Crossover the Edge: Where Hardcore, Punk And Metal Collide: Book by Alexandros Anesiadis

Crossover The Edge contains in-depth features on over a hundred key bands from the scene’s 1980s heyday including Agnostic Front, Cro Mags, D.R.I., Corrosion of Conformity, Suicidal Tendencies, Dayglo Abortions, Discharge, Broken Bones, and another five hundred bands are also featured however briefly. Pulling together bands from diverse subcultural backgrounds (including the Skinhead, Oi and Anarcho scenes) to create a unique fusion whose appeal reached out to a large proportion of each of their fans, the movement was nevertheless overlooked by purists from each side, its specific mix sometimes balancing uncomfortably between those tribes. Alexandros Anesiadis was born in 1981 in Greece., and is currently living in Luton whilst on his final year of PhD in Media and Arts.

This lengthy, but the interesting book is well over 500 pages, has a ton of pis and is a very good read. Anesiadis is a definite fan and his writing shows that with the enthusiasm that he brings to the topic. He gets into a ton of bands that are both known and virtually unknown except for a few, but now they can get a moment in the spotlight because of this book. When I was younger and this style was happening, people hated metal if they were punks, and metal fans hated punks…that really didn’t seem to change much even with this style of music gaining fans. I liked some punk, some thrash metal and crossover…matter of fact, I got my mother to pick me up Suicidal Tendencies first, and best album, for me when she was visiting my aunt in Texas. She told me that when she went to the store to ask about it, she got some weird looks and didn’t know why…lol. The book has interviews with band members and they also throw in some interesting memories of things that happened during their careers that often times are funny, but always cool to read about. The amount of research that went into this is astounding, with all the flyers and in-depth information that he has dug up. There is a bit of looking back and coming down on some bands that had some un-PC lyrics back then, but with a different time, and different attitudes back then, it’s easy to say that they have awful lyrics and be a bit above it all now which I got that feeling while reading some of the inclusions. One thing that would have made me happy, would be album covers of the bands since there is talk of how good they were and the art on the covers. I also found that some bands mentioned by Anesiadis were as admitted by him, more metal than crossover, strange and weird, and a lot of crust and anarcho bands that were not really crossover.

If you are a fan of this style of music or have listened to any of the hundreds of bands mentioned in this book, you need to get this. While having a few minor flaws, this is still an amazing book that I had a hard time putting down and after being into punk and reading zines since the early 80s, I was astounded with how much I learned from this and now I have way too many albums to look for because of him.

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ELECTRO PUNX: Doom With A View: CD

This one man band from Newcastle upon Tyne really does a great job of mixing things up on this eleven song album. You get punk rock, crust, a touch of ska and some electronic all on here.

Great gruff vocals, a wall of sound, guitars coming out of the mix, banging drums and a sense of having a good time while doing this all add up to an interesting release. Some straight forward songs “I’m A Leg – End”, “In Unity”, “Fight Night” and “Disease Or The Breeze”, the ska song “Time Bomb”, the electronic “Facefeck”, the doom song “Pain” and the rest of the songs with their mix of crust and anarcho punk all are well performed and have a nice edge that adds to the enjoyment of this album. You would never know that this is just one person, he does such a great job on the different instruments that it really sounds like a full band.

Grab this and check out a very diverse and intriguing collection of songs that will leave you wanting more

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BRACE FOR IMPACT: Self-titled EP: CD

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This anarcho punk band from Accrington, Lancashire features ex-members of POTENTIAL THREAT, TOTAL BLOODY CHAOS, MEXICAN OVERDRIVE and THE CLEARINGS. They were founded back in August 2011 and feature Spike on vocals, Jimi and Sprog on guitars,  Mick on bass, and Ersy on drums.

Three hard-hitting songs that are a bit muddy and flat sounding, but they have energy and anger that makes you forgive the production, it actually reminded me of the demo tapes that I used to buy way back in the ’80s. These three songs take a bit of street punk and add it to their sound and come up with a winner with the gruff vocals, the tight solos, and the pounding drums added to the throbbing bass. All three songs “Riot Cop”, “Excuse” and “Screwed”, are really exciting and full of power, and make you want to hear more.

A great little EP from a band that I will be looking out for more from in the future. A ton of potential, just improve the production a bit and it will be stellar.

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RIVERS RUN DRY / TYRANNICIDE: Split: 12″

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Two bands facing off on this album, RIVERS RUN DRY, a Hungarian political crust band and TYRANNICIDE, a Dutch anarcho-hardcore band. These two political bands playing back to back, killer music will make you think with their great lyrics, as well as rage along with the music.

Starting off with RIVERS RUN DRY’s four songs, we get manic vocals shrieked out mixed with clean vocals, songs going from slow dirges to fast, almost metal in sound with thick bass, pummeling drums and hyper fast guitar licks. On TYRANNICIDE’s side we get six songs that have growled vocals, some slower, heavy parts mixed with blindly fast hardcore, crunchy guitar playing, and the devastating combination of the drums and bass to keep the huge bottom end booming.

Two bands, one 12″ record and one successful paring with both groups complimenting the other’s style so well, you would think that this would have happened more often. A mighty fine release with both bands being equally aggressive and intriguing. Good stuff!

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http://www.carambarecords.com/  http://destroyityourselfdiy.wordpress.com/

http://sprecords.noblogs.org/  http://prejudiceme.bigcartel.com/

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OI POLLOI / APPALACHIAN TERROR UNIT: Split EP: 7″

OI POLLOI are a punk rock band from Scotland that formed around 1981 and have put out a ton of great releases, and APPALACHIAN TERROR UNIT hail from Huntington, WV and play a powerful blend of classic anarcho-punk, crust and a hint of metal, with aggressive female vocals, and urgent political lyrics, so this is a great double-header with both bands ripping up the playing field.

OI POLLOI come at you with manic playing and gruff vocals that just make you want to get up and start a pit in your living room, everything is so tightly played and the great lyrics just put them over the edge into great on their three songs. APPALACHIAN TERROR UNIT tear through their songs with every bit the anger and energy of OI POLLOI and adding a layer of crust that fits this release perfectly.

I really can’t think of too many splits that are so perfect in the way the two bands compliment each other, but don’t emulate each other. This is a huge split that you need to go out and get. The packaging has a fold out poster and is being pressed on 100% recycled vinyl.

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http://profanexistence.com/  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nikt-Nic-Nie-Wie-NNNW/207415185966337

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