SHOWS I SEEN: Tragedy – November 19th 2002 – The Bloodshed

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Bloodshed – Baltimore, MD
November 19th 2002

This was my first time seeing any of these bands, the first time I’d even heard of Selfish, it was my first (and I think last) time at the Bloodshed, and it was a great night. Even though I only went to the Bloodshed once I do miss having it around because it seemed to be a great place, this show was a fucking lot of fun.

Tragedy – This was my first (of three) times seeing Tragedy and it’s still the best I’ve ever seen them. They were simply stunning, they were on their game and it was perfect. Everybody that saw this show/this set knew that this was something special right here. Tragedy that night was simply a band that couldn’t be ignored.
Municipal Waste – Municipal Waste was the big take home band of the night, they were just insane. This is still the best (or maybe 2nd or 3rd best) I’ve ever seen them. Tony crowd surfed while doing Captain Ron, there were lampshades flying in the air while they were playing, it was just amazing.
Selfish – Selfish is a hardcore band from Sweden and they did blow me away. They were so fucking good. After seeing them I went and bought as much Selfish stuff as I could find, still today this stands out as an out of this world set. I wish I’d gotten to see them again.
Kerum – Kerum did their thing, their set was good but nothing mind blowing. A sold opener.

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: A Page Of Punk/Werewolves On Motorcycles

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Page Punk WerewolvesThis split is probably the most insane Drunken Sailor Records has ever put out, at least it’s the most insane thing I’ve ever heard. A Page of Punk is an insane Japanese thrash band in the vein of Nice View, Breakfast and Razors edge. If you look at the track list you may think they get an unfair amount of songs but almost all of their songs are only seconds long. They don’t have time to fuck around so they blaze through their side of the split with amazing precision. I fucking love this band so much! Werewolves On Motorcycles have a fantastic fucking name but the band doesn’t quite live up to it (to be fair who could?). They remind me of an early 2000’s hardcore band that blends in rock and a touch of screamo. They’re pretty good but I feel I’d be way more into them fifteen years ago (fuck typing that makes me feel old as shit). They’ve only got four songs on here but they make the most of it with them. Werewolves On Motorcycles put forth a good effort and a great name, they were good but their side of this couldn’t come close to touching A Page Of Punk’s. If you like hardcore, fast punk, thrash or power violence then I highly recommend checking this out, it’s pretty incredible all around.

A Page Of Punk
1. FuckYou12341234
2. Fuck, Fuck
3. F.U.C.K.Y.O.U.
4. 背中に何かが乗っかってるぜ
5. 俺が欲しいのはそれではない
6. 腕時計をぶち壊せ
7. Pressure
8. Punk&Beer
9. Just Like Masai
10. Borstal Breakout
11. Little Bitch
12. カナシイ
13. Unlisted Extra Track
Werewolves On Motorcycles
14. World War III
15. The Burning Moon
16. Beastmaster
17. Life For Pint

Get it from Drunken Sailor Records HERE

Top 10 Demos of 2012

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1. Now People: Now Demos
2. Stab Me Kill Me: Demo
3. Community Pools: Funrest (A Demonstration)
4. Iron Reagan: Demo 2012
5. Confined: Demo ’12
6. Adult Braces: Demo
7. Matt Pless: Acoustic Tour Demos 2012
8. Bummer Camp: Bummer Camp Demos
9. The Hellstroms: Four Song Demonstration
10. No Weather Talks: Demo

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.

1. Trapped in the Sites
2. Mourning Sex

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

Get Municipal Waste/Toxic Holocaust from Amazon HERE

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

Get Holy Crap from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: Get Thrashed

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Get Thrashed, or Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal is a documentary about thrash metal. It runs about two hours (with another hour or extras) and goes down thrash metal from the start until today. It’s got a good mix of just an overview so it doesn’t end up being fifteen hours, and goes in-depth to some bands. It doesn’t just pick like the big four to go into, it digs into a lot of bands you may not have heard of. This is a great documentary for big metal heads that like hearing about the things that they love and it’s also an awesome introduction to thrash if you’re new to it. It touches on a lot of great bands and calls out some top rate albums that’ll get you well on your way to becoming a full time metal head. It looks like the director Rick Ernst has only made this, but I hope he kicks out some more documentaries because this one was done pretty well. I watch a lot of documentaries and like a lot of metal, and I very much enjoyed this one, it’s in the higher level of metal documentaries that I’ve seen. My only problem with this documentary is some of the interviews. They’re talking about all these great bands, with interviews from band members, but then they also interview some more current bands, just about all of which fucking suck. I understand that these are some of the bands that early thrash bands influenced but I don’t give a flying fuck about with the guy from slipknot, or Killswitch Engage has to say about Kreator. This is a must watch for any thrash fan, and my highest recommendation if you’re just getting into thrash. Get Thrashed is a fucking great documentary that goes up there with the likes of the best of them, like ‘Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey’.

Get Get Thrashed from Amazon HERE

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