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Music: Scene Point Blank's Favorites: The Year So Far (July 2020)

As is SPB tradition, we've gotten together to compile a list of the albums our staff are enjoying most so far this year. Here are ... read more

Interviews: Vile Creature

Vile Creature may have only been around for six years, but in that time the Canadian duo has achieved things that some bands can only ... read more

Music: Only Death Is Real #8

Finding new music to explore has become many people's escape since the world of 2020 changed for the worse. In times of struggle music has ... read more

Interviews: Billy Liar

In 2019, Scottish musician Billy Liar released Some Legacyon Red Scare Industries. While the new label brought his music to a wider audience, Liar has ... read more

Music: Only Death Is Real #7

The world has gotten exponentially more weird since the last time this column was published and it doesn’t seem as though it’s going to get ... read more

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SPB and Cro-Mags giveaway!

SPB and Cro-Mags giveaway!

Cro-Mags - In The Beginning

2020 is a lot of things. For NYHC legends Cro-Mags, it’s a rebirth. The Harley Flanagan-fronted band just released In The Beginning last month, showing the experience of a veteran band with the vigor of a teenager just getting started.

While, of course, we want you to read our review, we’re also teaming up with Mission Two Entertainment to give away a cassette + t-shirt combo prize package to a lucky winner. Just click on the contest link, then scroll to the bottom and enter an email address where we can reach you if you win.

We won’t be spamming you or share your info – it’s just a way to get your mailing address (and t-shirt size) if we draw your name.

The contest is open until July 18. USA and Canada mailing addresses only.

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Records SPB exclusive: Old Ghosts - Crow

SPB exclusive: Old Ghosts - Crow

Old Ghosts - Crow

Our featured stream this month comes courtesy of State Of Mind Recordings and Old Ghosts, who share the brand new full length, Crow. Fueled by anger with an underlying sense of hope, Crow is the second full-length from the Buffalo, NY-based group.

In a recent interview with No Echo, vocalist Derek explains:

I think most of the songs end up being questions about how we treat the world, each other, and ourselves. Are we able to change our ways? Can we get past regrets and imperfections? Will we fight for the marginalized or just stand by? 

Pre-orders are available from State Of Mind now. Check out the record here:

Records Pallbearer in October

Posted July 11, 2020, 10:15 a.m.

Pallbearer in October

photo by Ebru Yildiz

Pallbearer has announced Forgotten Days, a new album consisting of 8 tracks in total. It's the group's fourth album overall and releases on Oct. 23 via Nuclear Blast. A video for the title track can be seen now.

“This record has a lot of thematic ties to our first record,” says bassist and songwriter Joseph Rowland. “When we were writing Sorrow and Extinction, my mother was terminally ill. It’s been 10 years since she passed. It’s taken me all of this time to take a really good look at myself. While we were writing Forgotten Days, I knew, ‘Now is the time to sit down and begin to understand who I have become.’”

Records New Bob Nanna (Braid, Hey Mercedes)

Posted July 11, 2020, 9:42 a.m.

New Bob Nanna (Braid, Hey Mercedes)

photo by Scott Wilkinson

Just yesterday, Bob Nanna released the new solo album Celebration States. The 10-song album from the former Braid and Hey Mercedes member is billed as the most personal of his careerand the first to release under his own name. New Granada Records is handling the release.

Music News Anthology of Emo: Volume 2 announced

Posted July 8, 2020, 7:55 p.m.

Anthology of Emo: Volume  2 announced

photo by Loren Green

Podcaster Tom Mullen has announced a follow-up to 2017's Anthology of Emo Volume 1, titled Volume 2, is available for preorder now with a first pressing paperback due in September. Additionally, the sold-out Volume 1will be reprinted (and sold is package deals with the new edition).

Volume 2 collects interviews with Tim Kasher (Cursive), Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World), Chris Conley (Saves the Day), Bob Nanna (Braid), and final interview with Jon Bunch (Sense Field), among others. 

Hit the jump for the specifics.

Records Napalm Death 2020

Posted July 8, 2020, 6:10 p.m.

Napalm Death 2020

On Sept. 18, Napalm Death will give fans the gift of a new album titled Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism. The record is inspired in part by recent events, and was recorded with long time producer Russ Russell.

Napalm Death most recently released a sold out 7” / digital EP, Logic Ravaged By Brute Force in conjunction with their last European tour, precluded by the Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs LP in 2018.

Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism will be released on Century Media Records, with pre-orders available on July 24. The band will unveil a new single on that same date.

Read a long-ago interview with the band courtesy of SPB, or reminisce of live shows by checking our archives for reviews of sets in Sydney and Calgary.

Records The Mr T Experience reissues

Posted July 8, 2020, 5:53 p.m.

The Mr T Experience reissues

The Mr T Experience And The Women Who Love Them hits streets on August 14, 2020 -- a reissue on 12" EP and CD formats courtesy of Sounds Rad.

The record was first released in 1994 on Lookout! Records. And The Women Who Love Them is fully remastered and will also be the first in a series of MTX reissues to come on Sounds Rad.

"In retrospect, it turned out to be a new beginning for the band, but it was recorded more as a 'swan song,' the last gasp of a dying beast." vocalist Dr. Frank says of the album, adding "We were going to fire off one last volley before going down with the ship. The resulting recording, scrapped together with the tiniest of budgets and in a state of deep demoralization, surprised the hell out of me by sounding so great, inadvertently the best-sounding thing we'd ever done. Then, twenty-five years later, the remaster of the rescued and restored tape surprised the hell out of me all over again. This material never got a proper vinyl release at the time, and I'm glad I lived long enough to see it happen."

The reissues were, in part, inspired by Dr. Frank's return to music composition for King Dork Approximately, originally a download-only record complement to his novel of the same name.

Records Era Bleak debut

Posted July 7, 2020, 8:40 p.m.

Era Bleak debut

Era Bleak - Era Bleak

On August 15, Portland, OR's Era Bleak will release their debut LP on Dirt Cult Records. The self-titled record follows a 2018 demo and follows a similar sonic trajectory, inspired by Cold War-era doomsday messages and rampant political anxiety.

Zach Brooks, from the band, offers a statement that is directly about the group's videos but also pertains to their sound in general:

The year is 2020 and we are living in a 1980s punk dystopian sci-fi novel. A pandemic is raging. When we are not donning masks to go out in public, we have nothing to do besides smoke legal weed out of electronic cigarettes and lose ourselves in disinformation. The president of the United States is Jello Biafra's worst nightmare... a buffoon so grotesque we would have had a hard time believing the character was realistic had our current reality actually been a 1980s punk dystopian sci-fi novel.

Check out a video for the song "Era Bleak" here:

Records Anthrax's The Persistence of Time at 30

Posted July 7, 2020, 6:39 p.m.

Anthrax's The Persistence of Time at 30

Anthrax - Persistence of Time/Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition

Anthrax's Persistence Of Time continues to age gracefully -- with the band celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special deluxe edition remaster to come out August 21 on Megaforce Records.

The band is getting fans excited via a 6-part video series hosed by drummer Charlier Benante (watch episode one after the bump), who was the primary figure behind the new edition.

The special edition, released exactly 30 years after its original release, will be available on CD (2xCD + 1 DVD) and vinyl (4xLP).

Records Shehehe are back with Pet Songs

Posted July 7, 2020, 5:28 p.m.

Shehehe are back with Pet Songs

Shehehe return with a new 14-song album later this month on Say-10 Records. The new record, Pet Songs, will release on July 31 and showcases the nearly a decade-old band's blend of call and response vocals, harmonies, and aggressive rhthyms with the occasional scream.

Pet Songs is their fourth full-length to date. Check out the first single, "But I'm Tryin' Hard," below.

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How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy Allen & Unwin   In this turbulent day and age, the question how the world thinks is an interesting one and ... read more

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Cro-Mags - In The Beginning T-shirt & Tape

Posted July 2, 2020, 7:55 p.m.

On July 18 Scene Point Blank will select one winner at random to receive 1 Cro-Mags t-shirt (pictured below) and 1 cassette of Cro-Mags’ latest, In the Beginning. To enter, fill in the form below the picture. Scene Point Blank will not share your information (the winner’s address will be ... more information

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