Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Combat Zone

When I saw Utopia Banished state that this may be the LP of the year, I immediately ran over and placed my order at Side Two Records to get a clear vinyl copy out of /100 (which is surprisingly still available!) Right in line with most of the other Boston revival stuff, these guys don't vary too much from there Boston brethren Peacebreakers and Boston Strangler. I would absolutely agree with Utopia Banished that this will go down as one of the best releases of the year. It has just the right amount of knuckle dragging sing along Oi! influence. Although this style is becoming common place in hardcore, The Combat Zone just seem to play it a little better than everyone else right now. 

Awesome fold out with the lyrics. On a side note, one thing drove me crazy about this release was the cover art. As a firearms enthusiast I am all about safety, and to see them pointing AR-15's at each other with their fingers on the trigger shows that 1) they are irresponsible and probably have little to no experience with firearms and 2) whoever let them borrow these weapons is an idiot for not having them at least index their fingers when pointing them around at each other. I know it's only an album cover, and a punk rock album cover to boot, but I can't help it that it bugs the shit out of me and makes me not even want to look at the cover. 

Here is a funny ass video. This is why you always assume the weapon is loaded and you keep your finger off the trigger kiddies!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

How the Gods Chill

Here is Cold World's latest LP, "How the Gods Chill". As you can see, it has a nearly identical layout to their last LP. Cold World has always been one of my favorite bands. Needless to say, I was really excited about this release but somehow I missed out on the most limited color. What a fail.

Now down to the record. I have been listening to this pretty much non stop, and it took me a few listens to truly appreciate it. It definitely has a lot more of the Metallica style singing parts then their previous releases, but it is truly an excellent album. This may be Cold World's best stuff yet. The tracks with Kool G Rap and Meyhem Lauren are epic, but I think they should have brought in someone else besides Meyhem Lauren who they've already worked with. I've been dying to see a Cold World/M.O.P. collaboration for a while now. There are a ton of great tracks on this, but "The Real Deal" may replace "Refuse to Lose" as everyones favorite song during live sets. 

Back cover. It is so awesome they brought Kool G Rap, one of the best gangster rappers of all time in on this release. Now they've worked with some of the hardest rappers in the game when you include Sean Price and Kool G Rap. 

Insert front. Apparently all Cold World release art must have little kids and dogs in them. 

Lyrics if you want em, and they are good.

I settled for the clear vinyl over the white vinyl. I'm not sure how many were pressed, but I believe it was pressed on blue as the most limited, then clear and then white. If anyone knows the pressing info please enlighten us in the comments!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Violent Outburst

With members of Mercy Killings and Wasted Time, how could you not like this band? Virgina's Violent Outburst brings the heat with this EP with your typical Hardcore with an Oi! influence that everyone seems to be playing now. But as you know, that shit shit is right up my alley and I don't think it will ever get old. I don't know what it is, but it seems every band with "Violent" in the name is freaking awesome... Violent Future, Violent Reaction, Violent Minds, Violent Situation, Violent End, and now Violent Outburst. You can download it for free and amazingly still buy the limited green out of /100 here.

I appologize that I have been seriously lacking with my posts. I've just been in a lull for a while. If you read this blog, I appreciate it and I will keep it going, it has just been hard for me since I've been working so much lately. Take care.