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Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard (For fans of Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Wormrot, Rotten Sound)

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I consider it a wasted opportunity: back in the mid 2000s (ten years ago fuuuuck) I lived down in Virginia for school, and would often head down to Richmond for some awesome punk shows.  I remember constantly seeing the name Pig Destroyer on fliers for upcoming shows, but never bothered to check them out.  If only I had a time machine so I can go back in time and slap the shit out of myself.

I’ve been listening to Pig Destroyer a lot lately, particularly their 2001 release of Prowler In The Yard.  The second studio album by the grindcore trio (at the time at least), Prowler In The Yard blends the perfect amount of grind/crust punk/thrash to keep an adrenaline junkie like myself on the hook.  With constant blast beats, driving dark riffs, and incredibly fucked up yet metaphorical lyrics… it’s like being thrown in the middle of the most fucked up horror movie imaginable.

Not for the faint of heart, and the lyrics are just beyond disturbing.  Pig Destroyer manages to corner the “shock value” while exploring the mental breakdown of a complete murderous sociopath which may make you feel like you need a shower (or therapy) as soon as you’re done listening.

MP3:
Pig Destroyer – Trojan Whore

More Music For You Speed Freaks:
Phobia – Cruel
Some Girls – The DNA Will Have It’s Say
Graf Orlock – Destination: Time Today

DS-13 – Thrash And Burn (For fans of Cut The Shit, Bones Brigade, LxExAxRxNx)

D.S.-13 Thrash And Burn

When you think of fast thrashy skate punk, I’m going to guess Sweden isn’t probably the first place that comes to mind, but after listening to DS-13 (short for Demon System 13) that might change.  These Umeå, Sweden punks certainly do their home country justice with their release of Thrash and Burn.

Thrash and Burn is a quick listen with 10 songs finishing in a mere 7 minutes, but with their scathing, adrenaline junkie fueled punk rock, anything more would probably result in an overdose.

With their English tongue in cheek lyrics, DS-13 provides a ripping commentary on everything from racists (“Shoot the racists!”) to all the tough guy hardcore bands signed to Victory Records (“Pathetic wankers/Think they’re hard/Macho insecurity/Got no place here”).

If you dig fast aggressive hardcore that’s all go no slow, you can’t go wrong with Thrash and Burn.  Fans of Bones Brigade and Cut The Shit will find refuge here.

MP3:
DS-13 – Straights And Drunks

More punk rock for your thrashin’ heart:
Cut The Shit – Marked For Life
Bones Brigade – Endless Bummer
LxExAxRxN – First Lesson

Buy:
Out Of Print.

The Exploited – Fuck The System (For fans of The Casualties, The Unseen, GBH)


The Exploited are one of the more well known punk bands from the 80s, with their debut “Punk’s Not Dead” released back in 1981 and influencing countless other bands.  However in 2003, these Scottish punks released a new album entitled Fuck The System completely departing from the more classic punk sound, and I’m going to warn you now: it’s not for the faint of heart.

Fuck The System is a heavy, thrash influenced, defiant, circle pit inspiring 13 songs.  Blending aggressive street punk with some thrash technicality, The Exploited manage to keep the music simple and to the point and with Wattie’s passionate/maniacal shouting, I really do believe that all this guy wants to do is riot. The songs manage to be catchy with their simple sing-along choruses and simple song structures.

Sure, you’re not going to find anything too fancy on Fuck The System (surprised?) but The Exploited managed to release one of the most aggressive punk albums to this day.  This is music to break stuff to.

MP3:
The Exploited – Chaos Is My Life

More Tunes For Your Circle Pitting Soul:
Scenester 101: How To Be A Modern Day Street Punk
Oxymoron – Westworld
The Unseen – Lower Class Crucifixion

Buy:
The Exploited

 

 

R.A.M.B.O – Wall Of Death The System (For fans of Crucial Unit, DS-13, Municipal Waste)


When you think Philly hardcore, the first bands that probably come to mind are Paint It Black or Kid Dynamite… and rightfully so, those guys are fucking awesome.  One Philly hardcore band that often gets overlooked though are thrashcore dudes R.A.M.B.O, and their first full length Wall Of Death The System is a 28 song blitz that lasts but a mere 34 minutes.

With song titles such as “Ian Mackaye Is My Savior, Not Jesus” and “Circle That ‘A’, Motherfucker”, R.A.M.B.O isn’t exactly the most subtle band in the world. Playing thrashy hardcore in the veins of DS-13 or Crucial Unit, R.A.M.B.O focused on anarchist, cyclist, and skate themes in their lyrics.

Known for their insane live shows, unfortunately they called it quits back in 2007.  If you dig fast paced punk rock with a touch of humor, check out one of Philly’s finest.

MP3:
R.A.M.B.O – Ian Mackaye Is My Savior, Not Jesus

Rock Out With Your Black Bloc Out:
Municipal Waste – The Fatal Feast
Crucial Unit – These Colors Get The Runs
Municipal Waste – Waste Em All

Buy:
625 Thrash

Propagandhi – Failed States (For Fans of SNFU, Good Riddance, Bigwig)

When it comes to Propagandhi, people are split into three distinct groups.  You have those who are fucking obsessed, those who only dig their early stuff (Less Talk More Rock, How To Clean Everything), and those who don’t like Propagandhi at all and their opinion is irrelevant.  I am in the obsessed category, and completely fucking loved their 2009 release of Supporting Caste and wasn’t sure if Failed States would hold up.  With 15 new songs (12 if you get the regular version, but the deluxe version is totally worth it with 2 extra thrash tracks and one out-take) Propagandhi returns with their thrashiest and hardest fucking hitting album yet.

Fans if earlier works hoping for a return to the old skate punk ways or just even a flirtation with the melodies (which they gave us with The Bangers Embrace on Supporting Caste) will be disappointed.  Personally, I fucking love the face-melting thrash songs that Propagandhi writes, and if you dig songs like Fuck The Border or This Is Your Life, then you’ll love at least 3/4th of this album.  Songs like “Ratten Cane”, “Status Update”, and “Failed States” just straight up shred.

In between the thrash, Propagandhi experiments a bit with the darker, brooding sound of Potemkin City Limits.  I wasn’t a huge fan of Potemkin (or as Jaded Punk Hulk would say, “Pokemon City Limits”), but I’m finding even these slower songs to be a bit of a grower for me.  The album slows down a bit with “Unscripted Moments” and “Lotus Gait”,  before closer “Duplicate Keys” (which is incredibly reminiscent of A Speculative Fiction, and easily one of my favorite songs on Failed States).  Closer that is, unless you have the Deluxe version…  which in that case, you are treated to “The Fucking Rich Fuck The Poor” which is THE HEAVIEST song Propagandhi has ever performed (which thanks to Seth in the comments pointed out was actually a Global Genocide cover… fuck yeah).

Easily one of my favorite albums of the year so far, it’s good to know that these Canadians still put out music that will rip off your testicles/ovaries and shove them down your throat.

MP3:
Propagandhi – Failed States

More:
We Interviewed Todd The Rod of Propagandhi
Propagandhi – Where Quantity is Job #1
Propagandhi – Supporting Caste
Propagandhi – Less Talk More Rock
How To Clean Everything

Buy:
Epitaph

Municipal Waste Live In Philly (6/25/12)

Last night I headed to Philly’s new(ish) Union Transfer to go see Richmond party fuck thrashers, Municipal Waste.  I wasn’t sure how seeing them at Union Transfer would be (a relatively large venue compared to most places they play), but the place made sure to make it seem as intimate as possible without barricades… oh and there is air conditioning there, so won’t argue that.

Municipal Waste:

I wound up showing up pretty late, missing everyone except for the Waste.  These guys are up there in my favorite bands, and unfortunately I consider it a missed opportunity that i didn’t really get into them until the end of when I lived in Virginia (I was near Richmond from 03-07, and didn’t really love the Waste until about 06ish).  Regardless, there is always strong reaction anytime they come to Philly, and last night was no exception.

The second they took the stage and broke into “Unleash The Bastards” they place erupted into a circle pit and stage dives (with boogie boards of course… I mean, this is a Waste show).  The band didn’t really let up the rest of the night, and had their set span all of their full lengths, with latest Fatal Feast, Art Of Partying, and Hazardous Mutations dominating the majority of time (with a few throwbacks to Waste Em All).

Apparently I wasn’t alone in thinking that the new album was a lot better than Massive Aggressive, because even the newer songs which often don’t get a strong reaction from fans got the place moving and thrashing about.

Always a good time, definitely go see Municipal Waste if they come around your hood.

Setlist (From what I remember and not in order)

Unleash The Bastards
You’re Cut Off
Mind Eraser
Beer Pressure
The Thrashin Of The Christ
Idiot Check
New Dead Masters
Toxic Revolution
Sweet Attack (I think they played this…)
Wrong Answer
Headbanger Face Rip
Repossession
Terror Shark
Sadistic Magician
Born To Party

Encore:
Pregame / Art Of Partying

MP3:
Municipal Waste – Unleash The Bastards

More Waste:

Municipal Waste – The Fatal Feast
Municipal Waste – Scion EP
Municipal Waste – Waste Em All
Municipal Waste – Massive Aggressive
Municipal Waste – Tango And Thrash EP
Municipal Waste – Hazardous Mutations
Crucial Unit – These Colors Get The Runs

Buy:
Municipal Waste

Municipal Waste – Scion EP (For fans of Crucial Unit, DRI, ANS)

I just found out that the other night Andrew WK played “I Get Wet” here in Philly in it’s entirety, and I HAD NO FUCKING IDEA!!!  It’s a sad day for partying, indeed.  Good thing today, party crossover thrashers Municipal Waste released a teaser EP through Scion A/V (wait what?)

Yeah.  You read that right.  Richmond’s Municipal Waste put out a 2 song EP (although calling 2 songs an EP is a stretch) through Scion Audio Visual.  It features one song from their upcoming The Fatal Feast release and one original.  The songs themselves are classic Municipal Waste, with the first one Repossession featuring chuggy and thrashy wholesome family goodness (no seriously… it’s even radio edited… weird as fu… err… fudge).  The second one Garbage Stomp/Poser Disposer sounds like it could have come off of Waste Em’ All with their blast beat thrash.

Good little teaser that got me pretty excited for their latest, you can download the two songs for free over at Scion A/V.

MP3:
Municipal Waste – Garbage Stomp / Poser Disposer

If I Can’t Fuck Shit Up I Don’t Want To Live:
Crucial Unit – These Colors Get The Runs
Waste Em All
Massive Aggressive
Tango And Thrash EP
Hazardous Mutations

Buy:
Scion A/V