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AQUARIUM by Martin Sorrondeguy

MRR Radio #1579 • 10/15/17

Strace and Strayla vote MITCH CARDWELL for President of Punk.  Intro song: AQUARIUM - Human Current Sounds from the New Bins MR. WRONG - ...

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Secreto Público

MRR Radio #1578 • 10/8/17

Matt is joined by Ben and Claudia for just another hour of the best new punk and hardcore worldwide! Intro ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #414 • Nov 2017

Are y'all ready for Maximum Rocknroll #414? Our November 2017 issue will teach you a thing or two all about ...

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Flipper rules, OK?

MRR Radio #1577 • 10/1/17

Phillip Greenlief spent an afternoon in the stacks. This is what he came up with. BAD RELIGION - You Are the ...

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Jackal (photo by Zack Rogers)

New Blood! ESCØRT, WITCHTRIAL, JACKAL, VANTA, and UNIVERSAL PEACE

“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, ...

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Record of the Week: CONCRETE CROSS LP


August 27th, 2013 by

Concrete_CrossJeezus, I really wasn’t expectin’ this. When I saw these guys in NYC a few years back, they didn’t really knock my socks off, but this LP sure does. Unlike the current crop of NY bands, CONCRETE CROSS includes folks who have been at it for more than a few years. And it really shows, because there’s a lot going on in these songs—searing leads, nuanced song structures and some cool interplay between the instruments—yet they execute it with a raging dexterity that few hardcore bands (in the States, at least) can match. I’m reminded of a number of metallic- yet-thoroughly-punk bands of old—particularly Animosity era COC and Return of Martha Splatterhead era ACCUSED (especially the vocals)—but no comparisons really hit the mark, as the complete package shines with a personality all its own. CONCRETE CROSS may not be one of the cool bands in New York’s fast-paced—and, dare I say, trendy?—punk scene, but they’re excellent and I hope this review sees them getting recognition for this impressive LP. (Man In Decline)



Record of the Week: STRIPMINES Sympathy Rations EP


May 13th, 2011 by

Goddamn, this is one heavy and hateful record. Unlike many of their contemporaries, North Carolina’s STRIPMINES avoid easy categorization, opting instead for a mix of hardcore styles that is simultaneously simple and complex. Throughout the record, they balance fast, downbeat hardcore à la TOTALITÄR and crushing, mid-paced mosh parts like WASTED TIME to brutal and refreshing effect. (Both of these comparisons come from the Sorry State description, but they really are very appropriate.) What I like most is that the entire band contributes something unique that makes each song stand out from the pack. The vocals are uncommonly harsh, the drums are tight and rough, and the bass lines and guitar leads (especially on “Turn My Back,” which is probably my fave on here) are creative and unique. If you’re tired of records that go nowhere or recycle the same ideas, this is for you. Highly recommended. (Sorry State Records)



Video of the Week: Les Oreilles Qui Saignent


September 30th, 2010 by

It’s not everyday that you come across a well-produced video zine, let alone a French “video psychedelic punk rock fanzine,” but that’s exactly what we have here, and for the most part, it’s is a fun and worthwhile watch. Les Oreilles Qui Saignent (“Bleeding Ears” in English) features footage from touring bands like GOVERNMENT WARNING, SURRENDER, SHITTY LIMITS, and the WANKYS, as well as homegrown French bands like DAILY O.D., who play catchy, female-fronted punk, rough and crusty hardcore from CHAOS ZZZ, noise-mongers WARNING/WARNING, and dis-core from STATE POISON (who, frustratingly, are filmed playing in front a DESTINO FINAL banner, but there’s no DF footage!) All of this is regularly interspersed with videos of bands from days gone by like the (French) DOGS, FLIPPER, and POISON GIRLS, plus riots, death and destruction, French news reports, commercials, Japanese horror films, and other punk rock stuff. The in-between footage gets a bit tedious at times, and this whole thing would be infinitely more enjoyable if it slimmed down to less than an hour in length. Nonetheless, there was clearly a lot of love and hard work put into this, and it’s a cool document of these bands and this scene, so if any of the above highlights sound appealing (and there’s a lot to choose from), do yourself a favor and check it out. You can download or watch the whole thing here, or order a DVD by contacting