Oxymoron – West World (For fans of The Casualties, The Unseen, The Virus)

When most people think of street punk bands, the first ones that usually come to mind are The Casualties, The Unseen, and The Exploited.  One band that often gets overlooked here in the states is a German band called Oxymoron, even though all their lyrics are in English.  It’s a shame, because they were one of my staple street punk bands growing up, and their West World EP is one all punk fans should check out. First off, Oxymoron is actually incredibly accessible as far […]

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The Ramones – Mondo Bizarro (For fans of The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Misfits)

If you like punk rock, you fucking know The Ramones… shit, everybody knows who The Ramones are.  Chances are you probably have their greatest hits album Mania and may have their original Self Titled album as well (and if you don’t, go get it. It’s one of the most influential and greatest albums in punk rock).  Unfortunately that’s the extent of one of the greatest rock bands to ever grace our sound waves. Most bands start to fizzle out and losing their edge later in […]

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Rage Brigade – F.I.G.H.T.M.U.S.I.C (For fans of Bane, Sick Of It All, With Honor)

Rage Brigade’s F.I.G.H.T.M.U.S.I.C has been in my “shit to review” queue for quite some time now (no seriously, I had a playlist called that, and it goes on for days.)  I don’t know why I was holding out so long before posting the review, but better late than never.  These Ontario, Canadian dudes play heavy, chunky hardcore on their 5 song debut EP. I first heard of Rage Brigade when I was checking out pop punk band Seaway and learned that one of the members […]

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Cobra Lung (For fans of Negative Approach, Paint it Black, Coke Bust)

I get a little nostalgic every time I listen to Cobra Lung.  Sure, it may have only been two years ago, but listening to the tongue in cheek straight edge hardcore band makes me miss the Terrordome and other Philly basement shows, and they were easily one of the most fun local bands around… more people should know them. These NJ/Philly dudes played fast and furious (starring Vin Diesel) hardcore and their self titled (ok, I think it’s self titled… I’m not sure it’s ever […]

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The Misfits – Walk Among Us (For fans of The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks)

Around Halloween I mentioned that I have been on a serious Misfits kick as of late, and that still hasn’t settled down yet.  I’m sure all you punkers know who The Misfits are (if you don’t, they were a punk band from NJ formed in the 70s who mixed catchy aggressive melodies with B-rated horror film themes), and the one I’ve been listening to the most lately is Walk Among Us. Released as The Misfits debut full length back in 1982, Walk Among Us was […]

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The Police – Outlandos d’Amour (For fans of The Clash, Billy Idol, Sex Pistols)

Ok, so it would be just a little bit of a stretch to consider The Police a punk band, and I won’t be the one to make that claim.  However I will say that their first album Outlandos d’Amour was definitely mostly influenced by punk and reggae, and many punk fans find themselves digging the album, including this fucking guy. Released back in 1978, the album was initially a flop and ripped apart by critics when it first came out, but then became one of […]

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La Armada – Self Titled (For fans Of Fucked Up, Cut The Shit, Punch)

I’m not going to lie, when I first heard La Armada’s Self Titled I pretty much forgot about it.   I remember putting it on, thinking “oh, this is kind of cool” and then immediately forgot about it. I must have not been in the right mood when I first heard it because I checked it out again, and it’s really fucking tight. La Armada originally formed as a political hardcore band in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic but relocated to Chicago.  First thing […]

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Limp Wrist – Self Titled LP (For fans of Ceremony, Infest, Punch)

There are some people who can’t bring themselves to listen to queercore, for whatever stupid fucking homophobic reason they may have.  That’s a shame, because those people are missing out on some of the most brutal hardcore around. I’ve been listening to a lot of Limp Wrist lately, and their Self Titled full length has some of the most fierce music around.  With 18 songs in 14 minutes, Limp Wrist brings fast paced hardcore very reminiscent of Infest or older Ceremony, and just like said […]

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Ghostlimb – Bearing And Distance (For fans of Dangers, Graf Orlock, Ceremony)

Sometimes you listen to an album that just takes your face, and bashes it into a brick wall… in the (most loving way possible of course).  The first time I listened to Ghostlimb’s Bearing and Distance, I was completely blown away by their thrashy/grindy as fuck, yet melodic hardcore. On Bearing and Distance Ghostlimb brings a flavor of hardcore so furious, so rash, yet incredibly calculated.  With shredding riffs, pissed vocals, breakneck rhythms… the music is incredibly pissed off, but with the melodic hooks you’re […]

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