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OFF! – Wasted Years (For fans of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Minor Threat)

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Los Angeles supergroup OFF (featuring Keith Morris of Black Flag/Circle Jerks with members of Red Kross, Burning Brides, and Hot Snakes) is back with their 3rd full length Wasted Years, and it’s some of their best work yet.

Even with the band members getting up there in age (Keith Morris is pushing 60), they still manage to rock harder than most punk bands just a mere fraction of their age.  OFF’s Wasted Years sounds like they came straight out of the late 70s / early 80s hardcore era (but without the shitty production) and it shines the second scorcher opener “Void You Out” begins.  From there the album and anger doesn’t let up for a moment, as shown on “Exorcised” where Keith opens saying “Today is a good a day as any, to tell you to go get fucked.”

If you’re a fan of early Black Flag or the Circle Jerks, picking up Wasted Years is a must.  And if you get a chance, go see them live… they put on a hell of a show.

MP3:
OFF! – Void You Out

More:
OFF! – Self Titled
OFF! – First Four EPS

Official Site:
OFF Official Site

Ghostlimb – Infrastructure (For fans of Graf Orlock, Dangers, Tragedy)

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There are your standard hardcore bands, and then there is fucking Ghostlimb.  A three piece with some of the members of Dangers/Graf Orlock, Ghostlimb is known for blending the most aggressive, thrashy, grindy hardcore and adding just a dash of melody for one hell of a ride.

On their 3rd full length Infrastructure the band pulverises the listener, yet has enough subtle melodies to keep you interested without taking away from any of the aggression.  Gruff as shit brutal vocals, and surprisingly intelligent lyrics (or unsurprisingly, considering the main lyricist is a history teacher).

If you dig heavy hardcore, you really can’t go wrong with Ghostlimb.  While their other projects often overshadow them, Ghostlimb is one of my favorites and is regularly getting blasted through these speakers.

MP3:
Ghostlimb – Construction

More:
Ghostlimb – Bearing And Distance
Graf Orlock – Destination: Time Today
Graf Orlock – Destination Time Tomorrow

Support The Artist:
Vitriol Records

Bad Religion – Suffer (For fans of NOFX, Pennywise, Rancid)


Bad Religion played Philadelphia this past Monday, and I missed it.  I’ve been feeling terrible about it, so I’ve been pretty much listening to Bad Religion non-stop all week.  The album of choice I’ve been spinning is their highly influential Suffer.

Released back in 1988, Suffer was Bad Religion’s third full length album and the one that really defined the sound of modern South Cali punk.  The songs are more polished and more melodic than their hardcore masterpiece How Can Hell Be Any Worse, and in my opinion features some of Bad Religion’s greatest songs.

With 15 songs finishing in a mere 26 minutes, Suffer remains aggressive, defiant, and yet intelligent.  Songs like “You Are (The Government)” and “Do What You Want” showcase just how catchy Bad Religion could make a song.

The one thing that turns off a lot of listeners from Suffer (and most of Bad Religion’s discography thereafter) is the fact that the whole melodic skate punk (often described as that Epitaph or Fat Wreck style) sound has been done over and over again, and is completely played out.  While true, it’s a bit unfair to judge Suffer for it, as this was the album that started it all, and influenced countless bands.  Fat Mike of NOFX once described Suffer as “the album that changed everything.”

If you could get past the fact that countless bands have ripped off been influenced by Suffer, or want to see where that whole style began… definitely check this one out.

MP3:
Bad Religion – Do What You Want

More Punk Rock:
Bad Religion – How Could Hell Be Any Worse?
Bad Religion – All Ages
Youth Brigade – Sink With Kalifonija

Buy:
Epitaph

DNF – Hurt (For fans of Trash Talk, Ceremony, Touche Amore)


Take a quick look through your record collection, how do you feel about ripping powerviolence hardcore?  If you dig it, then you’ll definitely love DNF’s (or Duke Nukem Forever) 7 inch release Hurt.

Featuring members of both Trash Talk and Touche Amore, DNF plays eye gouging hardcore similar to the likes of old Punch or Ceremony (in fact, the vocals sound a lot like they do on Violence Violence).  In typical powerviolence fashion, the band is constantly alternating between shredding riffs and slower sludgier parts, without ever really staying in either long enough to call it home.

The lyrics are dark and the music is gritty and abrasive, yet delivered with such precision anytime you think they are about to go over the edge, they reel you right back in to their controlled aggression.

Definitely a must for any fan of powerviolence, and I’d love to see them do a tour of the east coast sometime soon (maybe with Ceremony and Punch?  That would fucking rule).

MP3:
DNF – Waste

Mighty Morphin Power Violence:
Punch – Self Titled
Ceremony – Violence Violence
Coke Bust – Fuck Bar Culture
United Nations – Self Titled

Buy:
No Idea

Ghostlimb – Confluence (For fans of DANGERS, Graf Orlock, Ceremony)

As anyone who has seen my top 10 list of 2012 would know, I have recently discovered Ghostlimb and they have easily become one of my most listened to bands (and the only show I’ve been to so far in 2013). Their latest album Confluence placed 5th in my personal favorites released last year, and it’s one hell of a noisy, aggressive, album.

Ghostlimb usually plays a style that I could best describe as melodic grind mixed with hardcore.  On previous releases, Ghostlimb blended shredding guitars at with lightning speed drums with flashes of brilliant melodies.  While the melodies on Confluence are much more subtle, they are still there.

Lyrically the band tackles mostly political issues and social commentary often through the lens of history, making for a much more interesting listen than the usual “fuck the government” that seems to be the norm in punk these days.

With 12 songs in 22 minutes (and one of the most brilliant covers of a Hot Water Music song I’ve ever heard), Confluence is a must for those looking for something a little more heavy.

MP3:
Ghostlimb – Margins

More:
Ghostlimb – Bearing And Distance
Graf Orlock – Destination: Time Today
Graf Orlock – Destination Time Tomorrow

Buy:
Vitriol Records

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 always brought back in before completely spinning out of control.

With 15 songs in 18 minutes, any fan of hardcore should pick this one up.  I’ve been spinning it non-stop lately.

MP3:
Ghostlimb – Bridge Above The Water

More:
Dangers – Self Titled EP
Dangers – Anger
Dangers – Demo
Ceremony – Violence Violence
Dangers – Messy, Isn’t It?
Graf Orlock – Destination: Time Today
Graf Orlock – Destination Time Tomorrow
Coke Bust – Fuck Bar Culture

Buy:
Vitriol Records

Graf Orlock – Destination Time Tomorrow (For fans of Dangers, Phobia, Swallowing Shit)

Graf Orlock Destination Time Tomorrow
There are only a few grindcore bands I dig these days, and most of them need to have plenty of hardcore influences to keep me interested.  Los Angeles Graf Orlock are masters of the genre, and I’ve been listening to them a shit ton lately.

Playing self-described “cinema-grind”, as we’ve posted before… these dudes take movie themes and just run wild with them.  Their 2007 EP Destination: Time Tomorrow takes movies featured in the future (Alien, Jurassic Park, etc) and creates some of fucking brutal songs around them.

Some may see this as gimmicky, but as someone who doesn’t watch many movies, I couldn’t give two shits and just love the tunes.  Something that separates Graf Orlock from many other grindcore bands is that they throw in enough melodic breakdowns to keep people not really into grindcore interested.

These guys have been been in my regular rotation for a while now, and I highly recommend any fan of brutal hardcore check them out, even if it’s for their crowning achievement of mixing the Jurassic Park theme into a heavy as fuck song.

MP3:
Graf Orlock – The Dream Left Behind

More:
Graf Orlock – Destination: Time Today
Dangers – Messy, Isn’t It?
Phobia – Cruel
Swallowing Shit

Buy:
Graf Orlock – Destination Time Tomorrow

Bad Religion – How Could Hell Be Any Worse (For fans of The Circle Jerks, Youth Brigade, Bad Brains)

Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse Cover

Bad Religion is one of those bands that even people who don’t listen to or know the slightest thing about punk rock knows about.  While these Los Angeles guys have exploded over the year, even going on to make some US charts for best selling albums, nothing compares with their first full length How Could Hell Be Any Worse.

Recorded and released back in 1982 on a budget of $1000 (which the band borrowed $1000 from the guitarist’s father) How Could Hell Be Any Worse was the first full length for both the band and their respective label Epitaph.  The music was fast, chaotic, and a staple in 1980s hardcore.

How Could Hell Be Any Worse features fan favorites “We’re Only Gonna Die” and “Fuck Armageddon This Is Hell”, but really, all of the songs on this album are essential.  A must have for any fans of 80s punk rock such as The Circle Jerks and Bad Brains.

MP3:
Bad Religion – Fuck Armageddon This Is Hell

How Could Housewives Be Any Worse:
Bad Religion – All Ages
Youth Brigade – Sink With Kalifonija
Black Flag – Damaged

Buy:
Epitaph