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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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