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No Hope For The Kids – Angels of Destruction 7″
Clearly, this band can do no wrong. The first song Angels of Destruction, is a guitar lead heavy song, that’s just as catchy as anything off the first 7″ or the LP. Simple lyrics, lots of good backing vocals, great sing-along potential if they’d ever come tour North America. The B-Side Cold Touch Of Death, reminds me of Halloween by the Misfits. It’s slower than the A-side, it’s one of those super awesome songs that you want to listen to when it’s shitty and raining outside. Slow and dark, like a lot of their other stuff. Aces all around. Good follow up to an amazing record and an even more amazing first 7″. You can probably still get it online without resorting to eBay, and according to one of the dudes on the KBD mailing list put out the record, and he says a second press is coming out soon and will be “identical” to the first.The Vicious – Suicidal Generation
Wow. This is so fucking good. The dude’s voice kinda reminds me of early Stitches, in that it’s snotty as shit and catchy as fuck. Pogo mayhem, mid-tempo punk. Totally fucking good. It’s even got reverb on his vocals at the end of the title track. The B-side is more of the same, killer song. I heard the LP while I was down in Richmond this weekend and it’s just as good as this 7″, I’m just waiting on the dude from bistrodistro to get back from tour to mail it out to me. I found a copy of this 7″ at Profane Existence last week, so check there before you go to eBay where it sells for way more than I paid PE.

Formaldehyde Junkies – EP
From Minneapolis, really good 7″. This is the first contact I’ve had with this band, since they first played Winnipeg after I left, and I missed them when they were here-ish. 4 songs of fast hardcore. Snotty vocals, fast guitars, awesomely unproduced sounding. I wish I hadn’t heard it 400 times before I tried to write this review, I think I’ve already said as many good things to people as I have to say about it and typing them out again will kill me. It’s rad though, you should probably buy it.

No Bullshit Volume 1
Out on No Way Records, this thing sold out in like 4 minutes and I somehow lucked out and got a copy of it. Talk about a killer fucking line up for a comp. Starts out with Career Suicide giving the record its title track. It’s Career Suicide, I don’t need to tell you how awesome they are, if you’re reading this you should already know. Pretty standard CS stuff, fast circle-pit inducing hardcore from Toronto. After CS is some Japanese band, I dunno what they’re hopped up on, but it sounds like it’s pretty good speed. They’re called Bad Dirty Hate, and they rip. I’ve never heard anything else by them, but if that song is any indication of what they’re like: I’m into them. Last song on the first side is by Government Warning, which I just realized I didn’t babble about how fucking awesome their 7″ is on here yet, and it’s a fucking zinger. Way faster than anything on the 7″, rips harder, but without any really catchy singy parts. The B-Side starts up with Strung Up ripping through their version of DMS, which surprisingly isn’t a crew song. Strung Up rips, and so they get two songs on the comp. The second one is Bent Out Of Shape, and it rules just as much as the first. Closing the comp is Direct Control with Fake, which is probably my favorite DC song yet. Ripping, raw and totally valid. There’s a second press coming out soon, get ahold of one by emailing the label at no way records hc at gmail dot com. But formatted like an email address of course. There’s gonna be more of these comps coming out, they’ll probably all be this good. That makes me happy.

Wasted Time
Last up is the Wasted Time 7″. I saw these dudes in Richmond on Sunday at Nanci Raygun with Fucked Up, Gorilla Angreb, Government Warning, Cloak/Dagger and the Spark. When they were going on I asked Daniel from Dead Metaphor what they were like. He told me they sounded like Poison Idea, so I was stoked to hear them. I was wicked drunk already, so my hearing might’ve been a bit off, but they reminded me more of Uncurbed than of Poison Idea. If you ever read my Uncurbed reviews on the original Fuck-Everything, you’ll understand that I was totally stoked on Wasted Time. The 7″ however, does make me think Poison Idea. Daniel was right to call it such based on the guitar sound which is totally Poison Idea crunchy and punching. But the vocals do still make me kinda think of Uncurbed. Killer hardcore, fast, pissed off, more circle-pits and stagedives. Fuck, the breakdowns on this record are amazing.

Verbal Abuse

So I went to Verbal Abuse on Friday and on Saturday, and despite everything I had a good time at both shows. Friday started by me driving out to Richmond to get fingerprinted so that I can go to school, then I went over to Eric from Direct Control/Government Warning and his girlfriend’s place to hang out and eventually go to the show. Now, this is something that will certainly alter my perceptions of how the show went. We started drinking at like 4:30, then went to the show for about 6:30 or 7 or something and I dunno about everyone else, but I was far from sober. By far from sober I mean totally fucking gooned. When we got to the venue I was totally taken aback by how many people there were there.
Continue reading Verbal Abuse

Killed By Death stuff


Killed By Death radio!!! Amazing! 128kmp3 stream, so it’s not audiophile quality, but it is better than the radio stations of old. As far as I know it’s done by one of the bros on soulseek in the KBD room all of whom are pretty good with their obscure punk rock knowledge.

It’s totally awesome.

They just went from SVT – I Wanna See You Cry (an awesome powerpop song) to Project X – Straight Edge Revenge. That’s amazing.



Drunk Injuns – From Where The Sun Now Stands I Will Fight No More, Forever reissue

Rules. This record really reminds me of Personality Crisis. I’m super into it. It’s first gen socal skate rock. The reissue’s got a few bonus tracks by Ancestors: Gods of Sound which I know nothing about but based on members looks like the same band with a different drummer and basist(?). The first side is slow and creepy stuff, I was just sitting and reading the lyrics, and they’re not half bad. Nothing amazing, but a lot better than most of the skate rock stuff. It doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the skate rock stuff either. They were on one or two of the Thrasher skate Rock comps, but don’t seem like they really fit in with the group. It’s not full out balls to the walls fast hardcore. It seems too dark to go skateboarding. This is sitting in your room contemplating murderous rampages or shooting heroin music. Not busting out front side airs in pools music. That’s not totally fair, but most of the songs make me think about back alleys and drinking over skateboarding, which isn’t the case with most of the skate rock stuff.

Y-Camp is one of my favourite instrumentals ever. It’s super simple, but totally works. It’d be a great intro at a live show, and it doesn’t seem out of place in on the record. That starts off the second side perfectly. The second side is a little less creepy, but just as dark as the first. Plus it has the bonus tracks which are awesome. The two Ancestors: Gods of Sound are totally awesome. More straight up hardcore/punk rock than the rest of the record, they maintain sound but speed it up a bit. Then to close the record, a song recorded in 1997 by the Drunk Injuns called Juanita. It’s a slow acoustic number which sounds like it could be a pretty angry or tragic song based on the vocal patterns, until you pay attention to the words instead of how they’re sung and you realise that it’s a song about his Grandmother’s life. Good song, kinda weird album closer though.

You can get it through Alternative Tentacles.

Wild Cherry Pepsi
Is awesome. I’ve had like 4 cans of it today. That can’t be healthy.

Roger C Reale and the Rue Morgue – Radioactive

This is by far one of the best powerpop records I’ve ever heard. Incidentally I sought the record simply because of the one song that doesn’t really fit with the rest of the record. The song “Kill Me” which is on a few comps, and is totally a ripping punk rock song. It also started my latest poorly thought out and ill-financed ebay shopping spree. The rest of the record is super catchy powerpop. It’s all really tongue in cheek and sarcastic, which I enjoy immensely. It also features GE Smith from the Saturday Night Live band, and surprisingly it doesn’t fill me with rage and want to destroy the universe every time I think of that. I guess it’s because I don’t have to see his face, but man, if I had seen these guys live I probably would’ve fought him every time he played a lead. Great record, good lyrics, fun to listen to. Yep.