November 8, 2019

AGNOSTIC FRONT, "Get Loud"



A Godfather figure is understood to be a purveyor of genre; a pioneer in a particular realm of creation. Perhaps more importantly, and after over 3 decades molding the Hardcore realm, AGNOSTIC FRONT have protected and nurtured Hardcore music in such a way that it still exists healthily & in its proper form, today. As a band that has cultivated their reputation with honesty, and that prioritizes affirming their social messages to the world, "Get Loud!" is well suited as the title for their 12th, full length studio album. Although the sociopolitical climate has transformed considerably since the release of the "United Blood" EP in 1983, the basic concepts of political corruption and social unrest have only been enhanced, and with them the fuel on AGNOSTIC FRONT’s fire. “We’ve always had a voice; had a lot to say. We’re always screaming for a change” says frontman Roger Miret. “Speak up, get loud, say what you have to say. Be the change you want to see in the world. You can’t change the whole thing, but you can make little differences that will matter, eventually.”

For such a memorable album, the reappearance of CAUSE FOR ALARM artist Sean Taggart was vital in order to deliver a piece of art that perfectly combined the old school with the current state of the world. Bringing the CFA characters back to life in a new age, the artwork will be familiar to AGNOSTIC FRONT fans the world over, but still maintains a modern freshness. When CFA was initially released in 1986 it was a distinguished and prosperous time for the world of Hardcore, and it is that time, and that vibe, that this album aspires to reassert.

"Get Loud!" is compiled of 14 tracks that are nothing short of classic, home grown, New York Hardcore, but still includes some thrashy and punky variety. The title track carries a common message for the entire album. It’s a moody and riveting version of “speak up, aren’t you sick of the same day to day routine? It’s time to make that change and stop climbing up that same exact wall. That’s what "Get Loud!" is all about.” says Miret. Songs like ‘I Remember’ are important glimpses into the lives of the men of AGNOSTIC FRONT and thus tie in strongly with their recent release of Ian McFarland’s Documentary: “The Godfathers Of Hardcore” (2017). Although it was written after the release of the film, the track serves almost as a theme song for the documentary in which Miret and founding guitarist Vinnie Stigma recall their pasts and their most groundbreaking records; even first meeting one another. Songs like ‘Conquer And Divide’ speak to the current state of where we as humans are today. “It’s like all the government has ever wanted is to divide the people, and then come in and conquer. I see it happening today; social media is a huge let down in that way. Now everyone has a voice, and I get it, but I can’t believe how quickly some people are willing to jump headfirst into something that doesn’t care about them” Miret explains. “Power of expression, power of the mind, freedom of speech, live free or die, stand up and resist, gotta fight to exist, break down the walls that divide.”


September 16, 2019

DETOXI, "Death Of A Nation"

Post-Punk Deathrock with an English vibe from Ventura, California featuring members of MAäSK and Catholic Spit. Digging deeper into more of a New Wave sound here, but still harvesting a lot of the dark punk influence from their previous bands. Fans of The Damned and TSOL won't be disappointed.





July 31, 2019

ENFORCED, "At The Walls" (WAR Records)

ENFORCED, "At The Walls" (WAR Records) LP introduces 2 brand new songs and features a remixed and remastered version of their 2017 Demo and the "Retaliation" promo. All tracks were recorded by Bob Quirk and mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Cavalera Conspiracy, Candy). You may also recognize the yelling of Dwid Hellion (Integrity, Psywarfare) who provides guest vocals to the track "Skinned Alive" and who also created the apocalyptic album artwork.

Upon first listen, you'll quickly catch a late 80's Hardcore/Thrash Crossover vibe picking up familiar influences from Slayer, Exodus, Cro-Mags, and the aforementioned Integrity. However, with a personality and sound unto themselves—due in part to their maniacal vocal delivery, crushing breakdowns, and overall sheer energy from track to track—don't be surprised to see this name more in coming years.

Although it only teases you with a minimal amount of new material, the addition of the revamped demo tracks round this release out extremely well and definitely makes for a very cohesive and addictive listen.






July 25, 2019

YATRA, "Death Ritual"

YATRA consider their sound to be "darkly spiritual" including familiar elements of Doom, a heavy and slow rhythm section blanketed with thick, syrupy riffs, and Black Metal style vocals. Described as "a journey into mountainous sound, transcending into the deep forests of primeval times.". Recently signed to STB Records, expecting a killer full length to follow.