OFF! – Wasted Years

Hardcore punk revivalists OFF! stays in their comfort zone on this latest record of theirs, but I’ve gotta admit it sounds pretty freakin’ good.

OFF! – “Hypnotized”

OFF! drops a new video for “Hypnotized,” which features a comedic altercation between two patriotic superheroes in ridiculous costumes. While the storyline is pretty zany, it’s really the antics and food-for-thought lyricism of frontman Keith Morris that make me wanna jump out of my chair and put my fist through my computer screen. UGH!

Look for OFF!’s latest album, Wasted Years, on Vice Records this April.

Classics Week: 2013

Watch the embedded playlist of videos to check out the five classics week reviews I did for the 2013-2014 classics week. Watch the playlist further to check out classics week reviews from the last few years as well. Woo!!!

Cara Neir – Portals To A Better, Dead World

Dallas metal duo Cara Neir has a slightly unorthodox combination of influences backed up with a hard-hitting sound. Sadly, their melody and riff writing could be a bit more adventurous.

Nervous – “Good Morning”

Oakland hardcore punk act Nervous has its self-titled debut full-length scheduled to drop on September 24 via San Francisco’s Twelve Gauge Records. Considering how rough and wild the band’s approach is, it should be no surprise that one of the group’s members plays with Loma Prieta, too. Above, you can pre-order the album on 12″ as well as stream its anthemic opening track “Good Morning.”

Modern Life Is War – Fever Hunting

Modern Life Is War’s latest album sounds like the band’s four-year hiatus never really happened.


Illustrations – In Vain

The new album from San Antonio hardcore outfit, Illustrations, is now available to stream and download via bandcamp. In Vain is an onslaught of caustic death metal growls, bonecrushing guitar riffs, and unrelenting percussion; all executed with exemplary punk breeziness. Give it a listen above!

Jungbluth – Part Ache

With all of the skramz revivalism floating around the Internet these days, it was only a matter of time before I was talking about some German screamo, right?

These guys are a Münster-based rock trio, I believe. They’ve lovingly named themselves after WWII activist Karl Jungbluth, too. Their new record is stitled Part Ache–hah, I get it–and the nine tracks they present on this LP have much of what I look for in records of this style: intense vocals, tight playing, anthemic guitars. The added bonus is the album’s mix is pretty dang heavy, too! Give it a stream via the widget above, and enjoy!

Kvelertak – Meir

Kvelertak delivers once again with high energy, solid production, anthemic melodies, catchy choruses, and a tastefully executed blend of influences: rock ‘n’ roll, black metal, hardcore punk, and heavy metal.


Kvelertak – “Månelyst”

Following 2011′s self-titled debut, Norway’s Kvelertak will release their sophomore LP, titled Meir, on March 26th via Roadrunner Records. Above, stream the video for album cut “Månelyst.”

As it was properly introduced by their eponymous record, Kvelertak specializes in a metal/punk crossover brand which bears a potent rock’n'roll energy. Such an aesthetic has not been abandoned on “Månelyst,” which utilizes galvanizing vocals, fist-pumping grooves, busy guitar solos, and driving riffs to create a pummeling yet fun-loving atmosphere. The Fredrick Hana-directed video mirrors this effectively, splicing together a series of horror clips that sometimes veer into endearing camp. If nothing else, the video is commendable for its representation of Kvelertak’s juxtaposition of heaviness against a party-friendly attitude.