Top Music the first half of 2014

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Top 10 Albums – First half of 2014:

1. Rational Anthem: Emotinally Unavaiable
2. BraceFace: BraceFace
3. Candy Hearts: All The Ways You Let Me Down
4. Now People: Love, Sex, Death & the Weather
5. Zero Boys: Monkey
6. Caffiends: S/T
7. Unwelcome Guests: Wavering
8. Johnny Cash: Out Among The Stars
9. Exmortus: Slave to the Sword
10. Banner Pilot: Souvenir
Top 10 EPs – First half of 2014:

1. The Turkletons: Fur Frontal
2. Neighborhood Brats: Total Dementia
3. Beach Slang: Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?
4. Unfun: Shores of Lake Erie
5. The Sci-Fi Nightmares: Hold On To Your Heart
6. Maiden Mars: Goth Through This EP
7. Invitational: Composite
8. Night Birds: Monster Surf
9. Clint Maul: Sow EP
10. Iron Reagan: Spoiled Identity ep

Best split (hasn’t been many yet) – First half of 2014:

1. Trashkanistan/The Quarantines

Top 5 Demos – First half of 2014:

1. Lucifer’s Hammer: Night Sacrifice (Demo MMXIII)
2. The Rushmore Inciodent: Demo 2014
3. Earth Girls: Demo 2014
4. SLEEVES: Sex is Stupid
5. Fucko: Demo

Top 5 Demos of 2013

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1. Boys: Demo 2013
2. Black Tower: Demo
3. Whiff: Winter Demo 2013
4. Kinder Words: Demo 2013
5. The Little Richards: Down The NHT Demo

 

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REVIEW: Black Tower: Demo

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Black Tower demoEver wonder if some guys from some pop punk bands got together and started a metal band? Well it turns out that the results are pretty great. Black Tower is made from members of Crusades, Creeps and Visitors, and goddamn it is good. If I were to guess what pop punk bands had members in this band I think Crusades would be my first guess not only because of the metal influence in their album but just because it sounds a lot like the metal parts in the Crusades album. It’s clean vocal heavy metal, almost verging on power metal. This is metal at its fucking best. I can’t get enough of this. If more metal bands like this were around today metal would be in a much better shape than it currently is. If you like metal, and I mean good metal not that shit that passes for metal then Black Tower is a band that you want to get on right now.

1. Dark Lord
2. Winter
3. The Dragon Flies
4. Night Siege

Get it from Black Tower HERE

REVIEW: She Rides/Dripping Slits: Crucial Fix

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SheRidesSplitNegative Fun Records brings us a split from She Rides and Dripping Slits. I’ve heard She Rides before and liked them a lot, but this was my first encounter with Dripping Splits. The first She Rides song ‘Grease in the Wheels’ is great; it’s like some metal influenced rock. There are tons of riffs and all that sort of great stuff, the song is pretty great. The second song ‘Rage Forever’ isn’t quite as good but it is much faster so some people might dig this one more. It seems to be more of a hardcore influenced rock song; the vocals do fucking rage on this song, there’s no denying that. Both the songs of the She Rides side are pretty rad. Dripping Slits seem to be a great choice for a split with She Rides, they seem to pull from somewhat the same type of influences. The band seems like they listen to a lot of early Whiplash, Venom and hardcore punk but they’re still blanketed with a rock sound so they come up with a pretty unique blend. Much like the She Rides song I dig the first song ‘Soul Foul’ more than the second ‘Let’s Get Rough (to Death From Above)’ but both still rule. If you like fast rock, metal or hardcore give this split a listen, the mix might not work for you or it could be that perfect storm of sound mixes.
 
 
 
She Rides:
1. Grease in the Wheels
2. Rage Forever
 
Dripping Slits:
1. Soul Foul
2. Let’s Get Rough (to Death From Above)

Get it from Negative Fun Records HERE

Get She Rides/Dripping Slits – Crucial Fix from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: Obsessor: Mental Hell

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Obsessor4-mentalhell-Square1 (1)I’m super into this band Obsessor, I’ve loved everything they’ve done but I am not a fan of these short releases, especially since they’re on cassette. Luckily this is the fourth and final installment of this stuff. It seems that these songs are going to be on an LP, and it will be one fucking awesome album. Obsessor are metal heads that I know listen to punk rock. You can hear tons of influence from bands like Celtic Frost, English Dogs, and Venom. The first song ‘Mental Hell’ has some pretty basic lyrics but keeping it simple isn’t a bad thing, they’ve got some killer riffs to back this which makes for a great fucking song. The second song ‘Evil Supremacy’ is a little longer clocking in at three minutes and really turns up the thrash. It almost sounds like a song that Toxic Holocaust would record, it’s pretty fucking great. Out of the two I’m more of a fan of ‘Mental Hell’ but both songs are top notch metal songs. If you like any of the above influential bands then you’re going to want to give Obsessor a listen, and if you’re like me and hate tapes, don’t worry, this is available digitally too.

1. Mental Hell
2. Evil Supremacy

Get it from Tankcrimes Records HERE

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