Tuesday, February 17, 2009

This Guy Is Rippin'

Dyson Ramones - Stereo Teaser.


Monday, February 16, 2009

Want To Contribute?

If you are itching to say something or just want to put something up holla at me, this isn't my personal blogspot THIS IS a webzine and i want to put up more reviews and recommendations and pretty much anything! So if you've got a funny story about a show/tour/bad sex experience/skateboarding or whatever let me know and ill put it up!

You can message me at handrail6@hotmail.com, Or message me on Myspace which you can get to on the link list on the right hand side of the page. Don't forget to say who you are so i can credit it.

My ears are fucked and broken....

Om - Variations On A Theme
Man Is The Bastard - D.I.Y.C.D
Sunn O))) - Domkirke
Burial Hex - Tour EP
Plastician Man - Japan Single

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Remember This?

When I was a kid I went ape shit over Aliens toys, and I guess I still do. I always wanted the Queen playset, I had the Kenner Queen alien, but in terms of size compared to the other figures it was very unrealistic.

Wolves In The Throne Room - Review

Don't be put off! I know it has the word 'Wolves' in the title but don't worry this isn't going to be a 'XO' ridden self loving/loathing article about photography in black and white or pictures from the Divine Comedy so don't push that reset button! I saw Wolves In The Throne Room play on the Monday just gone, and despite having a few technical errors, they were awesome. I'm not going to spout off about how much I love Black Metal, because the truth is I don't listen to that much, and the BM bands I do listen to Ive liked, but in no way do I call myself a NWOBM fan or a Black Metal die hard. Ive just listened to a few records here and there, and its alright stuff.

Back to my main point, which was the show. It was a three band line up and on first were Roman Showers, a relatively new Brighton band. They weren't listed on the flyer so I was completely oblivious to the fact they were playing. I had met the singer at a Mob Rules show a few weeks before and he is a sound dude, with a sweet MITB shirt. They had groove and blast and a bass part that sounded like it was straight from a Sleep track, in a good way. Brighton Crust favourites Fall Of Efrafa return after not playing a show since Battle Of Wolf 359 at the Cowley Club which was like fucking months ago. Starting of with a new epic which was around the 15 minute mark perhaps, but I cant help but feel it was a tad self indulgent, yet bareable. Whilst tuning up Mikey (Bass) and George (Drums) played some filler which, I doubt if it was intentional sounded like that Massive Attack song, you know the genric car advert one. They returned with a fast D-Beat track, off one of their newest record (The one before the lastest release) which gave most punks sore necks the next day.

So as I wrote earlier, WITTR had some technical errors which meant their sampler was feed backing in the moniters creating the worst fucking sound in your ear, so they scraped the intro, which was a let down because I bet it was so awesome. Nevermind. Despite that they had brought a smoke machine and lit lots of candles to create atmoshpere so it was'nt too greater loss. So lights off, candles lit, on with the show. WITTR were incredible, and fuck yeah they played the best song of Two Hunters 'I Will Lay Down My Bones Among the Rocks and Roots' so i was grining my face of, not having anything to do with the joints blazed before hand. Playing tracks of both albums it would have pleased any owner of either both albums or just one of the two releases, for all songs blended into a melody of sweetness and bitter darkness. Fucking two thumbs up!

Good selection of Vinyl and CD on the WITTR table, aswell as a CD distro of other Black Metal bands they had brought with them, General tour shirt with dates back print and the ones you can buy from Southern Lord were also available. Both Two Hunters and Diadem Of 12 Stars were on CD and 12" and a limited edition tour record which was a picture disc. Back patch of the Two Hunters cover was on sale too.
I did'nt check out Fall Of Efrafa's table, I guess i had seen it all before. Roman Showers had no Demos.

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I got WITTR - Diadem Of 12 Stars 12" (First pressing, and theres only three left from the orginal press, go me!) and a shirt, I am now a size medium, I am becoming Man.





Eye Gougers

First of we have a pretty poor representation of UKHC, it makes a few good and pretty obvious points, but it misses out a lot of other types of hardcore bands and mainly just focuses on London's Rucktion bands, and if i watched this not knowing a single thing about hardcore in England i would assume all British hardcore bands sounded like the ones shown in the video. So it should have been called 'London Hardcore'. It misses out hardcore and punks bands like Stamping Ground (They are used in the soundtrack but I think they should of at least focused on that and not the making of Bun Dem Outs 'ground breaking' record) Napalm Death and Discharge, which to me would of been more correct examples of the hardcore punk movement in Britain. It even completly forgot about later bands like On Thin Ice, Abandon ship and even NCF, and thats pushing it! UKHC as a name for the movie suggest the whole entire country loves this style of hardcore, which most people i know dont.

Theres always going to be the on going thing of metal fans hating on hardcore kids for liking Napalm Death, argueing that they are a Death Metal band and in no way are they influenced by American hardcore or punk bands, well hopefully some of this will clear that up. Fuck ignorant metal fans!

Napalm Death - Thrash To Death PT: 1

Napalm Death - Thrash To Death PT: 2


I can see myself playing air guitar to this when im about 40-50 and having my daughther bring her boyfriend home for the first time, and stumbling into the front room whilst im on my knees playing the solo and using the sofa to preform amazing drum fills and having the dog on back up vocals.

Fuck it, if he cant deal with that, then he cant have my daughters snatch to fill. Gutted!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Cold Snap Recomends

Its always kinda fun to know what other people are listening to and if your stuck for new records or bands to listen to its a good way to check out somthing new, so im gonna do this like maybe once every month or two. This week I asked Cold Snap for the records and bands that they are backing hard...But if you dont agree with their choices and think its all shit, just remember that no punks opinion is better than anothers!

Rome -

Cold World - Dedicated To Babies Who Came Feet First
Violation - Possessed 7"
Bad Seed - Demo
World Gone Mad

Syndrome -

Mind Eraser - Consious Unconsious
Infest - No Mans Slave
Violation - Devoured
Iron Age - Constant Struggle
Cro-mags - All

Dave -

Megadeth- Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Cold World- Dedicated To Babies Who Came Feet First
Marauder- Master Killer
Undertow- Control
The Ice

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Chris & Justin From Mind Eraser Q&A

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How did Mind Eraser come together then?

C: Me and Justin stayed up one night in 2003 and made up some songs on a 4track. This eventually became our demo which is not very good, and eventually those songs got recorded on our first album. We started getting different people together to play sometimes and eventually got a stable lineup going after a year or so.

J: Mind Eraser was started by me and Chris Corry in late 2003. we both had similar ideas on music so we decided to collaborate.

Obviosly you have been well connected with other boston area bands, yet Mind eraser dont sound like your typical boston hardcore act, were you the odd band out when playing shows when it all began?

C: I don't think we're all that different really. We're a hardcore band. When we started Think I Care sounded a lot like Paindriver and would play infest and ssd songs at their gigs. Xfiles was playing a lot, they weren't always good but when we started they were. We've never been like the biggest band in the city or anything but people liked us even when we weren't that good.

J: Not really because early on we played a lot of different types of shows with different types of bands so it never felt like that.

Whats the process of putting together your sound, would you say it has musically 'matured' over the releases? For example the new 12" has gotten alot slower yet it still maintains the brutalness of Glacial reign not that didnt have slow parts, but are you gradually changing your sound, or just experimenting?

C: We just write songs and try different shit that seems satisfying. I think the new 7" is our most fast and direct thing.

J: Yeah I think we have expanded our horizons as far as our influences but I still don't think there has been too big of a leap since "glacial reign" to be honest. I think on "cave" we were still trying to find our sound and by the time we recorded GR we kinda knew what we wanted. I think "Conscious Unconscious" was some what of an experiment as far as song length and structure but all the riffs still sound pretty mind eraser to me.

Both your new records have sold out extremly fast, did you ever predict that to happen and were you shocked by how quickly they all went?

C: It was a bit of a surprise, but they weren't huge pressings and large chunks went for distribution so they've only sort of sold out. It's nice that people want to hear what we're up to though. We put some time into those, recorded and mixed ourselves (with some help).

J: I called this shit back in 2003. Nah just kidding. I had no idea and don't really care either way. I'd much rather have the ability to make myself levitate or turn invisible then to sell like 300 records in a few days.

Im going to ask the myspace question, im sure you've been asked lots of times. But if you went back and created one, do you think it would of chagned the bands persona?

C: It's safe to say you are the first to ask how myspace might change our persona. I'd have to see a lot more jpgs that say things like "thanks for the add" and get asked about playing more shows we can't play. I don't really know what our persona is.

J: No I don't think so. Actually I think you were the first person to ever ask me this! If we are going to be judged I'd rather be judged on riff content and abrasiveness.

Are we going to see a Mind Eraser UK tour, is it hard for you guys to do tours? do you have jobs and do they get in the way?

C: I think all of us would like to go to the UK. Really only 2 of us are held down by jobs at this point, the main thing is money. We don't have any and we're not willing to spend much of our own money on the band, or at least more than we do already. If someone wants to buy our plane tix to the UK we would probably be there.

J: I'd love to come to the UK...in fact it's the number one place I'd want to tour to. I'm not making this up. We were gonna go last year with SEX/VID but it fell through due to money issues. Hopefully we can make it happen...

Best show you have been to but not played?

C: Saw the Amebix on friday and they were incredible. Black Sabbath w/ Ronnie James Dio. Poison Idea, Cro Mags, Motorhead. Cold Sweat's probably the best recent band I've seen any time.

J: hmm lets see...trouble, cro-mags, burn, and leeway...it was ONE hell of a show. just kidding, all different shows but all extremely great.

Last record/s you bought?

C: Bought Virus(UK) "Pray For War" lp the other day. You should know that one, they were from the UK.

J: Scarface "Immeritus", the AOD re-issue, and the Sabbath w/ Dio remasterd box

Last words?

C: We had a song called last words on our first lp. Its one of our crappiest songs.

J: see you in the fucking pit.

Hardcore Lives!

It seems to me that the UKHC has pulled its head out of the Earth and remembered how good hardcore was and still is. Though it still has its downers and kids whos hearts arnt all in it, some of us are still loving it. The last few shows ive been too have been fucking great and more and more people are putting on shows, making zines and starting bands and it could'nt be better. With so many kids swaping their records for wax jackets and back issues of Vice, for a while it was a worry that it would never surface again. Its good to still see some of us out there that give a crap.

So more and more of us are getting that feeling you get just behind your ribs and above your stomach when we think about good shows and new records. That is you getting excited about hardcore, again, possibly...but better if you never went off it.

Worthy mentions -

Dead Swans sign to Bridge Nine
No Dice/Sex Dungeon split tape out March
Cold Snap have a new track up on Myspace