Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Unclench Araby Review

This was originally published in 1998 in issue 13 of Married Punks.

Unclench Araby

Unclench is back!  (Though the band is no more.)  With new songs, old songs and new members, this band is/was stronger than ever.  I kid you not, Unclench is becoming my favorite hardcore band.  It's raw, powerful, intelligent and driven.  Unclench is everything a hardcore band should be.

I could go on and say things about a full-length release being needed, but that's pointless now.  Mark my words, though, this band is incredible.  Check it out, and thank me later.  Hell, one of my columnists threatened to sue me if the band sucked, and I don't have legal papers before me, so figure it out yourself.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Unbelievable Jolly Machine 7" Review

This was originally published in issue 13 of Married Punks from 1998.

Unbelievable Jolly Machine 7"

UJM does the theme song for the Scud video game.  Neat.

That said, this seven inch moves!  I liked it even better than the Flap Jack CD.

The music, which reminds me of several different bands, though I can't put my finger on a single one, is energetic, schizo and fascinating.  Both of the songs ("Bitter" and "This is My Life") were like a fine Italian meal.  Filling.  Tasty.  A smooth blend of flavors.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Todos Tus Muertos Review

This was originally published in issue 13 of Married Punks from 1998.

Todos Tus Muertos Argentina to Asesina

"Argentina Will Kill Ya" is the translation of this CD's title.  If Argentina doesn't do the job, Todos Tus Muertos will.  This live CD has 14 tracks of pure firepower that encompasses punk, reggae and beats from the band's home country.  This group is angry and political, just how a good band should be

One of my favorite songs, "Dale Aborigen" is here too, which makes this even more necessary to true music fans and revolutionaries.

Grita! makes magic again.

*Grita is the band's label.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Training for Utopia Review

This was originally published in issue 13 of Married Punks from 1998.

Training for Utopia Plastic Soul Impalement

If you notice the record label [Tooth & Nail Records], you may have an inkling of what drives this band: God!

Forget that.  God doesn't matter.  He's a myth.  The music on this release, however, is far from a fairy tale.  It's hard hitting, in your face, screaming, industrial metal.  It's powerful and pulls no punches.  There's a bit of a spiritual message to the lyrics, sure, but nothing I couldn't handle.  "Single Handed Attempt at Revolution" even takes a nice swipe at Marilyn Manson.  Take my advice, Training for Utopia, Satanism is just as ridiculous as Christianity.  The two are interwoven, yes, and Satanism is wrong and weak, but only because it links itself to Christianity at some points.

Overall, an excellent release.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Nothing Men Out in Paperback

Nothing Men is finally out in paperback.  If anyone is interested in obtaining an autographed copy, please contact me. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Third Harmonic Distortion Review

This was originally published in issue 13 of Married Punks from 1998.

Third Harmonic Distortion

Like noisy guitars?  Like feedback?  Like emotional vocals?  Like to hear "Psycho Killer" from Talking Heads covered?  Like people that get ungodly sounds from their instruments?  Well, I do.  Therefore, I like Third Harmonic Distortion.  I'm not a big fan of having to search for hidden tracks, though, so that's a complaint, but my only one.

A lot of people have compared this band to Fugazi.  I wouldn't go that far, but if you dig Fugazi's sound, you just may like this.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Space Cookie Your CD Collection Still Sucks Review

This was originally published in issue 13 of Married Punks, published in 1998.

Space Cookie Your CD Collection Still Sucks

This CD is a collection of rare songs and out of circulation 7"s bearing the Space Cookie name.  Interesting.  It seems that I've been missing out on some decent punk rock.

At times, there are hints of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, and at others, Rancid, but with more balls, for lack of a better word.  Great get-your-ass moving music that belongs in your CD player.

I don't, however, think that every song is a classic.  Instead of dwelling on that though, listen to "Surfstoff," "Dreamtime" and "Gun, Butts and Glory."  Those are the stand-out tunes.