Ultimate Fakebook and It’s Alive Records free download albums!

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Recently two important (and free) releases somehow slipped past my radar here so I’m giving them a special shout out because everyone needs to know.

The first comes to us from It’s Alive Records, it’s a compilation called Show ‘Em The Hand Vol. I. Thirty five tracks give you a sampling of all the great stuff you can get over at It’s Alive Records, offered up for free at their newly started bandcamp page http://itsaliverecords.bandcamp.com/album/show-em-the-hand-vol-i

Next is a reunion, and a great one at that. Power Pop band Ultimate Fakebook has gotten back together it seems and they’ve offered up a free album for us. Unreleased material, new stuff and a cover is what makes up this. Seventeen tracks that give you almost a full hour of power pop goodness, get your free fix at their site http://www.ufbrocks.com/

REVIEW: Evil Offering: Wake Up for Another Nightmare

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Underground Defenders Prods are the guys bringing us these ten tracks of thrash metal. The first thing I notice before I even start to listen to this album is the cover. This is the first album cover in a while that I’ve actually stopped for a second and thought ‘woah, that’s badass’. The first thing I notice when listening is the recording quality, it’s pretty bad, but I’ve heard worse. But if you’re a trash fan you’ll recognize the sound, Hirax, Whiplash, Slayer, Municipal Waste, it’s all there. The whole album sounds less like a thrash band’s album and more like a fan’s tribute to thrash. With some better recordings this could be a top 10 album of the year.

‘Enemy’ Sounds like a lost Slayer song, the recording helps with this. They’ve got better solos than Slayer though.
‘The Rest’ More of that old thrash sound, this one is a little more paved over than the previous though.
‘Heretic Cult’ This song pretty much rules, its like Whiplash and Municipal waste formed a super group.
‘Burn With Me’ Metal song, metal riffs, metal lyrics, this song is metal as fuck!
‘Cold Blood’ More Slayer fanfare, right down to the solo.
‘W.U.F.A.N’ I’m not sure what it is about this song but it doesn’t really pop out like the rest of them, I’d say it comes up flat but I don’t want to imply that it’s a bad song.
‘Thrashing Madness’ Ah this might be my favorite song on here, its thrashoriffic!
‘Third World Mediocrity’ Sounds like the thrash version of a dinosaur stalking, hunting and destroying its pray.
‘Collective Psychosis’ Good name for this song, it’s just whirling insanity.
‘Sweet Creatures’ Nice way to wrap things up, this song has some of the slow break downs and some sweet solos, a combo which I’m normally not a giant fan of but it works really well here.

1. Enemy
2. The Rest
3. Heretic Cult
4. Burn With Me
5. Cold Blood
6. W.U.F.A.N
7. Thrashing Madness
8. Third World Mediocrity
9. Collective Psychosis
10. Sweet Creatures

Weekly Label Profile: Grave Mistake Records

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Name: Grave Mistake Records
Lifespan: 2002-Current
Web Site: http://www.gravemistakerecords.com/
Notable Releases/Bands: The Ergs!, The Ladies, Psyched to Die, Government Warning, Cloak/Dagger, Deep Sleep, Iron Boots, Set to Explode, Ruiner, Looks Like Rain, The Infamous
Hailing from Richmond, VA they mainly put out hardcore bands from around the area, but will branch out when needed. If you’re looking for a good hardcore record or just a good straight up punk record you should stop by and look at what Grave Mistake has to offer. And they’re good dudes.

REVIEW: The A-Team Movie

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So the classic action TV show The A-Team has been made into a movie. Leading up this thing is the Director of Narc, Smokin’ Aces, and Smokin’ Aces 2; Joe Carnahan. Also thrown in is the sexy Jessica Biel but the meat of this thing is the team, the fuckin A-Team. Well here’s who we’ve got. Bradley Cooper will be playing Face, you know Bradly from the Hangover and He’s Just Not That Into You. MMA and UFC badass Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson will be taking MR. T’s legendary spot as B.A. Baracus. Murdock we’ve got new comer Sharlto Copley, if you haven’t seen District 9 you most likely have no idea who he is. And last but not least the amazing Liam Neeson from Taken, Star Wars Episode I and Darkman is our Hannibal. The van is there, but not much, in fact there’s an extreme lack of van. Alright so I went into this thinking it was going to be a pretty shitty rendition of the A-Team but possibly a pretty fun action movie. What I got was a half way decent A-Team and a super fucking fun action movie. This was basically everything I hoped it would be but didn’t expect it to live up to. I wouldn’t just niche this and say check it out if you like the A-Team, instead I’ll say if you’re a fan of stupid fun action movies this is a must see.

Get The A-Team from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: The Measure [sa] & New Bruises Split

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Kiss of Death Records brings together The Measure [sa] & New Bruises for a split 7″. Four songs by The Measure [sa] and three by New Bruises. The Measure [sa]’s side is full of good stuff but slightly different from most of their previous releases, but not by much you can still tell it’s them even by a casual listen. This is the first time I’ve heard New Bruises and holy shit was I in for a surprise, these guys are incredible. This is two great bands doing one great split, go buy it, now.

‘Powerlines’ You’re classic Measure song, upbeat, quick, it’s a damn good song. And a great intro for this, makes me want more.
‘Ruby is a Punk’ Woah this song is way faster than they should be. Pretty much a hardcore song, I was pretty offput at first but it grew on my pretty fast. By the end of the song I was a fan.
‘Do The Hustle II’ This might be my favorite Measure song on the record, I’m going to be listening to it a lot.
‘Response’ More of that speed injected into the band, but this is more of a hard rock song than their previous hardcore venture. Also a great song though, I have a lotta fun listening to it.
‘The New Black’ First song I’ve ever heard by this band, and I like it, a lot. This song is so good I was looking up other stuff to buy from them before it was even over. Possibly my favorite song on the record.
‘Grasping At Straws’ More good stuff from these guys, this song sounds like it’s straight out of Gainesville.
‘More Metal (MCFNJ)’ This is the third best song on the New Bruises side, and note I say third best, not the worst, because it, like the rest of the record is fucking great. Everyone should go buy this right now.

The Measure [sa]
1. Powerlines
2. Ruby is a Punk
3. Do The Hustle II
4. Response

New Bruises
5. The New Black
6. Grasping At Straws
7. More Metal (MCFNJ)

Weekly Band Profile: The Bonesaw Romance

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Name: The Bonesaw Romance
From: Buffalo
Web Site: www.myspace.com/bonesawromance
Lifespan: 2006-Current
Genre: Rock
Best Release/Only: Self titled
Punk rocker and all around great dude Scott Reynolds has many projects, all of them are great. this one he teamed up with Aaron Ratajczak, Nick Gonzalez and Jay Galvin to form this hard rock band. Described by himself as “Black Sabbath and Black Flag” sound, the album is full of sweet solos, angry bass lines and fun lyrics, as you might guess from the band’s song ‘Much Mega Douche Fuck’. The album is great hard rock fun and even features a cover of ‘Fire’. Good stuff, too bad they and released this album than pretty much disappeared, I hope to see them resurface sometime, and play a gig near me.

REVIEW: Batman Under The Red Hood

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DC is back with another animated comic book movie, this time we’re back to everyone’s favorite animated DC hero, Batman. The animation style is very ‘the animated series’ style that we should all be use to but it’s got an updated shine to it. This concentrates around the red hood and black mask arc of the comics so if you’ve been reading Batman the past two years you should know the story. And because of the Jason Todd involvement the movie opens up with the Joker beating the shit out of Robin with a crowbar, which is pretty badass. Oddly though when this is happening Robin is wearing the current Robin style suit not the classic which he also appears in the movie, so I was pretty confused for a bit on whether or not this was actually Jason Todd. The movie is about an hour and fifteen minutes which normally I’d say it too short but for this it’s the perfect length; it told the whole story without leaving things out or seeming to drag. The only real complaint I almost have is the Joker. This is not the classic look you’d expect from the animated series style nor is the voice done by Mark Hamill, instead we have veteran voice actor John Di Maggio who you’ll most likely know most notably from Futurama as Bender. Now I’m not sure which I dislike more, the changes for the Joker or the fact that I don’t really mind them. Either way this is another hit for the DC animated movies, we have another great Batman movie for all to enjoy.

Get Batman: Under the Red Hood from Amazon HERE

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