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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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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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Reissue of the Week: Moskwa


June 25th, 2015 by

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I couldn’t be happier holding this long overdue reissue of MOSKWA’s awesome 1986 cassette. This recording sees them at their most ferocious. Blazing tempos and high-pitched and insane sounding guitars give MOSKWA a sound of their own among other Polish punk heroes like DEZERTER, TZN XENNA, POST REGIMENT, and REJESTRACJA. The chord progressions and snarled vocal melodies on here indicate a strong talent for songwriting. The recording is so hot and raw and grips me in such a unique way. The default pace is so fast and furious, but then these strong mid-paced songs like “Za Kratami” and “Problem” really stand out as the best. This high-quality reish comes with a nice looking booklet containing translated lyrics and lots of great photos of these guys and their big hair. You don’t need every one of those gazillion reissues of every obscure ’80s punk release, but you really do need this one. (Matt Badenhop)

(Warsaw Pact)



Reissue of the Week: Flag of Democracy


June 16th, 2015 by

FLAG OF DEMOCRACY – “Love Songs” EP
Ah yes, killer reish here of the second best record to ever emerge from the City of Brotherly Love. (YDI 7” is number one if you were curious.) Anyway, F.O.D. seems to have gotten an unfair shake on account of being a “funny band,” and for pressing on far past their peak, but this six-songer is prime, ’80s East Coast suburban, lawn-mowing, hardcore thrash at its finest, a perfect kindred spirit with ADRENALIN O.D. The hyper-speed, snappy thrashers that fill the grooves of this 7” are a crucial piece of the ’80s American hardcore puzzle that definitely need to be digested more than once if you fancy such things. (Justin Briggs)
(SRA)

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Since we got sent a giant stack o’ F.O.D reissues which are all reviewed in the new MRR so I thought I’d dig around and find an older mention in ye olde MRR archive… (Taken from issue #5)  You can take a listen to this tape right here courtesy of SRA Records



Reissue of the Week: Blast


June 10th, 2015 by

BLAST – “Damned Flame/Hope” EP
Teeheehee. I think I got the sleeper grail this month. I been hearing little dudes chatting up the chatrooms on this early ’70s Belgium proto-bonz these last couple months, I guess the OG 7” gets dat fancy Euro coin when it pops up on eBay every other five years. The cover is uber crude mystery skull with green eyes, what else do you need to know?! Oh yeah, the music. I had to review some other French “proto-punk grail” a couple months ago but I don’t even remember what that noise was called. BLAST is
Thee Shit. Heavy as fuck, right where most ’70s proto jams cannot deliver—this shit is hella doomy overblown unrelenting proto-metal, proto-punk, proto-kick-your-skull-in aggro business with broken Engrish that may as well be from Japan circa 1983. If you are not convinced, you just need to crank the volume up. Super ill fold-out photo/history booklet tops it off. Sick!! (Graham Booth)
(Death Vault)

(technically sold out at the label but check distros!)



Record of the Week: LAST SONS OF KRYPTON Teenage Trash LP


May 12th, 2015 by

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This band has managed to ride a glowing Tim Yo record review from nearly 20 years ago into the realm of near-legend. Surprisingly, that debut 7” is one I still count amongst my faves of the era, worthy of being mentioned alongside REATARDS, LOLI AND THE CHONES and EPILEPTIX when it comes to primitive, shitty-teenager punk rock. And Wisconsin’s LAST SONS OF KRYPTON may be the shittiest teenagers of them all—at least that’s the case this long-overdue LP is making. Every one of the twenty tunes collected here represents a life’s work for some true teenage fuck-ups, and the quality of the racket is generally higher than it has any real right to be. Their sensitivities and “worldview” couldn’t be any lower though, offering up some kind of perverse balance that keeps them punk boneheads until death. Whatever. A gang of insufferable, bratty and delinquent assholes making a racket outta sheer frustration and hatred of their lives and surroundings is always gonna be punker than shit, and LAST SONS OF KRYPTON fit that bill perfectly. True teenage assholery on display…waste no time in acquiring a copy of your own!
(Certified PR)



Reissue of the Week: SOBERANÍA PERSONAL Benditos Sean Muñecos Que Pegan LP


April 27th, 2015 by

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This impressive slice of underground music history was released on 200 tapes in Buenos Aires in 1988, never having enjoyed the vinyl format until now. I must say, definitely better late than never. Playing an early hardcore style that hasn’t forgotten its punk roots, SOBERANÍA PERSONAL is like the convergence of GRB and the BAGS. “En Verdad es una Gran Verdad,” on the other hand, is a haunting and slow punk-metal sermon with the reverb cranked up. The powerful and dynamic female vocals are really incredible on this record. At times the riffs recall DISCHARGE infused with enticing bass melodies such as in my favorite track so far, “Maskavidrio.” The influence of the irreverent snark of LA POLLA RECORDS is also well played and detectable through their cover of “Socios a la Fuerza” and their band name, which is derived from one of the legendary Spanish punk group’s verses. From the insert it’s evident that this band also ran in the same circles as their friends ATTAQUE 77. In fact, my second favorite song on the record, “Falsas Esperanzas,” is a cover of ATTAQUE 77’s parallel hardcore project DEFENSA Y JUSTICIA, which was already defunct at the time of recording this tape. The intelligent lyrics delve deep into the frustration, anger, and disenchantment that coming of age during the bloody Argentine military dictatorship would entail, paired with a searing indictment of machismo in “Supermacho.” Props to the Metadona label who also pressed the QLOAQA LETAL tape onto wax last year, saving both bands from the dustbin of punk history. So recommended!
(Metadona)

— Lena