In the nine years since their started, this Denver-based thrash band have already turned out two fairly successful albums and have gone on to worldwide acclaim as one of the metal acts to watch for. Their latest release, Unnatural Selection, cracked the Billboard Top 200 list in its first week and solidified Havok as a solid player in the metal field.
Opener “I Am the State” rages with anger, the riffs have heft and intensity and the simple chorus hits hard. “Give Me Liberty…or Give Me Death” kills with in-your-face, razor-sharp riffing, and timely lyrics. “Worse Than War” has a killer lead riff and sticks in your head. Some other songs that stood out were “Is It True?,” “Chasing the Edge,” and the BLACK SABBATH cover of “Children of the Grave.” As musicians, they are first-rate with David Sanchez and Reece Scruggs playing the hell out of their guitars, new bassist Michael Leon with his rumbling lines, and Pete Webber smashing away behind the kit. Sanchez is a good thrash vocalist, and his cleaner style on here really adds to the power of the music with the lyrics being clearer.
The lyrical content is what really gets me about this record, and most of all. it’s a pretty focused effort lyrically. It’s great to hear lyrics that actually took some thought to write. The whole record is well-thought out and really put together down to the last detail.
DIVINE born Harris Glenn Milstead (October 19, 1945 – March 7, 1988) was an actor, drag artist, and singer who came to prominence having appeared in many of independent filmmaker John Waters early films including Mondo Trasho (1969), Multiple Maniacs (1970), Pink Flamingos (1972) and Female Trouble (1974). The compilation Maid In England, released in 1988, was the performers fourth and last LP and features several Hi-NRG and Disco hits including the 1984 UK top 20 hit “You Think You’re A Man,” as well as “I’m So Beautiful” (both produced by Stock/Aitken/Waterman) and remixes of “Walk Like A Man” and SAM COOKE’s “Twistin’ The Night Away.”
This album came out shortly after DIVINE had passed away from an enlarged heart and became a big seller for good reason too. This album is stuffed full of great songs that just beg you to get up and dance and sing along to. The few clunkers are “Give It Up,” “Show Me Around,” “Twistin’ The Night Away,” and “Little Baby,” but the winners are so good that you just accept that there are going to be a few mediocre tracks and just keep on dancing. The album just has a joy to it and once you put it on you will have a hard time trying to stop the smile from starting, and the happiness that you will feel. The sound is greatly improved and is nice and clear with everything sounding better than previous attempts of putting these tracks out in the past. The jewel cased CD contains a twelve page booklet; with a biography, relevant UK discography and full-page reproductions of those classic single sleeves. The three bonus remixes, “Hey You! (The Trumpet Mix),” “I’m So Beautiful (12” Mix),” and “Walk Like A Man/Man Talk (12” Mix)” are a definite pleasure to have as well.
This is a very welcome release with something for Hi-NRG, Disco, pop and new wave fans alike. This truly is a “Divine” release!
This Swedish band plays gritty, raw, mid-blowing punk mixed with a dose of hard rock that will get your heart beating fast and your ears begging for more. A hint of MOTORHEAD mixed with TURBONEGRO and shake hard gives you the most awesome band to rip your ears off.
The songs are played at top speed with angry, spat-out vocals and with enough energy to light up your city for a year. The whirling dervish collection of songs just gets into your head and won’t leave. There is not one slow, boring or useless song on here, just one killer tune after another that will leave your neck sore from head-banging, your body wiped out from being in the pit and your ears bleeding, but wanting more.
This is the real deal shit kids…no wimp-ass music, just hard-hitting, rip your face off music that fills me with joy. If you don’t buy this one…you’re an idiot!
The ever difficult second album syndrome hit the DOLLS, but not as bad as everyone thinks. The album isn’t as solid as the first, but there is a lot to enjoy on it all the same.
The band didn’t like the way their debut sounded, so they enlisted Shadow Morton to produce Too Much Too Soon. Morton had become disenchanted by the music industry, but was enthused by the band’s energy and agreed to work with them as a personal challenge and did a very good job at getting the rawness as well as the fun of this band recorded. The album has some great songs on it, “Babylon,” “Stranded In The Jungle,” “(There’s Gonna Be A) Showdown,” “Who are the Mystery Girls?,” and “Human Being” being a few of them. You get the gritty playing, boogie swagger, and general sleaziness of New York back in the ’70s all mixed in with female vocals and a hint of hooks that add to the band’s charm. The punk bands that were coming up, took a lot of this and changed a few things and ran with it, while the DOLLS just imploded from the addictions and general pissed off attitude that was starting to show. The sound on this release is great, crisp and clear, giving the guitars the ability to be heard in the mix, and all the little studio effects to be heard better. The album replica just makes it even more special.
Yeah, not the best from the band, but still better than a lot of the pretenders that came after them and took what they wanted from the corpse. With great sound, beautiful packaging and some grit and attitude, you need to get this one.
The long-awaited debut 7″ of SCAB COMA from Quebec City, Quebec and what a debut it is. Four biting songs of gritty Oi! that brings to mind other French-speaking bands of the scene like HARD TIMES and HORS CONTROLE by keeping their songs in French, and not just singing in English.
Every song on this EP sounds hard, tight and tough but still melodic enough to get your feet tapping. The songs are fairly short and even though I’m Canadian, I don’t speak French so I have no idea what they are singing about, but it sounds like it’s something important…I just wish that I had translated lyrics. The band plays with passion and the energy that they give off is infectious.
If you like Oi!, this is a definite purchase for you! Grab a copy of this intense EP while you can and put on your boots and braces.
This seven track EP from this Raleigh, NC power pop / punk band is track after track of energetic songs that get stuck in your ears. Formed in 2010, this young band really comes out and gives us an album that would sound great blasting at a pool party with some cool drinks and a nice breeze gently wafting through the trees.
Every track is tightly played with a ton of energy that gets you dancing and the hooks are so great that it feels like you are at a fishing show. The pop is just enough to get things catchy, but not sugary and the punk is the nice gritty guitar playing that is cranked up and furiously played. With seven songs that go by so fast, I just put this on repeat and had a great time hearing the wicked licks that were played with power and the amazing voice of Candace O’Neal.
This is a definite keeper and you should track this one down today. I can only imagine what they are like live…probably amazing.
This now turned from a trio into a duo, had dropped a huge album to melt your ear-holes and get your head into a wicked place. Ten blistering tracks that just amaze and stick with you after the first listen.
The album starts with a brutal track “Black Out The Blues” and sets a very high standard for what comes after. They come out with a first track that has fantastic growls from singer / guitarist Mat Franklin, a snarling, fuzzed-out riff and drummer Lex Vegas destroys his kit. It just keeps on getting better with every track showing the tight playing that the band has been forced to do since they are now a duo and it just blows away the landscape with the intensity and raw emotional singing. This set of dirty, glammed-up blooze-rock is just the right remedy for all of the limp rock out there being hyped up by the major labels and radio…this is the shit that should get played! “Buzzards” has a VAN HALEN feel to it, you know, catchy, fun, and the kind of song that fits into a party.
Every song is a winner and if this is what they are capable of…wow! This is one of the tightest and most blistering albums that has ripped through my skull in a long time.