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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: DEMOLITION Bombenhagel CD


February 17th, 2015 by

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Holy shit!!! This is the very definition of a juggernaut! Based on their legacy, the fact that DEMOLITION delivers an incredibly powerful record comes as no surprise…but from the mostly instrumental intro track they drop severe tonnage on Bombenhagel, and the intensity skyrockets from there. The base here is fist-in-the-air anthemic Japanese hardcore but there are overt NYHC elements that fall just short of beatdown breakdowns, and their integration of ’80s heavy fucking metal into the mix is both shameless and brilliant. Even on mid-tempo plodders like “Hail Satan” (which is really little more than a Sunset Strip banger with VENOM vocals) the foot never leaves your throat. A seriously incredible release, taking punks’ flirtations with metal and launching them beyond simple MOTÖRHEAD worship (which is easy), injecting the hooks into jaw dropping Japanese hardcore. The bar just got a little higher, metalpunks—now you’ve got something else to strive for. And again: Holy shit!!
(MCR Company)



Record of the Week: NEGATIVE STANDARDS/WHITEHORSE split LP


January 23rd, 2014 by

NegistanWhitehorseSplitOakland’s NEGATIVE STANDARDS turn in their best slab yet for this split. Despair-laden ambiance and a welcome return to the effective use of samples (an art seemingly left in 1998) crashes headfirst into a full frontal downtuned assault that puts absolutely everything on the table. Their power is in their diversity—both within tracks and between them. File this amongst heavyweights like COUNTERBLAST and SYSTRAL, with notable nods to modern black metal and gratuitous forays into noise interludes. On the flipside, Australia’s long-running doom masters WHITEHORSE do exactly what they do best: they crush you. A full side is sacrificed to one song, an exercise in patience and torture. Painfully slow devastation is tempered with electronic sound manipulations that eventually become the focal point instead of a mere distraction, as key to the overall impact as the guttural vocal bursts that sound like they are being removed from the singer as much as delivered by him. Whirlwind guitar leads start at about the six-minute mark—every time you submit, they add more torment. Dismiss this as another doom band record if you like, but it will be your loss.  (Vendetta Records)

—Robert Collins



Record of the Week: COMPLETED EXPOSITION Structure Space Mankind LP


December 10th, 2013 by

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These maniacs were on the West Coast this past summer, so I pretty much knew what to expect when I dropped the needle…but holy shit is all I can say. A fastcore/powerviolence masterpiece of the highest order, COMPLETED EXPOSITION blasts through twenty tracks on this one-sided slab. Hyperactive Japanese thrash and crushing lows that serve to do little but give you time to breathe before the next installment of fury. I cannot imagine how a band writes this shit; dual vocals and song structures that absolutely defy comprehension. It’s almost impossible to mindlessly rock out while listening — Structure Space Mankind demands complete concentration. This is mind-melting otherworldly psychedelic grind, futuristic fastcore, a legitimately amazing wake-up call to an entire subgenre. “We will continue to search for insatiable quest for Powerviolence. Advance to the next stage, advance to the new dissonance world.” (625 Thrash/Psychocontrol)
—Robert Collins



Record of the Week: CROSS STITCHED EYES Decomposition LP


June 13th, 2012 by

Their first record was really good, but on this release CROSS STITCHED EYES have set the bar into the stratosphere for the legions of punks diving into the world of modern hardcore punk. As steeped in KILLING JOKE and BAUHAUS as the sharp angular attack of early anarcho punk, tracks like “Animation” jerk to and fro with an uncomfortably drunken swagger, while “Suffocation” and “Existence” are undeniable plodding death rock masterpieces. There are still a few songs that bring to mind the RUDIMENTARY PENI comparisons that accompanied their debut, but the highlights of Decomposition are in their ability to make old sounds seem new again—all of the sensibilities of a brilliant ’80s death rock record crammed into a modern DIY box that even the most narrow-minded punks can get behind. A fukkn great record.
(Alternative Tentacles)



Record of the Week: STAR FUCKING HIPSTERS LP


November 3rd, 2011 by

STAR FUCKING HIPSTERS – From the Dumpster to the Grave LP

Let the punk police come and take me away, let them strap me into a straightjacket and gag me on the way out the door, but I will still say that this record is fukkn great. I know it’s been long out of vogue to like ska punk, and NOFX has been passé for even longer, but my facial hair has been out of vogue for longer than most taste makers have had a turntable, so fuck ‘em. I mention NOFX not just because Fat Wreck is responsible for this release, but because STAR FUCKING HIPSTERS have taken the ska/punk hybrid that frontman Sturgeon perfected with his previous bands CHOKING VICTIM and LEFTOVER CRACK and injected into it the high energy ultra catchy hardcore punk that Fat Mike has been slinging for a couple of decades. It works. Rarely do the hours poured into a record make them so evident as they do on this release, but when From the Dumpster veers off on over instrumentalized tangents it never seems trite—it just seems right. This record is nothing if not sincere, and every musical excursion is obviously a path taken by true fans that have become masters at their craft. Brilliant vocal trade-offs dominate many songs, with Nico’s vocals taking a confident lead, and the occasional (but dominant) ska parts are accented by subtly sparse and brilliant keys and horns. If you want cred, then check out this (partial) list of band members and contributors: DEGENERICS, ERGS, NEUROSIS, the COUP, GR’UPS, CONQUEST FOR DEATH, DYSTOPIA, DEADFALL, SOVIETTES…you still need more? Well, then no list would win you over anyway. This is excellent… you might not like it, that decision is purely yours. But awesomeness is a fact. (Fat Wreck Chords)