Posted Nov. 18, 2012, 4:28 a.m.
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
Posted Dec. 13, 2010, 1:10 p.m.
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
Posted Dec. 6, 2010, 12:24 p.m.
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
Posted Dec. 6, 2010, 12:21 p.m.
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
Posted Dec. 6, 2010, 12:18 p.m.
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
Posted Dec. 6, 2010, 12:16 p.m.
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
Posted Dec. 6, 2010, 12:16 p.m.
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
Posted Nov. 22, 2010, 11:14 a.m.
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
Posted Nov. 22, 2010, 11:12 a.m.
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
Posted Feb. 1, 2010, 3:16 a.m.
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
Posted Dec. 16, 2009, 1:46 a.m.
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
Posted Dec. 15, 2009, 3:09 a.m.
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
Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:48 a.m.
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
Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:46 a.m.
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
Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:44 a.m.
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
Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:39 a.m.
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
Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:22 a.m.
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
Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:20 a.m.
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
Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:17 a.m.
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
Posted Dec. 10, 2009, 7:14 a.m.
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
Posted Dec. 1, 2009, 3:57 p.m.
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
Posted Nov. 15, 2009, 8:01 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 22, 2009, 2:14 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 22, 2009, 2:12 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 22, 2009, 2:11 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 22, 2009, 2:09 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 22, 2009, 2:03 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 8, 2009, 12:32 a.m.
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
Posted Oct. 6, 2009, 12:49 a.m.
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
Posted Oct. 6, 2009, 12:47 a.m.
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
Posted Oct. 6, 2009, 12:45 a.m.
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
Posted Sept. 30, 2009, 7:26 p.m.
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
Posted Sept. 28, 2009, 2:07 a.m.
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
Posted Sept. 24, 2009, 5:51 a.m.
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
Posted Sept. 21, 2009, 1:31 a.m.
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
Posted Sept. 14, 2009, 11:19 p.m.
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
Posted Aug. 7, 2009, 1:09 a.m.
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
Posted July 27, 2009, 12:48 a.m.
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
Posted June 30, 2009, 4:51 a.m.
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
Posted June 18, 2009, 11:37 p.m.
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
Posted June 8, 2009, 12:32 a.m.
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
Posted May 27, 2009, 1:16 a.m.
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
Posted May 27, 2009, 1:12 a.m.
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
Posted May 14, 2009, 7:05 a.m.
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
Posted May 11, 2009, 12:29 a.m.
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
Posted April 27, 2009, 9:50 a.m.
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
Posted March 18, 2009, 2:07 a.m.
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
Posted March 16, 2009, 3:11 a.m.
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
Posted Feb. 18, 2009, 12:16 a.m.
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
Posted Feb. 11, 2009, 1:33 a.m.
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
Posted Feb. 11, 2009, 1:27 a.m.
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
Posted Feb. 3, 2009, 11:42 p.m.
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
Posted Dec. 28, 2008, 11:50 p.m.
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
Posted Dec. 21, 2008, 2:52 p.m.
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
Posted Dec. 10, 2008, 11:14 p.m.
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
Posted Nov. 25, 2008, 9:05 p.m.
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
Posted Nov. 17, 2008, 10:58 p.m.
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
Posted Nov. 11, 2008, 12:20 a.m.
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
Posted Nov. 9, 2008, 12:01 p.m.
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
Posted Nov. 5, 2008, 10:25 a.m.
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
Posted Oct. 28, 2008, 10:10 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 6, 2008, 11:27 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 6, 2008, 11:23 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 6, 2008, 11:20 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 6, 2008, 11:17 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 6, 2008, 11:13 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 6, 2008, 11:09 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 6, 2008, 11:07 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 6, 2008, 11:02 p.m.
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
Posted Sept. 22, 2008, 8:43 p.m.
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
Posted Sept. 16, 2008, 9:13 p.m.
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
Posted Sept. 3, 2008, 9:11 p.m.
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
Posted Aug. 6, 2008, 12:44 a.m.
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
Posted July 15, 2008, 8:32 p.m.
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
Posted July 7, 2008, 12:05 a.m.
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
Posted July 6, 2008, 11:58 p.m.
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
Posted June 30, 2008, 10:15 p.m.
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
Posted June 4, 2008, 11 p.m.
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
Posted May 27, 2008, 7:55 p.m.
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
Posted May 26, 2008, 5:30 p.m.
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
Posted May 26, 2008, 5:27 p.m.
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
Posted May 26, 2008, 5:23 p.m.
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
Posted May 19, 2008, 7:35 p.m.
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
Posted May 10, 2008, 3:12 a.m.
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
Posted May 10, 2008, 3:10 a.m.
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
Posted May 10, 2008, 3:07 a.m.
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
Posted May 8, 2008, 1:07 p.m.
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
Posted May 6, 2008, 4 p.m.
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
Posted May 4, 2008, 7:57 p.m.
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
Posted April 30, 2008, 4:39 p.m.
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
Posted April 16, 2008, 12:34 a.m.
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
Posted April 7, 2008, 12:17 a.m.
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
Posted March 25, 2008, 2:29 a.m.
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
Posted Feb. 28, 2008, 10:14 p.m.
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
Posted Feb. 20, 2008, 4:05 p.m.
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
Posted Feb. 14, 2008, 1:41 a.m.
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
Posted Feb. 14, 2008, 1:37 a.m.
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
Posted Feb. 5, 2008, 6:33 a.m.
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
Posted Jan. 1, 2008, 8:25 p.m.
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
Posted Dec. 27, 2007, 8:22 p.m.
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
Posted Dec. 20, 2007, 7:39 p.m.
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
Posted Dec. 16, 2007, 11:59 p.m.
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
Posted Dec. 12, 2007, 2:58 p.m.
Don't you just hate it when an album, or in this case an EP, is marred by one or two horrible tracks? Connecticuts Make Do ... read more
Posted Dec. 8, 2007, 4:07 a.m.
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
Posted Dec. 8, 2007, 4:03 a.m.
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
Posted Dec. 8, 2007, 3:59 a.m.
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
Posted Dec. 8, 2007, 3:56 a.m.
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
Posted Dec. 8, 2007, 3:52 a.m.
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
Posted Nov. 14, 2007, 2:11 a.m.
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
Posted Nov. 8, 2007, 2:23 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 29, 2007, 6:43 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 29, 2007, 6:40 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 29, 2007, 6:37 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 29, 2007, 6:31 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 29, 2007, 6:28 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 29, 2007, 6:25 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 18, 2007, 11:26 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 8, 2007, 6:53 p.m.
Theres 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
Posted Sept. 17, 2007, 2:45 p.m.
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
Posted Sept. 11, 2007, 8:17 p.m.
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
Posted Sept. 5, 2007, 3:05 p.m.
Winnipeg's Under Pressure is a dirty 80s sounding hardcore band with a dude singing like he's trying to hold in his bong hit for the ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 1:02 a.m.
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
Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 1 a.m.
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
Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:49 a.m.
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
Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:47 a.m.
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
Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:43 a.m.
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
Posted Sept. 2, 2007, 11:51 p.m.
Ryan Groat should be presented with some sort of award for the riffs he came up with on The Most, Down to Nothings third full-length ... read more
Posted Aug. 20, 2007, 3:38 p.m.
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
Posted Aug. 7, 2007, 2:39 p.m.
Here's a band from Southern California that I'm not familiar with, and for the style they play I find that odd. There hasnt been any ... read more
Posted Aug. 2, 2007, 8:34 p.m.
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
Posted July 31, 2007, 11:51 p.m.
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
Posted July 31, 2007, 11:48 p.m.
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
Posted July 31, 2007, 11:47 p.m.
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
Posted July 31, 2007, 11:42 p.m.
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
Posted July 31, 2007, 11:39 p.m.
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
Posted July 31, 2007, 11:37 p.m.
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
Posted July 31, 2007, 11:35 p.m.
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
Posted July 31, 2007, 11:31 p.m.
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
Posted July 31, 2007, 11:26 p.m.
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
Posted July 25, 2007, 11:41 p.m.
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
Posted July 8, 2007, 7:51 a.m.
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
Posted July 8, 2007, 7:50 a.m.
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
Posted July 8, 2007, 7:49 a.m.
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
Posted July 8, 2007, 7:48 a.m.
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
Posted July 8, 2007, 7:47 a.m.
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
Posted July 8, 2007, 7:47 a.m.
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
Posted June 21, 2007, 7:36 p.m.
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
Posted June 18, 2007, 11:06 p.m.
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
Posted May 23, 2007, 11:48 p.m.
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
Posted May 15, 2007, 3:36 p.m.
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
Posted May 3, 2007, 3:08 p.m.
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
Posted April 16, 2007, 3:17 p.m.
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
Posted April 10, 2007, 9:02 p.m.
"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
Posted March 26, 2007, 8:28 p.m.
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
Posted March 20, 2007, 5:08 p.m.
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
Posted March 13, 2007, 4:45 p.m.
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
Posted March 6, 2007, 4:17 p.m.
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
Posted March 1, 2007, 8:51 p.m.
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
Posted Feb. 18, 2007, 2:39 p.m.
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
Posted Feb. 12, 2007, 2:26 p.m.
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
Posted Feb. 1, 2007, 12:50 a.m.
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
Posted Jan. 22, 2007, 3:25 p.m.
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
Posted Jan. 15, 2007, 11:38 p.m.
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
Posted Dec. 18, 2006, 1:44 p.m.
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
Posted Dec. 5, 2006, 4:17 p.m.
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
Posted Nov. 27, 2006, 1:01 a.m.
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
Posted Nov. 20, 2006, 4:20 p.m.
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
Posted Nov. 9, 2006, 2:09 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 26, 2006, 1:32 a.m.
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
Posted Oct. 16, 2006, 3:25 p.m.
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
Posted Sept. 27, 2006, 3:20 p.m.
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
Posted Sept. 19, 2006, 3:12 p.m.
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
Posted Sept. 6, 2006, 10:46 p.m.
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
Posted Aug. 22, 2006, 2:49 p.m.
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
Posted Aug. 16, 2006, 5:26 p.m.
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
Posted Aug. 10, 2006, 4:10 p.m.
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
Posted Aug. 7, 2006, 4:01 p.m.
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
Posted July 29, 2006, 3:37 p.m.
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
Posted July 12, 2006, 8:45 p.m.
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
Posted July 2, 2006, 2:36 p.m.
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
Posted June 27, 2006, 1:55 p.m.
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
Posted June 18, 2006, 2:53 p.m.
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
Posted June 6, 2006, 8:20 a.m.
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
Posted May 14, 2006, 11:10 p.m.
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
Posted April 24, 2006, 4:31 p.m.
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
Posted April 5, 2006, 7:38 a.m.
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
Posted March 27, 2006, 12:59 p.m.
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
Posted March 19, 2006, 9:16 a.m.
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
Posted Feb. 19, 2006, 10:18 p.m.
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
Posted Feb. 6, 2006, 11:42 a.m.
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
Posted Jan. 30, 2006, 11:15 a.m.
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
Posted Jan. 22, 2006, 9:36 a.m.
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
Posted Dec. 20, 2005, 11:03 a.m.
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
Posted Nov. 21, 2005, 12:13 p.m.
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
Posted Nov. 8, 2005, 7:45 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 27, 2005, 6:25 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 17, 2005, 11:32 p.m.
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
Posted Oct. 6, 2005, 3:45 a.m.
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
Posted Sept. 16, 2005, 10:50 p.m.
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
Posted Sept. 10, 2005, 4 p.m.
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
Posted Aug. 15, 2005, 10:46 a.m.
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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