REVIEW: No Motiv: Winterlong

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No Motiv hasn’t exactly been active recently; in fact this is the bands first release in about eight years. With that long of a hiatus I know I wasn’t sure how this would turn out, especially since No Motiv has been a band that’s been pretty hit or miss for me. I’d like to say they came back with a vengeance releasing something totally great with Winterlong. Unfortunately I can’t quite do that, Winterlong is pretty much like the band’s career, hit or miss. They’ve got some really good songs on here, and some that aren’t too great. The up side to that is there isn’t anything really bad on here, though you’re most likely going to do some track skipping. However for every song that’s not that great like ‘Beginning From The End’ there’s a really good song like ‘Once Again Sundays’. I wouldn’t say you need to run out and buy this today, but if you’ve been a No Motiv fan, you should go ahead and check this out. If you’re new to No Motiv I wouldn’t recommend this as a starter, I’d say this is more of the type of release you check out more in the middle of the road.

1. Beginning From The End
2. Bled
3. Once Again Sundays
4. Dead As The Day
5. In You
6. Deathwish

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REVIEW: Pujol: How High b/w Sliderz

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Here’s a single by Pujol, it’s an odd name for an odd band. Luckily that’s odd in a good way. This single gives you two pretty good garage rock songs that’ll get you through about five minutes of your day, it’s not much but it’s a nice break from real life to go into the Pujol world. And I say that because that’s kind of what it’s like listening to these songs, you somehow transcend into the record, fuck the real world, I’m gonna go hang out with Pujol. These two songs couldn’t be more different, the first is pretty spot on titled ‘How High’ because it’s a like some sort of high when you’re listening to it. The B side ‘Sliderz’ is equally as good but it’s like the band was possessed or let Alice Cooper join. Both of these songs are great for two totally different reasons. This single will pull a weird variety of people in, from the punk rockers, to the potheads, to the metal heads, there’s a bit of something for everybody here, but at the same time it seems like only a select few will really get into it.

1. How High
2. Sliderz

REVIEW: Ridgemont: Colder Days

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Colder Days is the album by Ridgemont, it’s out on Mindless Records, Kiss of Death Records, and Mission Social Club and I’d recommend you get yourself a copy. They’ve got fourteen punk rock songs that will fill the void you’ve had empty in your punk rock heart for a long time. They don’t try to mess around and get too fancy; they just give you some quality punk rock songs to fill your ears with. The only thing I’d heard from this band previously was their demo and I’ve gotta say they’ve improved immensely from that demo. The band is tighter, but hasn’t lost that core that makes me like them so much, the songs are better and there’s plenty more of them to like. Over all these guys sound like they’ve gotten their act together more than they had on the demo but the sounds still sound like they’re just having fun playing them, and that definitely transitions to you having fun listening to them. The songs on this album sound like they’d be great to hear live; every one of them has that two minute party feel. I think things are simple with Ridgemont, if you like punk; you should give this album a listen.

1. No Cream, No Sugar
2. Origins & Endings
3. Dissociated
4. John Cusack, Eat Your Heart Out
5. What Kind of Fucking Family…?
6. Stop Breaking the Law, Asshole
7. Dopes and Schemes
8. Oh, Fishsticks!
9. 8 Hopewell Road
10. Dumpster Chuck
11. Some Little ‘filly’ Break Your Heart?
12. Heads: Boston, Tails: Boulder
13. Bass Chords Would Work Well Here
14. The Fucking Basement Flooded

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REVIEW: The Raid: Redemption

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I like action movies, I love martial arts movies, but rarely does one come along that just leaves me blown away. It’s been seven years since ‘Tom yum goong’ did that so I was ready to be wowed again. Well The Raid: Redemption did not disappoint. Gareth Evans wrote and directed this and it stars a bunch of guys who I’d like to see get their own movies. Basically what we’ve got here is a task force comes down on an apartment building which is controlled by a crime lord, their object is to put a giant dent on crime in the region by arresting as many baddies as they can and take down the big man. Shit goes wrong pretty quickly and they find themselves in a fight for their lives. As many action movies, there’s not a real intricate plot, but there’s a few twists that I won’t give away here, instead I’ll focus on the meat of the movie, the action. This has some of the best fight scenes I’ve seen in years. Cops vs apartment gangs with machetes, amazing hand to hand fights, with crazy throws everywhere, and some of the best martial arts with guns moves I’ve ever seen. The movie is pretty violent to say the least, though it’s not a total gore fest, there’s plenty of cringe moments, and there is for sure lots of shots to the heads shows, but they also know you can’t just throw gore at people all the time or it’ll get boring, so there’s plenty of cuts that let your brain do the effects work for you. There’s great use of the various floors of the building along with pretty much anything they can find, I think during the entire movie there’s maybe three minutes where there isn’t something happening. There was one fight in particular I almost gave a standing ovation to right in the middle of the theater. I’m glad to see the success of this movie hasn’t gone unnoticed. The original title of this was simply The Raid, but you may have noticed it was changed and added the Redemption part. This is due to the fact that we are now going to get a trilogy, which I’m thrilled about. However success isn’t always all good, even though the movie is pretty new they’re already attempting to do a U.S. remake, which I am not so thrilled about. If you like action and martial arts movies this is a total must see for you. Fans of Jackie Chan and Tony Jaa sink your teeth into the Raid as soon as possible.

Get The Raid: Redemption from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: Ridgemount: Demo 2010

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Ridgemount is a punk rock band; this is their demo from 2010. It’s got four songs chopped full of punk rock goodness. This is clearly a demo, which I say due to the quality of the recordings. They’re not bad but they’re demo quality is all. If you’re tired of punk bands being part of all these different sub-genre’s and want your punk rock to sound like punk rock then Ridgemount is what you’re searching for.

‘Downtown Shut Out’ You’re standard punk song, and by that I don’t mean it as an insult. More along the lines of this is what I think of when I think punk rock. All the way through its punk rock to the core.
‘Thick As Thieves’ We’ve got a kind of slow/weird into on this one that I don’t really care of, but that’s ok because it doesn’t last too long. After just a big Ridgemont slips into that punk sound that I love oh so much. They also have a good display of what I assume are two vocalists here.
‘Intellectuals Anonymous’ Again with the odd intro on this song, though this intro seems like something that would be at the start of a Blink-182 song. The intro is actually way more than that; it lasts about half the song until the punk rock kicks in. This is by far the weakest song on here; I’d say it’s about average as far as punk songs go.
‘Science And The Founding Fathers’ Closing things out is the best song out of the four. It’s fast, its fun, and it’s everything I love. They do an acoustic version of this along with some other songs later on down the line, but I think this is the clearly soupier version of the song.

1. Downtown Shut Out
2. Thick As Thieves
3. Intellectuals Anonymous
4. Science And The Founding Fathers

Get it from Ridgemont HERE

REVIEW: The Hitchcocks: Blood Will Follow

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Like horror movies? Like pop punk? You’ll most likely like the Hitchcocks. As you can tell from the name, they get it right at step one. Most of their songs are horror based; they’re like the pop punk Misfits, without the falling apart and turning to shit part. Here is their 2010 album from Making Believe Records. It’s got lucky number thirteen songs of their own and they also add in a Teenage Bottlerocket cover (A Bomb), which they do very well. I’ve gotta give the edge to TBR still having the better version of the song but The Hitchcocks really give them a run for their money. If you wish the Misfits were a pop punk band then The Hitchcocks is the band for you, and Blood Will Follow is a great place to start with them. I mean how could it not be with an opening track called ‘Werewolf’?

1. Werewolf
2. The Fallen Ones
3. Lust For Blood
4. Cold Blooded Killers
5. Renegade
6. Rise From The Dead
7. House Of The Dead
8. Radioactive
9. Space Invaders
10. A Bomb
11. Dead To Me
12. Blood Will Follow
13. U.F.O.
14. Locked And Loaded

Get it from Making Believe Records HERE

REVIEW: The Cabin in the Woods

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On the surface there isn’t anything too original going on here. Your standard group of teenagers that includes the dumb whore blond, the jock, the nerd, the ‘virgin’ girl and the stoner go to the woods and horror ensues. Not too original but that’s the way I tend to like my horror movies. However there’s a flip side to this, they’re being monitored by a group to ensure they don’t survive their vacation. Going in I didn’t expect a greatly amazing movie, I figured it’d be alright, a decent horror movie and hopefully some fun. And from the previews I expected the secret group behind the scenes might ruin things for me. As it turns out the things I was worried about was the best part of the movie. It was obvious they were taking the same old movie standard and trying to give it a new spin but I didn’t expect them to pull it off so well. I enjoyed the hell out of this movie; I thought it was great fun. There are even a few faces you’ll recognize (Richard Jenkins, Chris Hemsworth, Bradley Whitford). I’d highly recommend this movie to anyone that has good taste in horror movies, you’ll have a blast.

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