REVIEW: Mikey Erg: Fucifier

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CoverThis is a Mikey Erg record but it’s nothing like you’re expecting. This is NOT a pop punk record. What you get is five thrash songs from Mikey, all of the songs are under a minute long. A fast, loud and angry Mikey Erg is what Bloated Kat Records unleashed upon us. And if that isn’t strange enough this thing isn’t even a normal record, it’s a fucking flexi disc. What’s a flexi disc you ask? You might remember them if you’re old enough, it’s pretty much a cheap flimsy thin piece of vinyl (or plastic for all I know) that has the record pressed into it on one side. It’s square, it’s weird, but it’s better than a tape. If you want to hear Mikey Erg like you’ve never heard him before then Fucifier is what you’re looking for, the pentagram on the cover should tell you all you need to know.

1. Chicago Pussy
2. Second City
3. onezerothree
4. Dum Cos I Said So
5. The Art Of Stupidity

Get it from Bloated Kat Records HERE

Get it from Mikey Erg HERE

REVIEW: Iron Reagan: Worse Than Dead

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CoverRichmond, VA always seems to have a ton of great metal and punk music coming out of it, Iron Reagan just proves that once again. The band is made up of members of Municipal Waste and Darkest Hour. This band kind of reminds me of the early days of Municipal Waste, high energy, fast, and crazy but with slightly less thrash in them. This band is less of a thrash band and more of a true crossover like D.R.I. and they’re pretty fucking great. Their demo came out last year and I listened to it more times than I can count now they’re here with their album ‘Worse Than Dead’ by way of Magic Bullet. It’s got nineteen songs and goes by in twenty four minutes, as you can imagine it rips. The band blazes through every ones of these songs while not missing a beat. This is one of the tightest albums of this genre I’ve heard in a very long time. Anyone that likes thrash, hardcore, punk, crossover…well shit that sounds like D.R.I. meets Municipal waste needs to get on this. Out on Magic Bullet and A389!

1. Drop The Gun
2. Slightly Out Of Focus
3. I Predict The Death Of Harold Camping
4. Cycle Of Violence
5. Eyes Piss Tears
6. Insanity Plea(se)?
7. A Joke A Fraud A Fake
8. Rats In A Cage
9. We Know You
10. Paycheck
11. Midlothian Murder Mile
12. The Debt Collector
13. I Ripped That Testament A New Asshole
14. Bodies
15. Eat Shit And Live
16. Two Examples
17. Snake Chopper
18. Warp Your Mind
19. Walking Out

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Get it from Magic Bullet Records HERE

REVIEW: Municipal Waste/Toxic Holocaust split

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This is a split I was pretty excited for, even though I’d have been way way more excited if this was Municipal Waste before they signed to Earache Records, but from the sounds of their last album since leaving that label they’re getting back on track, and Toxic Holocaust is always on point. Sadly it turns out Municipal Waste haven’t quite gotten there yet. Both of the Waste songs sound like a band trying to sound like Municipal Waste. They don’t seem to have that pure thrash heart that they use to. The vocals are a little weak and the riffs are very tired, still I’ve heard much worse…from this band even. That brings us to the other side, Toxic Holocaust is here making a strong argument to be the king of thrash that the punk kids listen to. The first song ‘We Bring Em Hell’ just punches you in the face with the strong mean vocals from hell and the thundering guitar riff. This is how thrash should be; this is how Toxic Holocaust does it. If you thought the first Toxic Holocaust was good, hell you ain’t heard nothing yet. The second song ‘Altar-ed States’ is pure thrash bliss. This song is just fucking incredible, it’s a little slower than I tend to like my thrash but by no means is it a slow song, this is pure evil wonderful thrash. If nothing else this shows you side by side that Municipal Waste really needs to get back on their game, because there are plenty other bands like Toxic Holocaust that can climb the thrash mountain with no problem.

M.W.
1. Trapped in the Sites
2. Mourning Sex

T.H.
3. We Bring Em Hell
4. Altar-ed States

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REVIEW: Tartar Control: Holy Crap!

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Two Mormon missionaries and a robot named Robot make up the band Tartar Control. What would a band like this sound like? Well it’s something like part Peelander-Z, part Good Clean Fun and part Kreator. They’re pretty much a hardcore thrash band, not what I was expecting from the album cover or anything I saw before I listened to this album. At first I wasn’t sure if this was a gimmick or if they were in fact, a Mormon band. This album has a whopping thirty tracks on it, granted there are more than a few skits on here, which aren’t all funny, but they’re completely necessary for the tone of this thing. If I had gone through and listened to this without the skits I most likely would have written this off as an alright thrash band and been done, but with the skits it turns this whole thing into something so much more amazing. It took me a little while to jump on board with this, but not too long. There was a skit where the band was playing a metal house, the owner kicked them out because instead of selling tickets they baked them into pies and gave them to their friends. Then it kicks into the song ‘Satanists Are Fucking Dicks’ a big dumb smile hit my face and I was on board. If you like thrash and hardcore and gimmick bands Tartar Control is for you. And if you like robots, stick around for the hidden track.

1. Hello
2. Jesus is Love
3. Salt Lake
4. Child Molester
5. Lazy Fuck
6. The Metal House
7. Satanists Are Fucking Dicks
8. Diabolical
9. Chimney Sweep
10. Drinking Gasoline
11. Self Defense
12. NoHo Dojo
13. Burn It to the Ground
14. Pretty Stupid
15. Marshmallow Squares
16. My Grandma Fights
17. You’re So Fat
18. Pony King
19. Smoking Crack
20. Screaming Contest
21. Oxygen Is For Fags
22. Joe Was a Humpback Whale (But Now He’s Dead)
23. Alaska
24. Fuzzy Bunnies
25. Cramps Don’t Mean You’re Pregnant
26. Love
27. Tickle Me Elmo
28. Sodomy Basket
29. Peach Cobbler Party
30. Goodbye

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REVIEW: Birth A.D.: Stillbirth of a Nation

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Birth A.D. does a couple great things with this album; first off they’ve created a pretty solid album with lots of awesome songs. Its twenty minutes where you can just let your mind go and enjoy listening to music like you’re fucking fourteen again. Which brings the next thing they do really well here, these songs for the most part aren’t overly complicated. They’re simple, but good. They get in, make the point, have fun, and move on to the next one. They also display talent for almost two types of music here, a lot of songs are just punk song, but there’s also a ton of thrash, basically wherever I turned I was into it. Fans of old angry fast punk rock, thrash and cross-over and bands like D.R.I., S.O.D. and C.O.C should, no, need to check this album out. It’s a fucking great one!

‘Equal Opportunity’ The intro/outtro of the phone ring is a little weird but it’s a quality punk rock song here.
‘Failed State’ We’ve got more of the metal edge showing here with a straight up thrash song.
‘Kill Everybody’ This one sounds like a disorganized hardcore song, besides the simple chorus and the breakdown, this song isn’t quite up to snuff, especially after following the last two great songs.
‘Bring Back the Draft’ Back to the simple quality of thrash here, songs like this are what I think of when I hear crossover-thrash. Not a punk song but not full on thrash metal either.
‘Cause Problems’ Your basic simple punk rock song.
‘No Jobs (Don’t Work)’ Now this is a song really after my heart. This is what I like to call the everyman theme song. Fuck jobs.
‘No, Man’ Another fucking awesome fast punk thrash jam, we need more stuff like this today.
‘Parasites Die’ One of the more thrashy songs on the album, especially from the guitar parts, it’s also one of the more pissed off songs. Every punk/thrash album needs some anger.
‘This Scene Sucks’ Songs like this come up every so often, and they’re normally true most of the time. It’s not something you haven’t heard before but I’m not going to ignore it, I always like this song, whatever form it takes.
‘Blow Up the Embassy’ Ending things here is another punk-thrash anthem. This song isn’t bad but lyrically it seems like it was written by a sixteen year old, luckily the music can carry it.

1. Equal Opportunity
2. Failed State
3. Kill Everybody
4. Bring Back the Draft
5. Cause Problems
6. No Jobs (Don’t Work)
7. No, Man
8. Parasite Die
9. This Scene Sucks
10. Blow Up the Embassy

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REVIEW: A.N.S./RAMMING SPEED split

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I was pretty stoked to hear this split, I wasn’t familiar with A.N.S. but last year I saw Ramming Speed on tour. I didn’t know who they were at the time but they blew almost everyone else away they were so fucking good. This split starts out with A.N.S. who I was stoked to find out are a fucking quality thrash band. All four of their songs are incredible, this band deserves your attention and if they don’t get it with these songs you may be dead. Ramming Speed made up the other side of this split as I said I happened to catch them at a show, they were incredible and brought it like no one else. Going a hundred and ten miles an hour through their entire set I had to buy some albums right after it ended. This is the first thing I’ve heard from them since that time. Their side of the split isn’t quite as great as some of their albums but it’s still damn good. Three songs that blast through you in about ten minutes. Both sides of this record are fucking awesome though I think A.N.S. may have actually won this one by a hair. Fans of stuff like Municipal Waste, C.O.C., S.O.D., or Nuclear Assault, hell if you’re a fan of thrash in any form you should add this one to your list right now. Out on Tankcrimes!

‘Pine’s Perdition’ This beast opens up with a fucking awesome and fast punk thrash tune, it feels like you’re listening to a coke OD.
‘The Quest Lives On’ From the last song to this one the speed keeps up, this one even starts out faster. This might be even better than the opener.
‘Can’t Let This Go’ This is the backdrop for a party with too much drinking and too much fun. We’ve got an example of skate thrash at its finest right here.
‘Roehrs’ War’ This song is a pretty great metal song, I’m a fan of long metal songs but I do think this goes on a few minutes too long.
‘Betrayed’ Right out of the gate Ramming Speed is in your face going hard and fast. A fucking brutal beat down of a song that doesn’t let up till the end. This song is pretty good but I was actually a little underwhelmed. It seems to be more concentrated on being brutal than good.
‘Last Drop / Dogmatic Horde’ A.N.S. had their eight minute song, Ramming Speeds longest gets to just four minutes, but it’s probably about twenty times faster than the one twice as long. This song kicks a lot of ass from start to finish though.
‘Perdition’ Best Ramming Speed song on the split, this is what I was hoping for the entire time. An incredible piece of thrash that will fill any metal head’s black heart with joy.

A.N.S.:
1. Pine’s Perdition
2. The Quest Lives On
3. Can’t Let This Go
4. Roehrs’ War

Ramming Speed:
5. Betrayed
6. Last Drop / Dogmatic Horde
7. Perdition

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REVIEW: Rampant Decay/Insult

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Punk and metal fans of fast angry music sit up and take note, this split is for you. We’ve got Rampant Decay and Insult together for almost nine minutes and nine songs blazing out your speakers. Rampant Decay gets three of the nine on here, but they’re also much longer than the Insult songs. Insult is with us for six of the tracks. Rampant Decay dishes up a dose of hardcore, black metal crust and thrash mixed into a blender that crosses these genres into one savage milkshake of anger. Insult takes more of a straight punk/thrash approach to things. Personally I dig the Insult side way more (not to say the Rampant Decay side isn’t good, because it is!), it’s just more up my alley. High speed songs blasting through your brain in less than a minute’s time, with one exception. This shit is awesome. If you dig fast music you should be looking into this split.

Rampant Decay:
1. Apocalyterian
2. Pigshit
3. I Wish All My Friends Were Dead

Insult:
1. Get Killed
2. Hate your Face
3. Sheople
4. Blabbermouth
5. Shitbag
6. Diddler On Parole

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