REVIEW: Spinal Tap: Back From The Dead

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spinaltapFirst off, let me say how happy I am that Spinal Tap is back. I’ve greatly enjoyed this band sense it came into all of our lives with the brilliant movie/mockumentary. Sense that time they’ve seemed to be a metal version of the Monkees, they started out as a fake band but sense then have released some albums, toured and almost become a real band. Granted they’re not quite as true as the Monkees, but the Monkees never had to deal with finding a new drummer so often. Onward to the album however, we’ve got a CD release with an included DVD packed in with some stand up cutouts and a stage of the band on the inside all capped off with some amazingly badass cover art, how can you not buy this? The DVD is about an hour long and features interviews of the band about each song on the album, it’s pretty good, definitely captures the life of what Spinal Tap has always been about, I’m really happy this was included. The CD is nineteen tracks of Spinal Tap, cranked up to 11 awesomeness. They’ve got some new songs on here mixed in with some classics such as the best fake metal song ever written “Stonehenge”. I think my favorite track on the entire album though is the title cut “Back From The Dead”, it’s really just a fucking awesome song. Anyone who likes the essence of Spinal Tap or metal in general should be hurrying to their local music store to pick up a copy today.

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REVIEW: Hammerlord: Hammerlord

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hammerlordImagine you’re browsing through the CD store, you see a CD with a pretty fucking cool album cover, you go in for a closer look, the name is HAMMERLORD. This is already looking promising, you flip it over, the back cover is even more amazing than the front cover. You flip it back over and a sticker reads “THE NEW LOARDS OF THRASH METAL!!” What do you do? If it’s $9 I think you have to buy it. Granted I normally don’t let stupid stickers reel me in like that but you’ve got to take a chance sometime, and recently my chances have payed off. Only difference is they’re normally at my local record store where the guy running it has good taste, and this was Record and Tape Traders. So did you get burned if you bought this CD? Let me just start out here by saying I think the sticker was marked wrong. It shouldn’t have read “THE NEW LORDS OF THRASH METAL!!” it should been something more along the lines of “THE NEW LORDS OF SHIT METAL!!” This CD is like having diarrhea shoveled into your ear. Half of these songs sound the same, the other half are worse. The vocals sound like Comeback Kid (granted they’re not bad, but they’re not thrash), the music is somewhere mixed up in nu metal, thrash and hardcore, what I like to call a cocktail of shittyness. This has nine tracks on it, luckily we didn’t get into the double digits because not one of them is worth listening to. In fact I’ll admit I haven’t even gotten all the way through more than two songs, I’ve tried, goddamnit how I’ve tried, but it’s just that bad. Take my advice here, it may have a sweet ass cover but save your money for something more enjoyable, like a trip to the dentist.

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REVIEW: Crucial Unit / Municipal Waste – Split

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cusplitcovermwsplitcover-cdFirst let me say if you plan on getting this I highly recommend buying the record over the CD. It’s way artwork that is a thousand times cooler, and the track listing isn’t fucked up. I guess I’ll start here with the Crucial Unit side, personally I hate this band. I know a lot of people that like them, but I’ve only gotten all the way through this side of the record twice. It bores and annoys me, this side is very very rarely listened to. Now the Municipal Waste side, if you build a time machine and sent Municipal Waste back to the 80’s they’d fit right in without missing a beat. Or at least this use to be true. Luckily this split comes from their glory days before they signed to Earache. This mammoth of metal edged thrash is on the respectable Six Weeks Records. This is also my second favorite release by the band and has a lot of my favorite Waste songs. Their side is thrash-o-riffic. It’s so fucking good you won’t even give a rats ass that the other side of the record sucks a dick (ironically this is a lot like how their split with Bad Acid Trip works). If your a fan of thrash and/or partying you must own this.

1. Crucial Unit – Five Inches Of Oppression
2. Crucial Unit – I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For No Screamo
3. Crucial Unit – Nine Hundred Samosas
4. Crucial Unit – Wall Of Death The Chain Of Life
5. Crucial Unit – I Heard May Day Was A Riot
6. Crucial Unit – Scrabble Punx
7. Crucial Unit – Million Dollar Thrash Song
8. Crucial Unit – This Machine Kills Buffets
9. Crucial Unit – Thrashaholics Unanimous
10. Municipal Waste – The Garbage Stomp – Intro
11. Municipal Waste – Wicked Fit
12. Municipal Waste – Poser Disposer
13. Municipal Waste – Chemical Artillery – The Toxic Survival
14. Municipal Waste – Insurance Fraud
15. Municipal Waste – Scantron Clamathon – Detention Mosh Session Pt. 2
16. Municipal Waste – Born To Party
17. Municipal Waste – Abusement Park
18. Municipal Waste – Percys Trip To The Dentist
19. Municipal Waste – Haunted Junkyard

REVIEW: The Ergs! / Lemuria

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erglermTwo bands very popular bands within the pop punk community doing one record together. This release was very eagerly anticipated by many around, I say it delivered. Don’t jump to conclusions though, this delivered because of The Ergs! side of things. They gave us my all time favorite Ergs! song “Introducing Morrissey”, in which it has one of my favorite lines ever “Life is long when your lonely”. This song alone is worth the price of admission. But after that we’re given a cover of “Hey Jealousy”. Yes the Gin Blossoms’s “Hey Jealousy”, now I’m not a fan of the Gin Blossoms at all, but this is a quality written song which I never noticed before. I’m glad The Ergs! gave it life, its a great sing along and actually a great song, despite the original recorders. On the flip side of the record is where the record starts to lack. I like Lemuria, not as much as a lot of people, they took a while to grow on me, but I dig them. This however is not their best effort, possibly even their worst. I’ve given this side of the record multiple listens thinking I might come around to it, much with a lot of Lemuria’s stuff but this just fails to grow on me. Even with that the greatness of The Ergs! side is more than enough to counteract the lacklusterness of the Lemuria side. This was originally a split release with Whoa Oh Records, and Art Of The Underground, both of these have sense been released on The Ergs! compilation record “Hindsight is 20/20, My Friend”. One thing the original has over just getting the compilation is the album art, we get a pretty badass looking purple warthog chilling on a beach somewhere, good stuff.

A1   The Ergs!     Introducing Morrissey
A2   The Ergs!     Hey Jealousy
B1   Lemuria       Little Silver Children
B2   Lemuria       Clean

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REVIEW: SPL: Sha po lang

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SPLDonnie Yen and Sammo Hung team up to make a crime story with Wilson Yip, strap in, this is gonna be good. Here we’ve got a police squad lead by Simon Yam closing in on a big time crime boss played by Sammo. Donnie Yen is the new man in town, he’s coming in to take over the squad, as you might expect this isn’t going too well because the team doesn’t like the new guy taking over. Adding to the complications in order to put Sammo away for good the team of cops decides to frame him, this they’re trying to hide from Donnie. Sammo decides to go on the offence and sends Kenji Tanigaki out as an assassin to take out the team of cops. This in turn triggers the anger of Donnie Yen who doesn’t take too kindly to his new team whom he’s trying to become friends with getting offed, so he decides to go after the assassin and Sammo. This leads to one of the greatest showdowns I’ve ever seen. Once Donnie gets focused he hands out an ass kicking to everyone and asks questions later, making only one mistake when he changes his focus to a bottle of vodka, he may or may not make it past this. The movie contains two endings, one is good the other is great; I’m not going to spoil the end because it works much better as a surprise. If you dig marshal arts movies or crime stories or both you won’t be disappointed with this one.

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REVIEW: Vena Cava/Sick Sick Birds

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sicksickvenaHere we’ve got a two rock/slightly indie bands that sound simular and different at the same time. Maryland’s Sick Sick Birds is comprised of ex-members of the Thumbs along with the talented Vena Cava. I really want to say that the Sick Sick Birds is the best side of the record because the Thumbs were a great band and Sick Sick Birds are really good. But to tell you the truth the Vena Cava side is the best side, not to say either one is bad at all, both are really good, and this is a really solid record.

Vena Cava:
1. Johnnie Walker vs John Cougar
2. Find Myself Missing

Sick Sick Birds:
1. Marathon Monk
2. Debtor’s Prison

Get it from ADD Records HERE

REVIEW: Tom Yum Goong

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TomyumgoongTony Jaa spent over an hour and a half kicking ass in Ong-Bak; it was some of the most amazing shit I’d ever seen. Best thing sense Bruce Lee, with Tom Yum Goong coming out people either wondered if Tony would be a flash in the pan or if this would be amazing as well. Pretty quickly you realize this movie is going to be awesome, someone steals Tony Jaa’s elephant and he is pissed. Out to get his elephant back and destroy anyone in his way I realized this movie actually Ong-Bak’s Ong-Bak about the time Tony is trapped in a room with about fifty guys and solves this problem by quickly breaking the bones of every man in the room. This was the first movie that I watched for the first time, than immediately turned it on and watched it a second time in a row, it’s that fucking good. Back in the director’s seat is the crazy Prachya Pinkaew, most likely 50% of the reason this movie rules so hard (the other 50% of course being Tony himself). There’s not much else I can say about this movie besides just HOLY FUCK! If you liked Ong-Bak, marshal arts movies or just pure ass kicking’s, this movie is a must see, must own.

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