Posted Dec. 4, 2017, 5:39 p.m.
Oh man, haven’t heard Long Knife’s name called in a long time. You can choose to split pubic hairs over whether they’re back or still here, ... read more
Posted Nov. 27, 2017, 7:29 p.m.
Fried Egg is hardcore punk band from Central Virginia. They rule. But that’s not important. What’s important is that I can’t possibly listen to a ... read more
Posted Nov. 21, 2017, 11:19 a.m.
Oh Jesus Christ fuck yeah! It’s been a minute since I checked in on Scandi-core, a genre that at one time ruled my turntable. These ... read more
Posted Sept. 11, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
More killer punk from everybody’s favorite French Oi! perfectionists. Baptême Du Feu (which translates to Baptism by Fire) is the third Rixe 7” now and they show no ... read more
Posted April 24, 2017, 6:48 p.m.
After making some waves around ye olden DIY hardcore scene circa 2014, these Toronto-ians took a little hiatus from recorded output (sans a couple live ... read more
Posted May 2, 2016, 8:46 p.m.
Five song ripper from this quartet out of Maine. If the cover art is any indication these guys wear a lot of Nike. A cartoonish ... read more
Posted Dec. 14, 2015, 8:21 a.m.
Nice little split 7” here from Dead Tank that I’ve admittedly been sitting on way too long. Technically this is a 2014 release, although I ... read more
Posted Nov. 16, 2015, 6:27 p.m.
This is the second 7” from this new-ish congruence of Richmond, VA old-timers. The band flexes a pedigree that includes Wasted Time, Government Warning, Direct ... read more
Posted Nov. 9, 2015, 5:46 p.m.
Every so often I go through a phase where I’m listening to a lot of pre-Independent Wormhole Saloon era Butthole Surfers. Such was the case ... read more
Posted Oct. 26, 2015, 10:19 p.m.
This is a cool tape sent in by Mr. Food Fortunata, the fine gentleman behind the always enjoyable and reliable Saginaw, MI-based publication Ear of ... read more
Posted Oct. 5, 2015, 11:37 p.m.
Before I heard this I didn’t know a lot about this band other than that they were definitely not the indie-pop trio of the same ... read more
Posted Aug. 31, 2015, 10:59 p.m.
I incorrectly said this band was from North Carolina when I talked about their last record, when in fact they’re from Chicago. So I’d like ... read more
Posted Aug. 17, 2015, 11:04 p.m.
Well this was bound to happen. With so many hardcore acts flirting with Oi! for the last few years it’s not surprising that somebody finally ... read more
Posted Aug. 10, 2015, 6:50 p.m.
I've been meaning to check out this Austin, TX-based band for quite some time now (they’ve been active since 2009) but for whatever reason I’ve ... read more
Posted Aug. 3, 2015, 8:09 p.m.
This is some of that rhythmic punk that's making the rounds lately. Kind of like Dawn of Humans (with whom they are currently label mates) ... read more
Posted June 1, 2015, 9:26 p.m.
Similar to how Sorry State, Vinyl Rites, Lengua Armada, or Katorga Works do here in the US, Hackney, London-based record label La Vida Es Un ... read more
Posted May 18, 2015, 8:11 a.m.
“You have been wasted. You have been taken for a ride.” That line from the title track of the new Dark Ages LP accurately sums ... read more
Posted May 11, 2015, 8:31 a.m.
In this current age of ‘80s hardcore worship overload, it’s refreshing when something this original comes along, even if said originality is the result of ... read more
Posted Feb. 16, 2015, 8:21 a.m.
Over the course of their last few records these Minneapolis crust punk stalwarts have really honed their metal chops. I’ll do my best to avoid ... read more
Posted Oct. 20, 2014, 7:46 p.m.
Beast is the latest 7” vinyl release from Oakland’s hardcore punk band Replica. It's the first I’ve heard of them since their 2012 demo cassette, ... read more
Posted Sept. 8, 2014, 11:33 p.m.
Surpercrush is the newish Vancouver, British Columbia-based band from Mark Palm, a dude most known for playing in a long ancestry of punk/HC and metal ... read more
Posted Sept. 1, 2014, 10:42 p.m.
Padkarosda is a three piece punk band from Hungary. Szabadulásom M?vészete (translated as Art Of My Liberation) is their second full-length release. Recorded in Budapest ... read more
Posted Aug. 25, 2014, 9:49 p.m.
I must admit, before I sat down to watch this I wasn't exactly excited to listen to Circle Jerks vocalist Keith Morris talk about punk ... read more
Posted Aug. 18, 2014, 8:48 p.m.
Wrong Side of History is the debut 7” by Chicago upstarts Earth Girls. This piece of weighty green wax (via Grave Mistake in the United States) ... read more
Posted Aug. 4, 2014, 11:50 p.m.
Total Funeral is the entire anthology-to-date of Electric Funeral, the one-man Swedish raw punk hobbyhorse manned by Jocke D-Takt. And holy crap is it ever unnecessary. ... read more
Posted May 19, 2014, 8:43 p.m.
WAR//PLAGUE always come a little different each time out. Primal is their fifth release (and the seventh single in the Profane Existence Single Series) and one that shows ... read more
Posted April 21, 2014, 10:45 p.m.
Here’s some D-beaten hardcore out of New Haven, Connecticut. Seven songs that average two and a half minutes, which is the goddamn perfect length for ... read more
Posted March 31, 2014, 8:01 p.m.
Raging, fast, poignant, and so on; any number of commonly used hardcore band descriptors would be apropos when talking about the sonic onslaught of Oxnard, ... read more
Posted March 3, 2014, 10:10 p.m.
Following a buzz-worthy 7” and string of shows around Pacific Northwest alongside the likes of The Spits, White Lung,OFF!, and High on Fire, Seattle's Deadkill have released ... read more
Posted Feb. 24, 2014, 8:29 p.m.
Acid Fast play really angst-y yet bouncy punk rock that is rooted as deeply in the Midwest sound as it is the Pacific Northwest. But ... read more
Posted Jan. 28, 2014, 12:47 a.m.
Following a couple of excellent 7”s, the confusingly-titled Macrocosm is a Wash is the first full-length LP from this Minneapolis foursome. Spun from the same Mecca-like breeding ... read more
Posted Jan. 20, 2014, 7:53 p.m.
I feel like there are a million punk records named No Way Out, but I don’t really care because it’s one of those commonalities that makes punk ... read more
Posted Dec. 30, 2013, 6:56 p.m.
In what amounts as no surprise whatsoever, the Profane Existence Single Series just keeps on delivering the goods.Broken Waves is the sixth P.E.S.S. release now and comes via ... read more
Posted Dec. 2, 2013, 10:55 p.m.
I nearly died one night in the kitchen of Mexican restaurant I was cooking at. When it came time to clean up the floors at ... read more
Posted Dec. 2, 2013, 10:40 p.m.
This is weirdo garage punk with some surf and new wave-y parts from Nashville, TN. Hard to tell if Useless Eaters are playing guitars that ... read more
Posted Nov. 20, 2013, 8:06 a.m.
No Peace is the debut LP by Charlottesville, NC’s Nö Pöwer. There are subtle elements of garage and psych at play here but it’s primarily raging ... read more
Posted Oct. 15, 2013, 12:40 a.m.
Deadly Reign is a three-piece punk unit based in Austin, TX. They are a fairly new band (not to be confused with the ‘80s Cali ... read more
Posted Sept. 16, 2013, 11:06 p.m.
SpokAnarchy! is a feature-length documentary about the punk rock and new wave movement that took place in Spokane, WA during the ‘80s. Even if you're unfamiliar ... read more
Posted Aug. 19, 2013, 11:03 p.m.
The gods of weird have unearthed yet another obscure group of misfits and re-unleashed them upon those of us that zealously engross ourselves in all ... read more
Posted July 23, 2013, 12:20 a.m.
The fourth inclusion in the Profane Existence Single Series arrives via Minneapolis, MN's Rifle Diet, a band comprised of former members of Garmonbozia and In Defence. Up until 2011 the ... read more
Posted June 24, 2013, 10:41 p.m.
After nearly everyone has finally stopped paying attention, the Bouncing Souls put out a new album. And holy shit is it ever underwhelming. But you ... read more
Posted June 4, 2013, 12:29 a.m.
I have to be honest here. A band named after a professional wrestler, no matter what they sound like, is going to tug at my ... read more
Posted May 20, 2013, 9:55 p.m.
If you had asked me two years ago if I’d rather hear another Wartorn song or be kicked in the crotch by a Clydesdale that’s ... read more
Posted April 23, 2013, 12:06 a.m.
Beautiful Death Machine is the eighth studio album by the Vancouver, British Columbia rap group, Swollen Members. I must admit, up until recently I hadn’t paid ... read more
Posted April 22, 2013, 11:58 p.m.
Upon initial listen, this came across as the kind of sloppy folk punk that I’d likely be annoyed by if there was a male singer. ... read more
Posted March 25, 2013, 11:38 p.m.
Revisiting a collaboration that first appeared on the title track of Speaking Real Words, the debut EP by 7L & Esoteric, the Beantown duo has teamed ... read more
Posted March 19, 2013, 1:13 a.m.
The second transmission of the Profane Existence Limited Edition Single Series—a subscription service that delivers seven inches of brand new vinyl to your doorstep every month—is ... read more
Posted Feb. 26, 2013, 12:12 a.m.
It’s been a little over two years since Savannah, GA’s beastly crew of psychedelic-hardcore-crust-punk-sludge-metal purveyors Kylesa have released their last full-length record, Spiral Shadow. While the band ... read more
Posted Feb. 19, 2013, 12:59 a.m.
Profane Existence kicks off their Limited Edition Single Series—a subscription service that delivers a new 7” each month—with The World Is Ours, a brand new EP by ... read more
Posted Jan. 21, 2013, 3:41 p.m.
The histories of both Buckshot and 9th Wonder in the rap game are long and storied. Buckshot’s tenure started in the early ‘90s as member ... read more
Posted Nov. 27, 2012, 12:38 a.m.
Vandalism. You know the feeling you get right before it happens? The moment you grip it in your hand; arm above your head and cocked ... read more
Posted Nov. 19, 2012, 3:58 p.m.
Over a decade in the rap game, Vinnie Paz has been a pillar of the independent scene as the front man of Jedi Mind Tricks ... read more
Posted Oct. 29, 2012, 1:51 p.m.
After a few years of releasing mixtapes and collaborative projects, Brooklyn emcee Skyzoo returns with his second official solo effort, A Dream Deferred. The album ... read more
Posted Oct. 22, 2012, 11:43 a.m.
Minneapolis’ scene veterans WAR//PLAGUE have finally released their debut full-length LP On A Darker Dawn on Profane Existence Records. The recipe first displayed on their ... read more
Posted Oct. 8, 2012, 12:49 p.m.
A while back I caught Oiltanker in the midst of the second day of Midwest Hell Fest—a one-off weekend crust punk festival that was happening ... read more
Posted Sept. 5, 2012, 8:43 a.m.
Whether it is rap music, hardcore or pop punk, it seems the ‘90s are forcing their way back into our unsuspecting eardrums thanks to a ... read more
Posted Aug. 20, 2012, 1 p.m.
Taking Reks’ past few years of productivity into account—dating back to 2008’s applauded Grey Hairs and last year’s R.E.K.S, a record that earned him a ... read more
Posted July 23, 2012, 1:44 p.m.
In 1988 Dinosaur Jr. released their third record Bug. Despite it being lead singer/guitarists and band leader J.Mascis’ least favorite outing, it was their most ... read more
Posted July 23, 2012, 1:35 p.m.
Formed in Nashville, Tennessee during the mid-‘90s American crust punk swell, From Ashes Rise later relocated to their current base in Portland, Oregon, where alongside ... read more
Posted July 17, 2012, 1:53 a.m.
I am not the most qualified reviewer when it comes to modern-day Oi! music. Yes, I am familiar with the genre in general—I still spin ... read more
Posted June 12, 2012, 12:15 a.m.
In what makes for a numerically confusing artist/album title (and opening sentence,) 2012 is the new record by 1982—the producer/rapper duo Statik Selektah & Termanology.At ... read more
Posted June 4, 2012, 11:48 p.m.
Swedish ragers Martyrdöd, along with Acephalix and fellow countrymen Wolfbrigade, are the latest to be chosen in the great Southern Lord crust roundup. Featuring former ... read more
Posted May 28, 2012, 11:04 a.m.
Hot off the heels his underappreciated 2011 debut full-length Shotgun & Sleek Rifle, Detroit MC/producer Quelle Chris drops his latest EP, 2Dirt4TV. This time around ... read more
Posted May 28, 2012, 7:12 a.m.
Attrition brings together two punk bands from opposing sides of the Atlantic Ocean—England’s Police Bastard and the United States' War//Plague. Most of the material was ... read more
Posted May 15, 2012, 12:59 a.m.
Nipping at the heels of 2011’s acclaimed Rythmatic Eternal King Supreme—a record that earned him nominations in Boston for both “Hip-Hop Artist of the Year” ... read more
Posted April 30, 2012, 12:42 p.m.
Whoa, is it 1994 again and someone didn't tell me? Much in the way Teenage Bottlerocket appropriated the early to mid-‘90s Lookout bands like Screeching ... read more
Posted April 2, 2012, 6:58 a.m.
It’s been three years since Shawn Foree’s one man synth-punk project Digital Leather released the critically acclaimed album Warm Brother. In that time he’s seen ... read more
Posted Feb. 20, 2012, 11:39 a.m.
In his memoir Root for the Villain: Rap, Bullshit, and a Celebration of Failure, J-Zone, born Jay Mumford, chronicles a lifetime spent playing the lead ... read more
Posted Feb. 13, 2012, 9:30 p.m.
While this is not a particularly good album, as a band After The Last Sky does possess some promising attributes. It takes only one listen ... read more
Posted Jan. 30, 2012, 9:30 a.m.
I’ll admit it; any band that requires key strokes to properly type their name has a good chance of ending up in my review pile. ... read more
Posted Dec. 19, 2011, 11:55 p.m.
The title of Twin Cities trio Condominium’s latest is quite misleading. Warm Home is not the record you put on for an evening in front ... read more
Posted Dec. 5, 2011, 7:58 a.m.
Individually it has already been a busy year for both of these East Coast cats. Well Done marks the third release of 2011 for the ... read more
Posted Nov. 14, 2011, 2:37 p.m.
Aptly-titled, Monumental brings together a legendary producer and two of the underground’s most revered MCs: Pete Rock—half of the duo (along with CL Smooth) responsible ... read more
Posted Nov. 1, 2011, 11:34 a.m.
Choose Your Own Adventure is the latest offering from Midwestern hardcore punk four-piece Get Rad.“Be the Wave” is the first track. Seeing as how Get ... read more
Posted Oct. 3, 2011, 8:05 a.m.
The Cool Kids return with, oddly enough, their debut album. Seems weird, considering these Midwestern boys have been in the game roughly 5 years now, ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2011, 1:36 a.m.
When I think of Devil worship I think of all the scary stuff from my youth. I think of serial killer known as "The Night Stalker", ... read more
Posted Aug. 31, 2011, 9:51 a.m.
There is a type of rock & roll that is very, well, American—thunderous, hard-driving, electrified rhythm and blues with greasy guitars. Music that evokes a ... read more
Posted Aug. 22, 2011, 6:19 a.m.
This summer my girlfriend and I… Sorry ladies, I’m taken. That’s one less music nerd on the market. Bummer, I know, right? Ah, where was ... read more
Posted July 17, 2011, 4:01 p.m.
I have long been a fan of the split record format for a few reasons. The simplest one being a matter of attrition—two bands, one ... read more
Posted July 13, 2011, 12:21 a.m.
After a few years of anticipatory mixtapes, the debut album by Radom Axe has finally seen the light of day. A multiregional supergroup of sorts, ... read more
Posted June 13, 2011, 8:57 a.m.
You’d certainly be forgiven if, like me, you initially assumed Cülo were a Hispanic punk band. I was told they hail from Chicago, IL—a place ... read more
Posted May 23, 2011, 5:14 a.m.
Having existed for roughly three years now, Bremerton, WA’s, Power have created somewhat of a rep for themselves in the Pacific Northwest. The aftermath of ... read more
Posted May 9, 2011, 3:32 a.m.
As is common place whenever the Beastie Boys release an album, there is cause for celebration—usually the popular music of the time has grown stagnant, ... read more
Posted May 2, 2011, 4:59 p.m.
Atmosphere’s MC, Slug has made a career, literally, out of exploiting and exercising his own personal demons as well as of those around him. He ... read more
Posted April 25, 2011, 4:08 a.m.
Austin, TX—wich recently shed its longstanding slogan “The Live Music Capital of the World” in favor of the less desirable “The Place Where Ben Weasel ... read more
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