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The Ergs! / Grabass Charlestons – Split

Posted Nov. 18, 2012, 4:28 a.m.

The Ergs! / Grabass Charlestons – Split

The Ergs have suddenly become everyone’s favorite pop-punk and with good reason. They contribute two songs of fun catchy songs about girls that will no ... read more

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Twin Killing – ...If This Could Last Forever

Posted Dec. 13, 2010, 1:10 p.m.

Twin Killing – ...If This Could Last Forever

Well anyone that names themselves after Floorpunch most be good right? Well Twin Killing is. Fast youth crew styled hardcore with prerequisite breakdowns, singalongs, and ... read more

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The New Enemy – Outsourced

Posted Dec. 6, 2010, 12:24 p.m.

The New Enemy – Outsourced

The first track sounds like Kid Dynamite so right away I thought I found a new melodic hardcore band to fall in love with. Then ... read more

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Night Owls – Self Titled

Posted Dec. 6, 2010, 12:21 p.m.

Night Owls – Self Titled

Night Owls are a relatively new rock band from Syracuse New York. They have ex-members of some notable bands from hardcore recent past, but they ... read more

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The Reptilian – Boys Life EP

Posted Dec. 6, 2010, 12:18 p.m.

The Reptilian – Boys Life EP

Angular, discombobulated yet tuneful and melodic 90's styled emo. I haven't heard a band like this in quite some time and there's probably a good ... read more

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Various Artists – Let Me Out & First Cut - Swedish Hardcore Split

Posted Dec. 6, 2010, 12:16 p.m.

Various Artists – Let Me Out & First Cut - Swedish Hardcore Split

Ah, split CDs of two bands I've never heard of before. The bane of my existence. Anyway, Sweden's Let Me Out play tuneful melodic hardcore ... read more

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Various Artists – Through Trials & Plead the Fifth - Split

Posted Dec. 6, 2010, 12:16 p.m.

Various Artists – Through Trials & Plead the Fifth - Split

Oh for the love Mike, I need to stop swooping down on these split CDs on the promo list. I am always disappointed. I mean ... read more

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Bring Out Your Dead – Just Stay Asleep...

Posted Nov. 22, 2010, 11:14 a.m.

Bring Out Your Dead – Just Stay Asleep...

Bring Out Your Dead features members of Scraps and Heart Attacks for anyone else out there that gives a hoot. I liked Scraps and Heart ... read more

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Ultima Victima – La Batalla Sera Enterna

Posted Nov. 22, 2010, 11:12 a.m.

Ultima Victima – La Batalla Sera Enterna

If there's nothing that I hate more is moshcore bands that feel it necessary for their mosh parts to have mosh parts over mosh parts. ... read more

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The Metroschifter – Carbonistas

Posted Feb. 1, 2010, 3:16 a.m.

The Metroschifter – Carbonistas

Scott Ritcher was one of the masterminds behind the rise of Louisville hardcore in the early 90's. He had some extraordinary ideas on how to ... read more

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Fired Up – Doomed to Repeat

Posted Dec. 16, 2009, 1:46 a.m.

Fired Up – Doomed to Repeat

Doomed to Repeat is a posthumous release from Fired Up. Fired Up plays extremely fast youth crew inspired hardcore and gained a little bit of ... read more

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Face Reality – Positive Change

Posted Dec. 16, 2009, 1:44 a.m.

Face Reality – Positive Change

It's nice to see in 2009 that's there is still youth crew hardcore bands out there. Face Reality is from Michigan and play fast hardcore ... read more

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Blacklisted – No One Deserves to be Here More Than Me

Posted Dec. 15, 2009, 3:09 a.m.

Blacklisted – No One Deserves to be Here More Than Me

There probably hasn't been a record in recent months that has garnered any more whoopla than Blacklisted's No One Deserves to be Here More Than ... read more

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Explode and Make Up – Some Kind of Diplomat

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:48 a.m.

Explode and Make Up – Some Kind of Diplomat

Any band that names themselves after a Sugar song automatically wins major points with me. And it doesn't hurt the band's cause when you hear ... read more

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Downpresser – Age of Ignorance

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:46 a.m.

Downpresser – Age of Ignorance

Hailing from Santa Barbara, CA is the metallic hardcore attack of Downpresser. Six tracks of down-tuned, head cracking, thick skulled hardcore in the vein of ... read more

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Defeater – Lost Ground

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:44 a.m.

Defeater – Lost Ground

This is the latest EP from Massachusetts' Defeater, who had a little bit of notoriety by being a band that liked to travel in a ... read more

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Crooked Ways – Crimes of Passion

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:39 a.m.

Crooked Ways – Crimes of Passion

I have an unhealthy obsession with melodic hardcore bands and it's sad that when the term comes up in conversation I am bombarded with bands ... read more

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Bracewar – Whatever it Takes

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:24 a.m.

Bracewar – Whatever it Takes

I believe these four songs were released as a sampler for Bracewar's upcoming full-length. I could be wrong though. These demo tracks were released as ... read more

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The Bonus Army – Negative Outlooks

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:22 a.m.

The Bonus Army – Negative Outlooks

Well what do we have here? Ten songs on one 7", plus a cartoon image of a zombie getting their head lopped off by an ... read more

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Black Breath – Razor to Oblivion

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:20 a.m.

Black Breath – Razor to Oblivion

Holy Moses! Do you need a new recipe for a Molotov Cocktail of ROCK?! Mix one part Motörhead with two parts dirty, smelliest hardcore this ... read more

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Bane – Dublin 11:58 PM

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:17 a.m.

Bane – Dublin 11:58 PM

Bane are currently not on Equal Vision Records so they decided to release a crop of 7"s on different labels throughout the world, each one ... read more

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Bad Seed – Bad Seed

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:14 a.m.

Bad Seed – Bad Seed

Members of Title Fight do a hardcore band, neat. The four songs on this platter remind me of early Merauder crossed with Cold World for ... read more

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The Guilt Show – Before They Know We're All Dead

Posted Dec. 1, 2009, 3:57 p.m.

The Guilt Show – Before They Know We're All Dead

Now this is more like it. After the slow burn of the opening track "Raise My Flag," The Guilt Show go for the throat with ... read more

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Run With the Hunted – Everything Familiar

Posted Nov. 18, 2009, 1:47 a.m.

Run With the Hunted – Everything Familiar

When you name your band after a Charles Bukowski book, you are automatically selling yourself as an intellectual band, or at least a well-read one. ... read more

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Stereotyperider – Songs in the Keys of F & U

Posted Nov. 15, 2009, 8:01 p.m.

Stereotyperider – Songs in the Keys of F & U

I've had a long-standing career of completely ignoring Stereotyperider even though friends have made valiant attempts to reassure me that I would like this band. ... read more

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In Desperation – Ghost Town, America

Posted Oct. 22, 2009, 2:14 p.m.

In Desperation – Ghost Town, America

Decent enough modern hardcore that reminds me of a sped up Modern Life is War or a less metal Killing the Dream. Someone is itching ... read more

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Redemption – Demo

Posted Oct. 22, 2009, 2:12 p.m.

Redemption – Demo

Wow. Here's a first: a Christian hardcore band that doesn't annoy the piss out of me. Someone mark that down on a calender somewhere. Anyhow, ... read more

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Mothra – Dyes

Posted Oct. 22, 2009, 2:11 p.m.

Mothra – Dyes

Noisy manic hardcore from Poland in the vein of Deadguy, Botch, or Norma Jean. Once again completely not my thing but Mothra seem to know ... read more

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Billy Club Sandwich – The Usual Suspects

Posted Oct. 22, 2009, 2:09 p.m.

Billy Club Sandwich – The Usual Suspects

Besides some brilliant use of Photoshop to interpose the band members of Billy Club Sandwich in some memorable movies of the past 20 years there ... read more

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Bankrupt – Rocket to Riot City

Posted Oct. 22, 2009, 2:05 p.m.

Bankrupt – Rocket to Riot City

Wow. I am sick to death of reviewing bands from across the pond. This time it's Hungry. One of my favorite uh adult actresses of ... read more

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Collison of My Axioms – Veritas

Posted Oct. 22, 2009, 2:03 p.m.

Collison of My Axioms – Veritas

Completely predictable chug mosh from Italy. If you like xLiferuinerx or live in my state of Minnesota you probably think this is the shit. The ... read more

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We are the Living – Encouragement by Assault

Posted Oct. 8, 2009, 12:32 a.m.

We are the Living – Encouragement by Assault

Do not confuse this Louisiana band with the Tennessee band of the same name. Otherwise you will find yourself looking at a very nice flash ... read more

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Reaching Hand – Threshold

Posted Oct. 6, 2009, 12:49 a.m.

Reaching Hand – Threshold

We are off to Portugal for this five-piece female-fronted hardcore band. Reaching Hand play mid-tempo to fast chunky hardcore with nasally high pitched vocals. All ... read more

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The Cold Beat – Dumbwaiter

Posted Oct. 6, 2009, 12:47 a.m.

The Cold Beat – Dumbwaiter

Dumbwaiter is a decent enough EP from this Boston four-piece. The first track, "Watch and Ward" is the best one as it recalls a fuzzed ... read more

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Golden City – Golden City

Posted Oct. 6, 2009, 12:45 a.m.

Golden City – Golden City

This eight-song EP is completely and utterly awesome. I really wasn't expecting much from former Christie Front Drive guitar player Eric Richter since last I ... read more

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Locked In – Walk the Plank

Posted Oct. 6, 2009, 12:41 a.m.

Locked In – Walk the Plank

We head off to the land of pizza and the Pope for this full-length release by Locked In. I never thought of Italy as a ... read more

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Screaming Females – Power Move

Posted Sept. 30, 2009, 7:26 p.m.

Screaming Females – Power Move

All right, might as well just get this done and over with. There's been a lot of hype surrounding this three-piece Jersey group and I ... read more

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Merit – Arson is for Lovers

Posted Sept. 28, 2009, 2:07 a.m.

Merit – Arson is for Lovers

Merit is from upstate New York and annoys the living fuck out of me. Sadly Merit wants to be Paramore. If my teenage daughter came ... read more

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Merauder – God is I

Posted Sept. 24, 2009, 5:51 a.m.

Merauder – God is I

Oh hey what do you know, Merauder is back. For those that don't remember, Merauder put out the classic crossover album Master Killer in 1995. ... read more

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Jon Snodgrass – Visitor's Band

Posted Sept. 21, 2009, 1:31 a.m.

Jon Snodgrass – Visitor's Band

Jon Snodgrass used a sling a guitar in Armchair Martian and Drag the River but decided to go with the singer-songwriter route and dropped Visitor's ... read more

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Boxcutter – The Ill Testament

Posted Sept. 14, 2009, 11:19 p.m.

Boxcutter – The Ill Testament

I'm probably the last person that should be do a review on the latest album from Pennsylvania's Boxcutter. I haven't had a rough life. Both ... read more

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Reign Supreme – Testing the Limits of Infinite

Posted Aug. 31, 2009, 2:50 p.m.

Reign Supreme – Testing the Limits of Infinite

In 1995 Testing the Limits of Infinite would have been standard fare by any big league hardcore band. You see, back then many bands liked ... read more

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Tall Ships – Voyages

Posted Aug. 7, 2009, 1:09 a.m.

Tall Ships – Voyages

When you review as many generic melodic hardcore bands as I do, you do whatever you can to try to find things that make one ... read more

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Swamp Thing – In Shame

Posted July 27, 2009, 12:48 a.m.

Swamp Thing – In Shame

Rob Gordon's first lines uttered in High Fidelity are What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or ... read more

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Outrage – Savior

Posted June 30, 2009, 4:51 a.m.

Outrage – Savior

Here we have a decent seven-song slab of 90's hardcore with some newer influences. Outrage sounds like they take the best riffs from the New ... read more

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The Mongoloids – Assorted Music

Posted June 18, 2009, 11:37 p.m.

The Mongoloids – Assorted Music

My review of the Mongoloids last full-length, Time Trials, was probably one of the worst reviews I have ever written. I had the vinyl version ... read more

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How Dare You – Comfort Road

Posted June 8, 2009, 12:32 a.m.

How Dare You – Comfort Road

This is the second review that I've done from Fail Safe Records that involves at least one member from a 90's melodic hardcore band that ... read more

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The Casting Out – Go Crazy! Throw Fireworks!

Posted June 1, 2009, 2:42 p.m.

The Casting Out – Go Crazy! Throw Fireworks!

Nathan Gray was the lead singer of what was one of the most important band in the late 90's, Boy Sets Fire. There are plenty ... read more

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Agent – Awake in Their World

Posted May 27, 2009, 1:16 a.m.

Agent – Awake in Their World

Run Cover for Cover's label head Jeff and I like to go back and forth over his bastardization of the phrase "pop-punk" but the kid ... read more

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Police & Thieves – Amor Y Guerra (Reissue)

Posted May 27, 2009, 1:12 a.m.

Police & Thieves – Amor Y Guerra (Reissue)

Michael already reviewed the 7" version of this. The only thing that's different is that the CD version has the demo tacked on for good ... read more

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The Spirit of 76 – The Spirit of 76

Posted May 14, 2009, 7:05 a.m.

The Spirit of 76 – The Spirit of 76

There's probably nothing else that I hate worse that when bands I've never heard of because they happen to know the same people I do ... read more

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Make Do and Mend – Bodies of Water

Posted May 11, 2009, 12:29 a.m.

Make Do and Mend – Bodies of Water

I'm just going to be honest here and let you all in on a little secret of mine. The thing is there aren't really any ... read more

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Liquid Limbs – Orquid

Posted April 27, 2009, 9:50 a.m.

Liquid Limbs – Orquid

I've never understood the concept of two-piece rock bands. Okay, smartasses, I get it; it's two people in a band. However I never grasped the ... read more

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Kids Like Us – The 80s are Dead (Reissue)

Posted April 5, 2009, 11:05 p.m.

Kids Like Us – The 80s are Dead (Reissue)

I might as well start this review off by saying I have never liked Kids Like Us. There is nothing about their music that enthralls ... read more

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Heavy Hearted – Overcast

Posted March 18, 2009, 2:07 a.m.

Heavy Hearted – Overcast

Disappointment once again rears it's ugly unexpected face at me. Heavy Hearted (who should not be confused with Wholehearted from Wisconsin, or Have Heart from ... read more

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Wholehearted – Reclaim

Posted March 16, 2009, 3:11 a.m.

Wholehearted – Reclaim

What do we have here? You mean there are actually some youths from that godforsaken cheese covered land of Favre that actually don't want to ... read more

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Ruiner – I Heard These Dudes are Assholes

Posted Feb. 18, 2009, 12:16 a.m.

Ruiner – I Heard These Dudes are Assholes

I really want to know why this CD even exists in the first place? Ruiner's last album Prepare to Be Letdown is barely in its ... read more

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Transitions – Positive Hardcore

Posted Feb. 11, 2009, 1:33 a.m.

Transitions – Positive Hardcore

This CD is a three song demo of 90's hardcore on the posi tip (obviously). It sounds like a cross between Mouthpiece and Undertow. So ... read more

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Mi Barrio – Good Job

Posted Feb. 11, 2009, 1:27 a.m.

Mi Barrio – Good Job

I'm stoked that bands out there are gluttons for punishment and seek me out to do a review of their album. That's cool. However, I ... read more

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All for Nothing – Solitary

Posted Feb. 11, 2009, 1:25 a.m.

All for Nothing – Solitary

More hardcore from across the pond. This time it's The Netherlands. Neat. All for Nothing sound like they want to rewrite the first Comeback Kid ... read more

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Static Radio (NJ) – An Evening of Bad Decisions...

Posted Feb. 3, 2009, 11:42 p.m.

Static Radio (NJ) – An Evening of Bad Decisions...

Here's another band that's right up my alley. I know.. I love fellow SPB writer Zach and how he pigeonholes himself with review after review ... read more

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Cruel Hand – Prying Eyes

Posted Dec. 28, 2008, 11:50 p.m.

Cruel Hand – Prying Eyes

I love it when hardcore bands up their game. I understand it's hardcore and bands have made decade-long careers on releasing the same album year ... read more

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Defeater – Travels

Posted Dec. 21, 2008, 2:52 p.m.

Defeater – Travels

Travels tells the story of a fictional man from birth to death and every heart broken life shattering event in between. So yes, this is ... read more

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Deadly Sins – Selling Our Weaknesses

Posted Dec. 10, 2008, 11:14 p.m.

Deadly Sins – Selling Our Weaknesses

This Boston punk band is made up of members of Reach the Sky, Even in Blackouts, and Stephanie Dougherty - who apparently has lent her ... read more

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Bridge and Tunnel – East/West

Posted Nov. 25, 2008, 9:05 p.m.

Bridge and Tunnel – East/West

If there has ever been a band that you would expect to be on No Idea Records that doesn't feature any bands that were ever ... read more

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Crime In Stereo – Selective Wreckage

Posted Nov. 24, 2008, 1:08 a.m.

Crime In Stereo – Selective Wreckage

If Selective Wreckage would have came out after the Troubled Stateside instead of ...is Dead no one would of batted an eye. Most of the ... read more

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Crime Desire – Crime Desire

Posted Nov. 17, 2008, 10:58 p.m.

Crime Desire – Crime Desire

The singer of Crime Desire is dead ringer for Rasaraja/Robert Fish of 108/Judas Factor fame. So I can't help to think that Crime Desire is ... read more

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Black SS – Terror of the North East: 2004-2007

Posted Nov. 11, 2008, 12:20 a.m.

Black SS – Terror of the North East: 2004-2007

I've mentioned it before in other reviews that I usually try to find bands to enjoy musically by their own personal likability. Although I do ... read more

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Dillinger Four – C I V I L W A R

Posted Nov. 9, 2008, 12:01 p.m.

Dillinger Four – C I V I L W A R

Being from the same state as well a fan of tuneful catchy pop-punk one would think that I would be really into Dillinger Four. Yes, ... read more

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Cold World – Dedicated to Babies Who Came Feet First

Posted Nov. 5, 2008, 10:25 a.m.

Cold World – Dedicated to Babies Who Came Feet First

Thankfully raps inclusion into the world of heavy music has been greatly ignored in hardcore minus a few forays into the ugliest parts of New ... read more

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Ceremony – Still Nothing Moves You

Posted Oct. 28, 2008, 10:10 p.m.

Ceremony – Still Nothing Moves You

I could easily give Ceremony's latest album a token crappy review because quite frankly I find this band a bit too overrated to garner an ... read more

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Alpha & Omega – Devil's Bed

Posted Oct. 6, 2008, 11:28 p.m.

Alpha & Omega – Devil's Bed

You know when George sings on Blacklisted's Heavier than Heaven, Lonelier than God and you really liked that grungey overblown style? Oh wait that was ... read more

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All Hype – Response

Posted Oct. 6, 2008, 11:27 p.m.

All Hype – Response

Michigan's All Hype had the unfortunate job of opening a six-band bill show that had no local openers and I believe only ten people paid. ... read more

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Fucked Up – Year of the Pig (Reissue)

Posted Oct. 6, 2008, 11:23 p.m.

Fucked Up – Year of the Pig (Reissue)

A re-release of an EP that came out last year from this overrated punk band from Canada that someone inked a deal with indie's scared ... read more

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Hammer Bros. – The Kids are Dead

Posted Oct. 6, 2008, 11:20 p.m.

Hammer Bros. – The Kids are Dead

I'm getting too many records that sound exactly like The Kids are Dead. It's another moshy metal crossover type hardcore album that is sweeping VFW ... read more

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Jumpercable – Jumpercable

Posted Oct. 6, 2008, 11:17 p.m.

Jumpercable – Jumpercable

Awful intro that thankfully goes into speedy hardcore reminiscent of bands from the early part of this decade. It's fun and moshy. They even have ... read more

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Last Lights – Demo

Posted Oct. 6, 2008, 11:13 p.m.

Last Lights – Demo

This band sounds like The Suicide File with the spazzy noise of Panic and some chunky riffs of Hope Conspiracy all mixed in. I guess ... read more

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Scream Hello – Smart & Stupid

Posted Oct. 6, 2008, 11:11 p.m.

Scream Hello – Smart & Stupid

Super melodic emo-pop with wimpy vocals. Your girlfriend is going to like this band more than you will. It's cute and catchy but a bit ... read more

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Signs of Hope – Choices Made

Posted Oct. 6, 2008, 11:09 p.m.

Signs of Hope – Choices Made

I thoroughly enjoyed CT's Signs of Hope full-length First and Foremost and was pleased as punch to see their new EP in my mailbox. If ... read more

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Stay Sharp – Four Songs

Posted Oct. 6, 2008, 11:07 p.m.

Stay Sharp – Four Songs

I remember lurking various bands Myspaces and coming across this Philadelphia band. I remember liking it, I also remember saying something about how Stay Sharp ... read more

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Cold Snap – Didn't Your Mother Warn You About Creatures in the Night

Posted Oct. 6, 2008, 11:02 p.m.

Cold Snap – Didn't Your Mother Warn You About Creatures in the Night

A three-song demo of slow droning somewhat melodic hardcore named after a Suicide File song. Cold Snap tries to recall the heydays of Boston hardcore ... read more

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Alkaline Trio – Agony & Irony

Posted Sept. 22, 2008, 8:43 p.m.

Alkaline Trio – Agony & Irony

Dear Matt Skiba, I recently picked up your band's latest release in the cut out bin at my favorite used CD store. After your last ... read more

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The Banner – Frailty

Posted Sept. 16, 2008, 9:13 p.m.

The Banner – Frailty

The Banner is the last great hope for Ferret Music since Dead Hearts broke up recently. I mean would you look at Ferret's current roster. ... read more

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Astapi – Corruption Concealed Under Deceptive Slogans

Posted Sept. 3, 2008, 9:11 p.m.

Astapi – Corruption Concealed Under Deceptive Slogans

The Republican National Convention is busy throwing its Republican hootenanny only few scant miles from my apartment. If I was more politically minded I should ... read more

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Razzle Dazzle – Strictly Saucers

Posted Aug. 6, 2008, 12:44 a.m.

Razzle Dazzle – Strictly Saucers

Detroit, Michigan's Razzle Dazzle (or Rzl Dzl for the vowely impaired) is two dudes named Will and Haroun who basically just want you and everyone ... read more

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Verse – Aggression

Posted July 15, 2008, 8:32 p.m.

Verse – Aggression

I think I've read more hyped up reviews of Verse's third album Aggression than I've actually listened to it. I keep seeing a reoccurring trend ... read more

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Inhuman – Last Rites

Posted July 7, 2008, 12:05 a.m.

Inhuman – Last Rites

Inhuman have been around since the dawn of time. Well okay, fifteen years. They are always pegged as "The Most Underrated Band in NYHC". Quite ... read more

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History – Ghosts in the City

Posted July 6, 2008, 11:58 p.m.

History – Ghosts in the City

I hate being lied too. I remember wanting this CD for review because the one-sheet was all about this Orlando, Florida band being a "Dischord-Style" ... read more

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The T4 Project – Story-Based Concept Album

Posted June 30, 2008, 10:15 p.m.

The T4 Project – Story-Based Concept Album

Before this monstrosity hit my mailbox the only concept album that I own was Hüsker Dü's Zen Arcade. Even that double album by those St. ... read more

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No Use for a Name – Feel Good Record of the Year

Posted June 15, 2008, 11:18 p.m.

No Use for a Name – Feel Good Record of the Year

I'm sitting here drinking a beer to wash down a turkey melt I just made with my George Foreman Grill. Jason Kubel just hit a ... read more

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Transit – This Will Not Define Us

Posted June 4, 2008, 11 p.m.

Transit – This Will Not Define Us

Imagine it's the last part of 90's and you're some wide-eyed kid who thinks you're older late-teens brother is the coolest person in world. Your ... read more

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Polar Bear Club – Sometimes Things Just Disappear

Posted May 27, 2008, 7:55 p.m.

Polar Bear Club – Sometimes Things Just Disappear

Every once in awhile a new band comes down the pike and reaffirms your love for music. A couple years ago it was Crime in ... read more

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Slap the Culture – Slap the Culture

Posted May 26, 2008, 5:30 p.m.

Slap the Culture – Slap the Culture

Fast pissed off old school hardcore from Japan. Sounds straight from the American Hardcore soundtrack with a better production. It's speedy, furious, and somewhat entertaining. ... read more

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Now or Never – Now or Never

Posted May 26, 2008, 5:27 p.m.

Now or Never – Now or Never

Now or Never features members of Gordon Ivy & The Jaybirds and play fast melodic hardcore that came from Scandinavia in the mid to late ... read more

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Gordon Ivy & The Jaybirds – Happy Couples Never Last

Posted May 26, 2008, 5:23 p.m.

Gordon Ivy & The Jaybirds – Happy Couples Never Last

I have never been a big fan of bands from the Island Nation of Japan. They were always so over the top and the "Engrish" ... read more

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Up the Fury – Behind Every Mind

Posted May 20, 2008, 8:50 p.m.

Up the Fury – Behind Every Mind

Screw you with your Crime in Stereos, your Capitals, your Agents, and your Thieves and Assassins. Seriously, take a long jump off a short pier ... read more

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The Gaslight Anthem – Señor and the Queen

Posted May 19, 2008, 7:35 p.m.

The Gaslight Anthem – Señor and the Queen

New Jersey The Gaslight Anthem's Sink of Swim was one of the most over-looked album last year on Scene Point Blank. So to make up ... read more

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Forfeit – Visions

Posted May 10, 2008, 3:12 a.m.

Forfeit – Visions

Heavy, stomp worthy, pissed off mid-tempo to fast in your face hardcore. If you like anything from Agnostic Front, Buried Alive, to the almighty Integrity ... read more

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The First Step – Connection

Posted May 10, 2008, 3:10 a.m.

The First Step – Connection

My favorite revival band of the revival youth-crew bands is back with another four-song platter so I can mosh around my apartment, pointer fingers extended ... read more

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Carry the Torch – Dead Weather

Posted May 10, 2008, 3:07 a.m.

Carry the Torch – Dead Weather

Carry the Torch are yet another over-emotional hardcore band that play fast, somewhat tuneful, a little bit metal, and quite moshable hardcore. The one-sheet says ... read more

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Slingshot Dakota – Their Dreams are Dead, but Ours is the Golden Ghost

Posted May 8, 2008, 1:07 p.m.

Slingshot Dakota – Their Dreams are Dead, but Ours is the Golden Ghost

A few years ago I went to one of those parties that a lot of us have attended. There was plenty of PBR flowing and ... read more

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Various Artists – Generic Insight Radio Volume One

Posted May 6, 2008, 4 p.m.

Various Artists – Generic Insight Radio Volume One

Generic Insight Radio is a weekly Internet radio show that airs on Wednesday nights from 10:00 PM until midnight EST. I personally have never listened ... read more

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Vietnam Werewolf – Ohio's City

Posted May 4, 2008, 7:57 p.m.

Vietnam Werewolf – Ohio's City

Ever listen to a band and just know if you lived in the same city as them that you would be good friends with them? ... read more

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Good Riddance – Remain in Memory: The Last Show

Posted April 30, 2008, 4:39 p.m.

Good Riddance – Remain in Memory: The Last Show

Good Riddance has always been just another one of those "Fat" bands that started in the early 90's and put out album after album well ... read more

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Saints Never Surrender – Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

Posted April 16, 2008, 12:34 a.m.

Saints Never Surrender – Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

Every once in awhile I use the Internet's greatest invention, Youtube, to get a feel for a band by either watching live performances or perhaps ... read more

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Ride Your Bike – Bad News from the Bar

Posted April 7, 2008, 12:17 a.m.

Ride Your Bike – Bad News from the Bar

Bad News from the Bar serves as a soundtrack for a screenplay that Ride Your Bike member Mike Getches wrote. In the supposed movie which ... read more

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One Win Choice – Never Suspend Belief

Posted March 25, 2008, 2:29 a.m.

One Win Choice – Never Suspend Belief

I've had a really shitty day today. I got into a useless argument with my boss. I feel like shit. I'm piss-broke until Wednesday and ... read more

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Jet Lag Gemini – Fire the Cannons

Posted March 10, 2008, 4:44 p.m.

Jet Lag Gemini – Fire the Cannons

Doghouse Records used to be one of my favorite labels. Their early roster included Endpoint, Falling Forward, Split Lip, etc. who in the 90's defined ... read more

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Desoto Jones – Aurora

Posted Feb. 28, 2008, 10:14 p.m.

Desoto Jones – Aurora

Before I even really get into this review, I just need to let everyone out there in Scene Point Blank-land know that this album actually ... read more

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Another Kind of Death – Sleepless Every Night

Posted Feb. 20, 2008, 4:05 p.m.

Another Kind of Death – Sleepless Every Night

Anyone that knows anything about gun safety knows that no one ever stuffs a loaded gun down the front of their pants. That's just a ... read more

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Final Verdict – Reaching for Something Better

Posted Feb. 14, 2008, 1:41 a.m.

Final Verdict – Reaching for Something Better

Typical mid-tempo to fast metal-core that thankfully takes its queues from early 90's metallic hardcore than it does from the fashion inspired Sweden riff infested ... read more

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The Maine – The Way We Talk

Posted Feb. 14, 2008, 1:37 a.m.

The Maine – The Way We Talk

I could tell right away from the faux 60's hippie cover art to the band photo wherein three out of four members have the exact ... read more

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The Mongoloids – Time Trials

Posted Feb. 5, 2008, 6:33 a.m.

The Mongoloids – Time Trials

There's something about over-hyped hardcore bands that makes me want to hear them. It has something to do with my connection with the hardcore scene ... read more

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Cold World – No Omega

Posted Jan. 15, 2008, 1:18 p.m.

Cold World – No Omega

The Wilkes-Barre hardcore unit Cold World has a lot to answer for. First, they were the band that effectively shut down Posi Numbers Fest for ... read more

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Awake and Alert – Devil in a Lambskin Suit

Posted Jan. 1, 2008, 8:25 p.m.

Awake and Alert – Devil in a Lambskin Suit

Sometimes I think our beloved editor and all around swell dude, Michael, doesn't even bother giving our promo records a listen. Case in point: Awake ... read more

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Crime In Stereo – ...is Dead

Posted Dec. 27, 2007, 8:22 p.m.

Crime In Stereo – ...is Dead

I don't think there has ever been an album that I've liked that I have hated so much about. Case in point; not even fifteen ... read more

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Broadway Calls – Broadway Calls

Posted Dec. 20, 2007, 7:39 p.m.

Broadway Calls – Broadway Calls

The term "pop-punk" has been really batted around in 2007. It has been used describe every band from Set Your Goals (wrong) to The Ergs ... read more

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Ambitions – Stranger

Posted Dec. 16, 2007, 11:59 p.m.

Ambitions – Stranger

I've been a dedicated follower of Ambitions since their introduction as a side project band that featured three-fifths of With Honor and occasionally Matt Fox ... read more

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Make Do and Mend – We're All Just Living

Posted Dec. 12, 2007, 2:58 p.m.

Make Do and Mend – We're All Just Living

Don't you just hate it when an album, or in this case an EP, is marred by one or two horrible tracks? Connecticut’s Make Do ... read more

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Alkaline Trio – Remains

Posted Dec. 10, 2007, 7:08 p.m.

Alkaline Trio – Remains

I haven't met anyone in my life that is affiliated with hardcore or punk that doesn't like at least a handful of Alkaline Trio songs. ... read more

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Terror – Rhythm Amongst the Chaos

Posted Dec. 8, 2007, 4:07 a.m.

Terror – Rhythm Amongst the Chaos

I love Terror. I don't care about what anyone has to say about this band being simple-minded or playing hardcore for the "wrong kids." Terror ... read more

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Provoke / Tempo 38 – Split

Posted Dec. 8, 2007, 4:03 a.m.

Provoke / Tempo 38 – Split

This is going to be the last split CD I ever review for Scene Point Blank. Okay, this is going to be the last split ... read more

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Kill Conrad – 32 Short Films About Nothing in Particular

Posted Dec. 8, 2007, 3:59 a.m.

Kill Conrad – 32 Short Films About Nothing in Particular

Boston's Kill Conrad sound like just about any other punk band on No Idea that doesn't want to be or is Hot Water Music. I ... read more

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Get Back Up – Weathering the Storm

Posted Dec. 8, 2007, 3:56 a.m.

Get Back Up – Weathering the Storm

Buffalo, NY's Get Back Up unfortunately sounds like every other new school hardcore band out there playing in local venues across the United States and ... read more

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Countime – Broken, Blinded, Betrayed

Posted Dec. 8, 2007, 3:52 a.m.

Countime – Broken, Blinded, Betrayed

Just about everything about this release offended me, from the cover photo a bloodied tricycle to one of the members flashing a gang sign in ... read more

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Capital – Homefront

Posted Nov. 25, 2007, 2:35 p.m.

Capital – Homefront

There is presumably no one this side of the Mississippi that is more stoked than me on hearing the latest offering from the Long Island ... read more

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Pellinore – Memento Mori & Hell Mouth

Posted Nov. 14, 2007, 2:11 a.m.

Pellinore – Memento Mori & Hell Mouth

Memento Mori & Hell Mouth is a compilation of this newish Northern Jersey hardcore band called Pellinore. I decided to take this CD on one ... read more

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Supreme Commander / Alive at Last – Split

Posted Nov. 8, 2007, 2:23 p.m.

Supreme Commander / Alive at Last – Split

The first six tracks on this split CD are from Supreme Commander whose 7" I reviewed and whole-heartily enjoyed a few months back. Supreme Commander ... read more

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Ambitions – Exile

Posted Oct. 29, 2007, 6:43 p.m.

Ambitions – Exile

Ambitions have always been one of those bands I've liked but never really got overly into. They always seemed far too cheesy in that super ... read more

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I Rise – Down

Posted Oct. 29, 2007, 6:40 p.m.

I Rise – Down

I Rise impressed me with their showing on the split with Soul Control with their ability to rewrite the best riffs from all the 90's ... read more

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Sinking Ships – Ten

Posted Oct. 29, 2007, 6:37 p.m.

Sinking Ships – Ten

If the rumor serves correct, this may be the swansong for Sinking Ships. I for one will be sad to see them go (if said ... read more

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Snake Eyes – Snake Eyes

Posted Oct. 29, 2007, 6:34 p.m.

Snake Eyes – Snake Eyes

Snake Eyes is just another one of those side project bands that doesn’t get a lot of love outside of their home stomping grounds of ... read more

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Wasted Time – No Shore

Posted Oct. 29, 2007, 6:31 p.m.

Wasted Time – No Shore

Wasted Time basically sounds like Time to Escape but with more gruff vocals and more influences that stem from early New York hardcore than Dischord. ... read more

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Time to Escape – Time to Escape

Posted Oct. 29, 2007, 6:28 p.m.

Time to Escape – Time to Escape

Bands like Time to Escape are the reason I picked up a record player. It's not so I can score crucial pre-order/fest only vinyl. It's ... read more

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Little Lebowski Urban Achievers – Is This a Party or an Intervention?

Posted Oct. 29, 2007, 6:25 p.m.

Little Lebowski Urban Achievers – Is This a Party or an Intervention?

Little Lebowski Urban Achievers are a slightly indie and extremely drunk pop-punk band that, when I actually leave the apartment, I've shared beers with more ... read more

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Make the Difference – I Still Believe

Posted Oct. 18, 2007, 11:26 p.m.

Make the Difference – I Still Believe

Cincinnati, Ohio's Make the Difference is two guys, named Justin and Josh, and a rotating cast of friends according to the liner notes. It doesn't ... read more

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Far From Finished – Living in the Fallout

Posted Oct. 8, 2007, 6:53 p.m.

Far From Finished – Living in the Fallout

There’s a big goddamn yellow sticker taking up most of the top half of this CD proclaiming that Far From Finished has been seen on ... read more

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Thieves and Assassins – Martyr Brigade

Posted Sept. 26, 2007, 1:49 p.m.

Thieves and Assassins – Martyr Brigade

Everything I get in for review goes through the same process. The first thing I do after I greedily rip into the manila envelope like ... read more

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Between the Wars – Death and the Sea

Posted Sept. 17, 2007, 2:45 p.m.

Between the Wars – Death and the Sea

Everyone has his or her favorite guitar virtuoso. For some it might be the finger-tapping charmer Eddie Van Halen or maybe they go way back ... read more

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Never Looking Back – Fragile Hearts

Posted Sept. 11, 2007, 8:17 p.m.

Never Looking Back – Fragile Hearts

Here we go again. Once again we have yet another young hardcore band, this time hailing from Tacoma, WA, playing overly sincere emotional overcharged hardcore. ... read more

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Under Pressure – Come Clean

Posted Sept. 5, 2007, 3:05 p.m.

Under Pressure – Come Clean

Winnipeg's Under Pressure is a dirty 80’s sounding hardcore band with a dude singing like he's trying to hold in his bong hit for the ... read more

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J Church / Flamingo 50 – Split

Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 1:02 a.m.

J Church / Flamingo 50 – Split

Oh J Church how I love you and your noisy simple pop-punk brilliance. And thank-you for doing a good cover of The Car's "Just What ... read more

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I Rise / Soul Control – Split

Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 1 a.m.

I Rise / Soul Control – Split

This split 7" features two of the most exciting hardcore bands that have been hitting the fest circuit this Summer. Soul Control sounds like 108 ... read more

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The Ergs! / Lemuria – Split

Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:57 a.m.

The Ergs! / Lemuria – Split

More of The Ergs for you. More pop-punk. More songs about girls and this time a rather decent cover of the 90's rock staple "Hey ... read more

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I Adapt – From Town to Town

Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:49 a.m.

I Adapt – From Town to Town

When I think of Iceland I don't think of hardcore bands. Actually, I don't think I ever thought about Iceland for anything musically besides Björk ... read more

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Attitude – Turn into Stone

Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:47 a.m.

Attitude – Turn into Stone

Turn into Stone is a new three-song platter from the upstate New York hardcore band. "Turn into Stone" has decent Supertouch type intro that busts ... read more

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Seasick – Awakenings

Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:43 a.m.

Seasick – Awakenings

Seasick play fast pissed off political hardcore with plenty of twists and turns to keep me interested. There are some nice little breakdowns and some ... read more

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Down to Nothing – The Most

Posted Sept. 2, 2007, 11:51 p.m.

Down to Nothing – The Most

Ryan Groat should be presented with some sort of award for the riffs he came up with on The Most, Down to Nothing’s third full-length ... read more

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Signs of Hope – First and Foremost

Posted Aug. 20, 2007, 3:38 p.m.

Signs of Hope – First and Foremost

It wasn't more than twenty-four hours from the time that I started typing up this review that I was having a conversation with a friend ... read more

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Cruel Hand – Without a Pulse

Posted Aug. 16, 2007, 12:19 a.m.

Cruel Hand – Without a Pulse

It's time to play the ex-member/members of game again. This time we have members and former members of the Maine hardcore unit, Outbreak. If I'm ... read more

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Every Second Counts – Every Second Counts

Posted Aug. 7, 2007, 2:39 p.m.

Every Second Counts – Every Second Counts

Here's a band from Southern California that I'm not familiar with, and for the style they play I find that odd. There hasn’t been any ... read more

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Holy Roman Empire – The Longue Durée

Posted Aug. 2, 2007, 8:34 p.m.

Holy Roman Empire – The Longue Durée

The first time I heard The Longue Durée was driving back from the Holy Roman Empire's record release party. I was lucky enough to accompany ... read more

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Hostages – Legend in my Head, Failure to the World

Posted July 31, 2007, 11:51 p.m.

Hostages – Legend in my Head, Failure to the World

Hailing from Philadelphia, Hostages play over-emotional guilt ridden hardcore in the version of American Nightmare, The Hope Conspiracy, Suicide File and other bands that once ... read more

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Everything Falls Apart – Escape

Posted July 31, 2007, 11:48 p.m.

Everything Falls Apart – Escape

Everything Falls Apart gets big ups and putting this seven-inch out all on their own. Six songs of semi-melodic 80's styled punk/hardcore with snotty vocals. ... read more

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Supreme Commander – 120 Years in the Business!

Posted July 31, 2007, 11:47 p.m.

Supreme Commander – 120 Years in the Business!

Fast rocking hardcore that sounds like it wants to be on the late 80's Epitaph back catalog. Extremely catchy, it makes me want to grab ... read more

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Kill Your Idols – Salmon Swim Upstream

Posted July 31, 2007, 11:44 p.m.

Kill Your Idols – Salmon Swim Upstream

I'm a little disappointed that this is the last release in the storied career of NY's Kill Your Idols. Maybe I'm sad to see them ... read more

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One Step Forward – Positive Thinking

Posted July 31, 2007, 11:42 p.m.

One Step Forward – Positive Thinking

Hey wow, great, albeit, generic 2000-era straightedge hardcore in the vein of Floorpunch, In My Eyes and Fastbreak before they wanted girlfriends. This EP is ... read more

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The Endless Blockade – The Endless Blockade

Posted July 31, 2007, 11:39 p.m.

The Endless Blockade – The Endless Blockade

The Endless Blockade are d-beat political hardcore from Toronto, Canada. They have one gruff singer and one yelper. It's heavy but generic as all hell. ... read more

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Get a Grip – Get a Grip

Posted July 31, 2007, 11:37 p.m.

Get a Grip – Get a Grip

Ah here we go, something a little more my style. Get a Grip play tough hardcore with a slight get-low feel coupled with the constant ... read more

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Giant Haystacks – The Rebirth of Our City

Posted July 31, 2007, 11:35 p.m.

Giant Haystacks – The Rebirth of Our City

Giant Haystacks play really jangly indie rock. It's like a mix of Minutemen with The Jam trying to play early R.E.M. songs. This is probably ... read more

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Issei Sagawa – All My Best Lovers Were Pre-Teens

Posted July 31, 2007, 11:31 p.m.

Issei Sagawa – All My Best Lovers Were Pre-Teens

Issei Sagawa is Flipper-inspired annoying punk rock that tries to offend right down to the full sized poster of the members of the band peeing ... read more

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Korova – If There is a Future

Posted July 31, 2007, 11:28 p.m.

Korova – If There is a Future

This 7" is a compilation of some demo tracks and live songs from this Birmingham, AL punk band that sounds like early hardcore/punk from California. ... read more

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Pyramid Scheme – What Will We Do Next?

Posted July 31, 2007, 11:26 p.m.

Pyramid Scheme – What Will We Do Next?

Pyramid Scheme play spazzy hardcore in the vein of, well, Spazz or maybe What Happens Next?. Completely not my thing and the vocals are making ... read more

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Caught in a Trap – Rats Get Fat

Posted July 25, 2007, 11:41 p.m.

Caught in a Trap – Rats Get Fat

Caught in a Trap are four, to a certain extent, hefty dudes with beards playing distinctive NYHC styled hardcore which really come as no surprise ... read more

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Step Forward – 10 Song EP

Posted July 8, 2007, 7:51 a.m.

Step Forward – 10 Song EP

I know it may be news to some people out there, but Mental broke edge. However, not all members did as Dance Floor Justin drums ... read more

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Soul Control – Soul Control

Posted July 8, 2007, 7:50 a.m.

Soul Control – Soul Control

Hardcore likes to recycle and reinvent itself about every decade, so yup, 90's hardcore is back. Soul Control sounds like every great 108 riff jammed ... read more

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Red Handed – Red Handed

Posted July 8, 2007, 7:49 a.m.

Red Handed – Red Handed

Red Handed plays fast angry hardcore with pissed off lyrics about being pissed off about being pissed off. Red Handed isn't your regular emotional hardcore ... read more

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Meltdown – Demolition

Posted July 8, 2007, 7:49 a.m.

Meltdown – Demolition

Maybe the kids are just too young to remember, but back when hardcore bands were crossing over to metal and vice versa the hardcore kids ... read more

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Get the Most – Common Goals

Posted July 8, 2007, 7:48 a.m.

Get the Most – Common Goals

From the German label that has been specializing in generic youth-crew since the early 90's comes yet another five song 7" of finger pointing stage ... read more

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Fired Up – When the Lights Go Out

Posted July 8, 2007, 7:47 a.m.

Fired Up – When the Lights Go Out

Recently Youngblood Records expanded their roster by adding the metallic Iron Age and the Bad Brains influenced Lion of Judah but got back to what ... read more

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The Draft – Stop Wastin' My Time/Up All Night

Posted July 8, 2007, 7:47 a.m.

The Draft – Stop Wastin' My Time/Up All Night

As much as I have been disappointed with most of The Draft's output I really like this two song platter. "Stop Wastin' My Time" recalls ... read more

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Go it Alone – Histories

Posted June 21, 2007, 7:36 p.m.

Go it Alone – Histories

For the most part I tend to think of hardcore as the last bastion of true emotional outpouring for contemporary music. Hip hop and rap ... read more

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Full Contact / Heartbreak Kid – GNP Split Series Vol. 1

Posted June 18, 2007, 11:06 p.m.

Full Contact / Heartbreak Kid – GNP Split Series Vol. 1

Split CDs are never a good idea because you usually don't have any clue what's going on, especially when you have two bands that sound ... read more

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Achilles – Hospice

Posted June 6, 2007, 11:33 p.m.

Achilles – Hospice

People around here at Scene Point Blank like to joke and rib me about being the token melodic hardcore guy. It's all in jest and ... read more

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Chuck Ragan – Los Feliz

Posted May 23, 2007, 11:48 p.m.

Chuck Ragan – Los Feliz

Chuck Ragan used to play guitar in Hot Water Music, who happened to be one of my favorite bands of all time. He left Hot ... read more

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Lion of Judah – Universal Peace

Posted May 15, 2007, 3:36 p.m.

Lion of Judah – Universal Peace

Youngblood Records has always been a good consistent label that specialized is putting out albums by fast pissed off straightedge bands like Carry On, Far ... read more

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Champion – Different Directions | The Last Show

Posted May 3, 2007, 3:08 p.m.

Champion – Different Directions | The Last Show

I'm not going to lie; I was never the hugest fan of Champion. Actually, I think Champion's greatest achievement lies nine seconds within "Harrison and ... read more

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Olympia – Emergencies

Posted April 16, 2007, 3:17 p.m.

Olympia – Emergencies

Right now there are too many bands running around using descriptors like "post-hardcore" or "post-rock" that when you get around to hearing the band you ... read more

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The Storm – Relentless

Posted April 10, 2007, 9:02 p.m.

The Storm – Relentless

"I see the hate / It's coming down / Down like the rain." Thus begins the greatest song about rain and hate that has ever ... read more

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Inhale Exhale – The Lost, The Sick, The Sacred

Posted April 3, 2007, 10:45 p.m.

Inhale Exhale – The Lost, The Sick, The Sacred

The Lost, The Sick, The Sacred starts off with this atmospheric near dirge ditty that I thought I might have a Joy Division clone on ... read more

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Stars are Falling – The Consequence of Revenge

Posted March 26, 2007, 8:28 p.m.

Stars are Falling – The Consequence of Revenge

Sacramento's Stars are Falling are yet another in long line of bands coming out of California and inking a deal with Blood & Ink Records, ... read more

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xDeathstarx – We are the Threat

Posted March 20, 2007, 5:08 p.m.

xDeathstarx – We are the Threat

Maybe I am the only one that can see the irony in a Christian straightedge band having a song called "The Great Opiate" since organized ... read more

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Secondhand Serenade – Awake

Posted March 13, 2007, 4:45 p.m.

Secondhand Serenade – Awake

It wasn't long ago that a bushy eyebrowed, full-sleeved tattoo sportin' Christian by the name of Chris Carrabba left his rock band, Further Seems Forever, ... read more

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When We Fall – A Cry in Despair

Posted March 6, 2007, 4:17 p.m.

When We Fall – A Cry in Despair

Most of the materials I get in for review usually goes on at least one bus ride with me. It's the perfect time for me ... read more

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In the Face of War – We Make Our Own Luck

Posted March 1, 2007, 8:51 p.m.

In the Face of War – We Make Our Own Luck

I remember this band; a few years ago I picked up Live Forever or Die Trying with false promises of sweet melodic hardcore. We all ... read more

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Years from Now – We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

Posted Feb. 25, 2007, 11:56 p.m.

Years from Now – We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

I have to admit, Years from Now do shed a tiny bit of warm sunlight into the dank black empty soul of this jaded hardcore ... read more

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Lifetime – Lifetime

Posted Feb. 18, 2007, 2:39 p.m.

Lifetime – Lifetime

Alright, I'm just going to come out and say it. I've been battling an evil demon inside myself that's been eating its way through my ... read more

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On Three – No More Excuses

Posted Feb. 12, 2007, 2:26 p.m.

On Three – No More Excuses

I hate to pigeonhole myself as the token fast hardcore reviewer at Scene Point Blank but I just can't help myself when Michael lists off ... read more

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Wait in Vain – Demo

Posted Feb. 1, 2007, 12:50 a.m.

Wait in Vain – Demo

Wait in Vain was a band that featured ex-members of Trial and Champion who released a four-song demo back in 2005. A substantial buzz grew ... read more

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No Turning Back – Holding On

Posted Jan. 22, 2007, 3:25 p.m.

No Turning Back – Holding On

I don't know exactly when it happened - it was probably in the 90's- but you don't need to be from New York anymore to ... read more

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Defiant Voice – I'd Rather Sleep in the Dirt

Posted Jan. 15, 2007, 11:38 p.m.

Defiant Voice – I'd Rather Sleep in the Dirt

Both fellow Scene Point Blank scribes Michael and Zed said that I would be fully into this five piece hardcore ensemble from Sacramento, California. I ... read more

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Live for Today – Taking it Back

Posted Dec. 25, 2006, 8:55 p.m.

Live for Today – Taking it Back

No pun intended, but good Lord, how gosh darn posi can one band be? I know straightedge hardcore is supposed to be a positive outlook ... read more

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Lifetime – 2 Songs

Posted Dec. 18, 2006, 1:44 p.m.

Lifetime – 2 Songs

Everyone into hardcore over the age of twenty-five reeled in shock and horror when they found that the newly reunited Lifetime had signed with Decaydance ... read more

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Agent – I Wouldn't Trade That for Anything

Posted Dec. 5, 2006, 4:17 p.m.

Agent – I Wouldn't Trade That for Anything

I know many of you out there don't remember the grunge explosion of the early to middle 90's. After Nirvana's "sudden" success, major labels swooped ... read more

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Rally the Fray – To Never Live in Denial

Posted Nov. 27, 2006, 1:01 a.m.

Rally the Fray – To Never Live in Denial

I don't know about anyone else but when I get a new album I don't listen to it right away at first. I usually check ... read more

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Looking Up – Looking Up

Posted Nov. 20, 2006, 4:20 p.m.

Looking Up – Looking Up

Your mom probably told you one or two billion times in your life that you should never judge a book by its cover. She also ... read more

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Vitality! – Introspection

Posted Nov. 9, 2006, 2:09 p.m.

Vitality! – Introspection

1988 has been heralded as the halcyon days of youth-crew hardcore. All the bands were posi and all the bands were...good? Okay let's not push ... read more

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Count the Hours – We Don't Care

Posted Nov. 5, 2006, 10:56 p.m.

Count the Hours – We Don't Care

I think this is the type of hardcore that the kids with camo shorts and black running shoes are calling "amazingcore." There is a new ... read more

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Across Five Aprils – Collapse

Posted Oct. 26, 2006, 1:32 a.m.

Across Five Aprils – Collapse

December 14, 1999: Poison the Well's Opposite of December was re-released and marked the end of metallic hardcore as everyone before it. Before "Nerdy" made ... read more

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Samiam – Whatever's Got You Down

Posted Oct. 16, 2006, 3:25 p.m.

Samiam – Whatever's Got You Down

Samiam have been around since the birth of time, big in Europe, and just happen to be one of my favorite bands ever. They did ... read more

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The Distance – The Rise, the Fall, and Everything in Between

Posted Sept. 27, 2006, 3:20 p.m.

The Distance – The Rise, the Fall, and Everything in Between

I like to look at pretty girls. It's easy for me; I live near a college and work at a gas station right next door ... read more

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Latterman – ...We are Still Alive

Posted Sept. 19, 2006, 3:12 p.m.

Latterman – ...We are Still Alive

I haven't paid much attention to anything that Deep Elm has put out since Emo Diaries Volume #5. I always thought this label's marketing of ... read more

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Learn – Life and...

Posted Sept. 6, 2006, 10:46 p.m.

Learn – Life and...

If we at Scene Point Blank believed in short reviews I could easily wrap this up by saying, "More sweet hardcore with great breakdowns from ... read more

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Right On – Reality Vacation

Posted Aug. 28, 2006, 3:49 p.m.

Right On – Reality Vacation

There are a grand total of twenty-four tracks on Reality Vacation, that's a lot of hardcore. However, like most bands on Malfunction their first release ... read more

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Armalite – Armalite

Posted Aug. 22, 2006, 2:49 p.m.

Armalite – Armalite

I have never been a huge fan of Atom Goren's past projects. Whether it was his sloppy but albeit fun pop-punk outfit, Fracture, whom existed ... read more

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The Scare – Snakes Among Saints

Posted Aug. 16, 2006, 5:26 p.m.

The Scare – Snakes Among Saints

Not many people remember DC melodic hardcore band Affront, whom has the dubious distinction of being one of three bands (J Page and 3 Inches ... read more

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Bombshell – To Hell with Motives

Posted Aug. 10, 2006, 4:10 p.m.

Bombshell – To Hell with Motives

It's never really a good sign when the first thing that pops into my head when I listen to To Hell with Motives is "ugh." ... read more

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Capital – Signal Corps

Posted Aug. 7, 2006, 4:01 p.m.

Capital – Signal Corps

Finally, Tom Corrigan has come back to his roots and fronts Long Island hardcore unit, Capital. I'm sure the name Tom Corrigan isn't the most ... read more

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Maximum Penalty – Demo '89 & East Side Story EP

Posted July 29, 2006, 3:37 p.m.

Maximum Penalty – Demo '89 & East Side Story EP

By the end of the 1980's New York City youth-crew was in its final days and tougher, fatter, metal-laced hardcore bands were ruling the Sunday ... read more

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Attitude – We All Go Down Together

Posted July 20, 2006, 12:50 a.m.

Attitude – We All Go Down Together

Any band that has a song called "Gets **** Started" and has not one or two, but three pictures of their guitar player doing posi-jumps ... read more

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Outbreak – Failure

Posted July 12, 2006, 8:45 p.m.

Outbreak – Failure

The first time I saw Outbreak was at the "last" Suicide File show at the ICC Church in Boston during the baseball playoffs of '03. ... read more

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Invade – Invade

Posted July 2, 2006, 2:36 p.m.

Invade – Invade

My roommate likes to call early 90's hardcore "The Dark Ages of Hardcore" with its metal influences, all the way to the left neo-hippie politics, ... read more

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The Killer – Better Judged by Twelve than Carried by Six (Reissue)

Posted June 27, 2006, 1:55 p.m.

The Killer – Better Judged by Twelve than Carried by Six (Reissue)

If Myspace, YouTube, and various messegeboards have shown me anything in 2006, it is that kids love to mosh. From videos of kids moshing in ... read more

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The First Step – What We Know

Posted June 18, 2006, 2:53 p.m.

The First Step – What We Know

Almost ten years ago the California hardcore band Chain of Strength asked, "Has the edge gone dull?" The edge hasn't lost any of it's sharpness ... read more

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Banner Pilot – Pass the Poison

Posted June 6, 2006, 8:20 a.m.

Banner Pilot – Pass the Poison

For anyone who is not from the Upper Midwest, the first thing they will think about when it comes to the climate is how freaking ... read more

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The Lovely Lads – The Best You've Got

Posted May 24, 2006, 1:09 p.m.

The Lovely Lads – The Best You've Got

The Lovely Lads score some major points with me right away by using Pulp Fiction themed artwork in their layout for The Best You've Got. ... read more

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Gracer – Voices Travel

Posted May 14, 2006, 11:10 p.m.

Gracer – Voices Travel

I feel sorry for emo kids these days. Rather than being a certain clique that listens to a certain type of music they have become ... read more

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The Sainte Catherines – Dancing for Decadence

Posted April 24, 2006, 4:31 p.m.

The Sainte Catherines – Dancing for Decadence

D-Beat hardcore is becoming a quite liked genre even outside of the shower-once-a-month hardcore cretins. Hell even one those little pukes in From First to ... read more

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New Bruises – Transmit! Transmit!

Posted April 5, 2006, 7:38 a.m.

New Bruises – Transmit! Transmit!

I don't think there's anyone on Scene Point Blank's staff that remembers Mid Carson July besides me and maybe Bob, but I'm grasping at straws ... read more

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Lifetime – Somewhere in the Swamps of Jersey

Posted March 27, 2006, 12:59 p.m.

Lifetime – Somewhere in the Swamps of Jersey

Somewhere in the Swamps of Jersey is a two-disc set of everything Lifetime released besides Hello Bastards and Jerseys Best Dancers. It's awesome to have ... read more

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Counting the Days – Finding a Balance

Posted March 19, 2006, 9:16 a.m.

Counting the Days – Finding a Balance

Sometimes I make mistakes. When I was in kindergarten I crossed in the middle of the street and was promptly hit by car. In the ... read more

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The Loved Ones – Keep Your Heart

Posted March 5, 2006, 11:58 a.m.

The Loved Ones – Keep Your Heart

It's 2:11am on Friday morning and I'm sitting in my room in my boxers eating Frito Scoops and realizing that I am disastrously single. So ... read more

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Bitter End – Mind in Chains

Posted Feb. 19, 2006, 10:18 p.m.

Bitter End – Mind in Chains

Bitter End is a five piece hardcore band from Helotes, Texas of all places. Helotes is a smaller city that is just northeast of San ... read more

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Good Clean Fun – Between Christian Rock and a Hard Place

Posted Feb. 6, 2006, 11:42 a.m.

Good Clean Fun – Between Christian Rock and a Hard Place

I can't think of one person out there that doesn't like to laugh. However, not everyone likes to laugh at the same things. Some people ... read more

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On the Outside – Tragic Endings

Posted Jan. 30, 2006, 11:15 a.m.

On the Outside – Tragic Endings

No Warning officially called it quits in late 2005, but for most of us, the band died when this photograph surfaced. I figured No Warning ... read more

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Struckdown – Revolution

Posted Jan. 22, 2006, 9:36 a.m.

Struckdown – Revolution

I hate one-sheets. In case you are not as media savvy as everyone else, a one-sheet is a sheet of paper that labels send out ... read more

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Blacklisted – ...The Beat Goes On

Posted Dec. 20, 2005, 11:03 a.m.

Blacklisted – ...The Beat Goes On

Despair, anger, and doubt are all located on the polar opposite side of happiness and are never a joy to experience in one's life. These ... read more

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Unearth – Our Days of Eulogy

Posted Dec. 6, 2005, 12:38 a.m.

Unearth – Our Days of Eulogy

I really don't know what came over me. There I was sitting on the bus on my way to work when I slid in Unearth's ... read more

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With Honor – This is Our Revenge

Posted Nov. 21, 2005, 12:13 p.m.

With Honor – This is Our Revenge

I have a boom box where you load the CD's on the top, so when I put in This is Our Revenge into my kickin' ... read more

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Anchorage / Lies in the Effort – Split

Posted Nov. 8, 2005, 7:45 p.m.

Anchorage / Lies in the Effort – Split

I don't like split releases. They annoy me because I would rather hear an EP by the two separate bands to digest it completely before ... read more

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Kill Your Idols – Live at CBGB's

Posted Oct. 27, 2005, 6:25 p.m.

Kill Your Idols – Live at CBGB's

I'm a fan of Kill Your Idols, hell I rock their hoodie every cold day in myriad of cold days that I endure in the ... read more

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Twenty Four Hours to Live – We're All Loudmouths

Posted Oct. 17, 2005, 11:32 p.m.

Twenty Four Hours to Live – We're All Loudmouths

Surprise Attack Records and I have never had a good relationship. There isn't any sort of beef between us or anything, it's just I always ... read more

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Of Faith and Fire – Battleborn

Posted Oct. 6, 2005, 3:45 a.m.

Of Faith and Fire – Battleborn

Nevada is one of the last states I think of when it comes to hardcore. This is odd because the state produced one of hardcore's ... read more

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Various Artists – Generations: A Hardcore Compilation

Posted Sept. 16, 2005, 10:50 p.m.

Various Artists – Generations: A Hardcore Compilation

I turned 31 about a month ago and at my age a person tends to finally want to "grow up" and get out of hardcore. ... read more

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Holy Roman Empire – Lost in Landscapes

Posted Sept. 10, 2005, 4 p.m.

Holy Roman Empire – Lost in Landscapes

Do you remember Ashes? Junction? Hell, even Samuel for that matter? Have your ears ever had the chance to listen to Beta Minus Mechanic? Copper? ... read more

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Small Towns Burn a Little Slower – Mortality as Home Entertainment

Posted Aug. 15, 2005, 10:46 a.m.

Small Towns Burn a Little Slower – Mortality as Home Entertainment

I once spent a month sleeping in a cramped, musty basement that doubled as a practice space for Small Towns Burn a Little Slower. They ... read more

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