Influenced by Deafheaven, The Long Dark Road’s four-song self-titled EP is the result of a series of events in Toronto musician Jeremy Cavan’s life, including debt, homelessness, and a divorce. The mix of black metal, punk and hardcore on this album gives into a touch of prog-type songs, at least in length with the title track alone surpassing the ten minute mark, and the shortest track is just shy of seven minutes long.
The lyrics are more geared toward political and societal topics than most metal bands and luckily even with the gruff and occasionally less than clean singing, you can still hear the words and see the anger and disgust that is being spit out. The songs are as heavy as the weight of the world’s problems on their shoulders, but melodic and interesting, with the length of them not being a factor that impedes your enjoyment, in fact, the length seems perfect for each song, like a complete argument that needs to be heard. The mix is a bit dirty and gritty, but it suits the music and tone perfectly; who wants it all prettied up since it would take the intensity and immediacy of it away. The songs each have their own feel and have shredding guitar playing that really stands out, as well as the extended bits that show the more textured playing and at times softer sounds that the band can create and meld into a song that is both devastating and thrilling.
If you are looking for some straight-ahead metal, this may come as a shock, but the album has both beauty and anger that forge an alliance and make you want to come back to it time and time again. With only four songs, they have created an album that will become a constant player in your collection, and make you want to see what comes next.
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This trio from Amos, Quebec have just released their second album of hardcore with songs in both English and French. The trio of Peet (bass/vocals), Dom (guitar/vocals), and Matt (drums) have put together eleven songs of charged energy and thought-provoking lyrics.
I always get excited when I get punk to review, since I seem to get a lot, and I do mean a lot of metal to review, when I am way more into punk than metal. As a fellow Canadian, now living in Texas, but still love to give props to my country men putting out music, also being someone who was forced to take three years of French and remembers none of it, it is cool to hear a band doing songs in their own language, not just in English. Of course, because I failed two of the three years and they were over thirty years ago, I have no idea what they are singing about on those songs, but the English ones are clear about what pisses them off and I love to read the lyrics and get an idea of where a band is coming from. The songs are angry, gritty and hard-hitting, which is such a great thing to hear with all the wimpy pop punk and emo crap passing itself off as punk. The gruff vocals are perfect for the bitterness being spewed, as is the blazing guitar playing, the thick bass, and the pounding drums which all create a sense of organized chaos that grabs your ear holes and drags you into the pit. Every song is another spit in the face of the craptastic society that we are force-fed and they are played with the verve and power that gets your adrenalin going and makes you get mad at the shit going on too.
This is a band that is sick and tired of bullshit around them and isn’t afraid to get in the face of the fools that stand in the way of what they believe. Fast-paced and a destructive force coming at you with the power of a hurricane, but with a message……destroy the shit!
This band has been around for a while now and has kept up a standard of no misogyny, and no capitalism, and of course Dead Kennedys like punk rock. Ten more tracks of punk that will get you thinking and slamming at the same time.
The band has a Jello Biafra like singer who sings/shouts the venomous lyrics out like a foul flavor that is spat at the listener with energy to spare. The lyrics are thoughtful and insightful, which is a great thing with so much aimless garbage out there. The band is tight and plays with power and just on the cusp of total destruction of their instruments. The songs are great to sing along to, but also great to listen to as well. All of the songs are gripping and will sound amazing in a live setting, with the walls dripping with sweat and the crowd soaked too…just like the shows that I used to go to ears ago. The production isn’t crystal clear, it has a nice grit to it….it’s punk damn it! I hate the perfect little bands that clean it all up and suck all the guts out of the recording, these guys keep the grime in their to make sure you know that they are not a bunch of fakes. The punk is older sounding, more like the early 80’s and sounds great to these ears.My favorite tracks were “Welcome Home, Jesus(Sanitorium),””Wasting The World,” and “Consumer Culture.” Don’t think that the other songs weren’t good, they are, just that these three songs, all in a row, grabbed me the most.
An album for those who like to have something in their head as well as to play loud and slam along to. A great addition to their discography and to your music collection.
Dobermann Cult has delivered hardcore punk from Stockholm, Sweden since 2006. In 2007 they released their first CD called When The Shit Hits The Fans on French label Mass Prod.
The album really hits you right in the face with its hard, heavy, fast paced music that has screaming with singing mixed in. Lyrics aren’t really clear, but you get the gist of what is being sung. It’s got a great thrashy, head banging type of feel to it. To the right kind of crowd I can see this to be a rather big hit. It has terrific high energy, it’s powerful, and the energy it portrays hasn’t wavered since the album started.
A mighty fine NYHC styled album that stands out from the crowd and is a definite treat to listen to.
Review by: AMY EAST
Bear Fight is a four piece punk band hailing from Pico Rivera, Fullerton, & Newport Beach and based in the LA/OC area of California. These guys play punk mixed with hardcore that is fast, melodic, & dynamic.
We have five songs on this album and they are tightly played and full of energy, just what the Dr ordered for relief of shitty pop music. The band sings about Facebook (“Facebook Freakout”), and Justin Beiber (“Belieber”), so you should be prepared to have a sense of humor, but don’t think that they are just another bunch of goofs singing silly songs, they know how to write a song and make you think of just how stupid shit can be. The songs have a nice snotty attitude to them, mostly because of the vocals, but the songs are gritty and have a few awesome solos mixed in that really stand out, like on “So Frustrating,” a fantastic song.
I thoroughly enjoyed this and felt that they have a keen grasp of what’s going on today and can pair that with a more classic punk rock sound. I have to look out for more releases from this band, they really are a treat.
Hot Blood was formed in Red Bank, New Jersey in 2013. Their first release NO KINGS was put out on Asbury Park based record label Little Dickman Records in April 2014. This new single has four blazing hardcore tracks that come at you with the force of lightning and knock you on your ass.
“Rust” opens the album with the pounding drums of Billy Straniero before the guitars kick in and we are in the middle of a raging storm of power and energy. The song is a great start to the single. “Blood On My Hands” takes that power and amps it up a few notches more, so much that you are scared that the band is going to explode and cave in your head with the devastation on display. Now this is hardcore that doesn’t veer off into metal wanking or forget its roots in punk. “Cop in a Tank” talks about the police and the troubles that people have with the bad cops that are not there to help you. The song has so much venom and bitterness towards those police officers and hits close to home for a lot of people. “Class Warfare” has vocalist Mat Kiley starting things off with the banshee yell of “This Is A War” and he never lets up on the raw emotions that he has in this song. The band pounds away behind him, barely holding it together until they finally come to a thundering end.
This is one tight band, with emotional and pertinent lyrics that although have been brought up in the past, still need to be addressed. The band is exactly what the hardcore scene needs now, a group to be grounded in the past, but still playing in the here and now, giving the listener everything that they have and more.
This Life from Toulouse, France has released their debut album with ten heavy hitting tracks. This hardcore band formed in 2012 and has put a lot of effort in this debut album.
The album starts with “Life Wire,” a track which is one heavy hardcore song with fast guitar riffs, pounding drums and a chugging bass line with vocals that are shouted and help to kick things into high gear. “Fire Your Dreams” goes on almost seamlessly and it is not until the vocals come in that is another blistering song. “Are We Ready” has a great bass solo, crashing cymbals and quick guitar chord changes to get you pumped. “Age To Thrill” features Seb from The Great Divide on vocals who adds his touch on this already great album. I love the bass guitar that starts “Mediatalks” off and carries on throughout the song. It’s played so fast and sinewy that I just kept on hitting replay. “Sunseeker” is another killer track that just would make the pit go nuts over with its feel of racing to the end. This album has a tight sound that I enjoyed, it feels like the band is ready to explode and wipe everyone out.
A very good debut that just gets better as you listen to it and it will make you re-listen to it. I think that I’m going to put this one in the car, roll down the windows and crank it up next time I’m out driving.