conclusion, Fallon exclaims to Ice-T, “That’s how you do it!” Watch the video inside: (more…)

The 2014 Vans Warped Tour tour kicked off June 13th in Houston, Texas and will be on the road through August 3rd. In that time the tour will hit hit 42 stops in the US and Eastern Canada. Complete tour info including bands, dates, Warped FAQ and more can be found on the Warped site. In addition, Warped 101 is your destination for all things Warped. What time does the show start? What bands are playing at my stop? Where do I go to find out what time the bands are playing? Warped 101 is your summer guide to the Warped Tour show in your city. Want to know what stage your favorite Warped band is playing on this summer? Check out the 2014 Vans Warped Tour Stage Guide for the full breakdown inside: (more…)

"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…)

Scott on the "Unwritten Rules of Hardcore."

Scott on the “Unwritten Rules of Hardcore.”

Ten years and five albums in, Los Angeles hardcore punk band Terror recently had its most successful album release yet with Live by the Code (April 9, 2013, Victory Records). The album–which is musically and visually a tribute to the spirit of traditional hardcore–debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, No. 28 on the Billboard Independent Chart and made it into the Billboard Top Current Album Chart at No. 122. Not only is Live by the Code another hard-hitting, mosh-inducing 27 minutes of hardcore, but Terror has achieved its success the old-fashioned, DIY way, with explosive live shows and word of mouth. The band only recently got a big promotional push from its new label, Victory Records.

Vocalist Scott Vogel says Live by The Code “hits harder than (their previous album) Keepers of the Faith,” calling it the “dirtiest, rawest and most hardcore record we’ve done since Lowest of the Low”.

Live Metal has interviewed Vogel before, back in 2009 on the 10 for $10 Tour, mere minutes before they destroyed the stage. (more…)