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HARSH VIBES:
Self-titled: Cassette
Hardcore that slows to a Born Against dirge at the right times. Played just sloppy enough to sound dangerous. Like peanut butter, this is nothing new, but impossible to criticize. –CT Terry (crapoulet.fr)


GRIN AND BEAR IT:
Self-titled: EP
This reminds me a lot of hardcore in the mid-’90s; somewhere between hardcore thrash and powerviolence. The era of bands like Hellnation, Coleman, and Nema. This stuff is fast, noisy, and chaotic! They have some mid tempo parts to hook you in, but, for the most, part it’s played at eye-blurring speeds. Though “Scared” (best song on the record!) slows it down and gets dark and brooding with a nice bass riff that pulls you in before it is eventually blown to hell and back, obliterated the crush of speed. The riff that comes in between the speedy bits of “Deserve” is great. Simple, but effective, and they pull it off smoothly. The drums are wailed on, same with guitars. It makes me wonder if they ever fuck themselves up, such as mash fingers, or slice a hand, with all the thrashing. –Matt Average (Allergic To Fun, allergictofun.blogspot.com)


GARRISON, THE:
Subversion: CD
The Garrison plays punk reggae with strong political lyrics. They’re from Malaysia and the singer El Pheng has a really cool accent / English lyric pronunciation. As influenced by actual reggae as they’re influenced by The Clash, these guys are seriously rebellious, but still know how to create happy-sounding music, even if the lyrics are primarily about despair. Subversion is very, very catchy, with a level of vitality that’s rarely present in records by bands in scenes that have been around forever. Global capitalism sucks, but at least global DIY punk is one of its byproducts. Some of the specific politics discussed in the lyrics aren’t easily understood outside of Malaysia, which adds to the charm. There is nothing not to like here, and it is way less contrived sounding than similar stateside groups. These guys are definitely having more fun than the stoners listening to Bob Marley in your local campus dormitory. –Art Ettinger (Knot, knotrecords.wordpress.co)


FEAR OF LIPSTICK:
Seasons: LP
I’ve always dug these dudes ever since I saw them rip it up at Insubordination Fest in Baltimore many moons ago. They don’t disappoint on this new slab of spit and vinegar. Tight arrangements, furious drum fills, guitars that don’t let up for a millisecond, and vocal hooks galore. I don’t know if this is some kind of space age trip, but I like the one-two punch of “Tie Fighter” and “Satellites” on this record. Watch out Teenage Bottlerocket, these guys are nipping at your heels! –Sean Koepenick (P.Trash)


ENFORCERS:
End of Time: LP
Haha. Probably these guys wouldn’t remember, but I kinda came-of-age alongside some of these Montrealers in their previous bands, A Death For Every Sin and Final Word. Ottawa and Montreal are only a short drive apart, and the respective hardcore scenes in the mid-to-late ‘90s were essentially one slightly bigger family. The Montreal guys were always deeply into the Profile/Rock Hotel NYHC world, and Enforcers certainly suggests that not too much has changed. Tight-as-a-drum, heavy metallic hardcore that channels early Leeway, Best Wishes-era Cro-Mags, Killing Time, Breakdown, and the other usual suspects. By no means a reinvention of the wheel, but well-done and expertly executed. A tip of the hat made with an accuracy that puts their decades-long infatuations on display. Good stuff. –Dave Williams (A389)


EDDIE BROCK / LAPSE:
Split: EP
Two powerviolence bands who vary the style enough to stand apart, sound-wise, from each other. Eddie Brock have a good dose of metal (more in tune with Integrity than grindcore) in their guitar sound and riffs, not to mention they are a little faster than Lapse. Both songs, “Pointer Thumb Pinky” and “Absol” bleed together, and you have to listen close, as they are a bit similar in tone. The song goes from fast to a slow pace, then they pick it back up with some back and forth at the end. Some riffs remind me of the metallic hardcore bands of the ‘90s. The side of this split that I play most is Lapse. They have a more traditional powerviolence sound, drinking deep from the well of Infest and Lack Of Interest: drill sergeant-style vocals, crushing riffs, a good amount of low end, and some noise (opening of “Barbarize”) thrown in to keep things interesting. When they hit the high speeds, it’s akin to getting tossed around in a triple set of eight foot waves. They deliver this stuff with undeniable intensity. I can’t stop playing their side! Fuck... So damn good. –Matt Average (To Live A Lie, tolivealie.com / Hostile Input, hostileinput.com)


DISCHARGE / OFF WITH THEIR HEADS:
Split: 7”
Ty wrote the serious review of this, so here goes. Discharge: A.) Can I make a rule? Only Discharge, Motörhead, and the Ramones can wear their own band’s T-shirts. All other bands who do it are dinks. I think that if you invent a genre (d-beat) and a subclass (dis-bands), you can set your own rules. Casualties, please don’t beat me up. B.) Man, it sure looks like the same clock that Jawbreaker has on the cover of 24 Hour Revenge Therapy. C.) Discharge sounds like how I remember them: slightly faster Motörhead, obsessed with terrible, bad shit—rapes, holocausts, children gunning down children, mass graves. Off With Their Heads: Psychically, this is off the charts. A Bill-Beltone-penned tune, Welly Artcore graphic design, Todd Congelliere recording, Mike Watt on bass, Shanty Cheryl on camera, Jimmy Trash on drums, Discharge the Mr. Roper-type neighbor—Ryan Young is living out so many punks-over-twenty-fives’ fantasies simultaneously that your head may explode… and the song’s really good. Ryan’s like a wizard of punk fantasies. Rad. Hey, the labels are mixed up on my copy. –Todd Taylor (Drunken Sailor)


DECKER:
Rekced: LP
Dave Decker is a friend of mine. Well, it’s 2012 and we’re facebook friends. We’ve talked online a few times, but we’ve never met before. The thing is, after listening to his first solo record I feel like I know him really well. If there is one thing that can be said, it’s that he wears his heart on his sleeve and this record is quite an emotional rollercoaster. The tunes are solid (as are his friends Bill and Todd, who play with him), and I find them stuck in my head quite often. I’m pretty sure there will come a time when we wind up grilling meat and drinking beer together. –Ty Stranglehold (ADD)


DAMN BROADS:
Loud, Fast and in the Dark: CD
Damn Broads play catchy punk spanning several subgenres, including street punk and some ska influences. Blazing fast riffs and lots of crew vocals are the common threads throughout these songs. Guitarist Crazines shreds throughout, perhaps revealing some metal influences in her playing, but this is a punk record through and through. Turn it up and sing along, or get to one of their frequent gigs in CT and experience it live. –Paul J. Comeau (Damn Broads, facebook.com/damnbroads)


CENOBITES:
Self-titled: CD
Cenobites are the hook-wielding torture-demons from Clive Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart and the Hellraiser movies. “We have such sights to show you,” Pinhead, the leader of the Cenobites, promises in the classic line, offering an indescribable convergence of pleasure and pain. In a way, that’s what this band offers, too. Although I would say that the pain of listening to nineteen of their sloppy, angry hardcore songs far outweighs the pleasure that arrives when it’s over. –MP Johnson (reverbnation.com/cenobites)


CEILING STARES, THE / SUPER VACATIONS, THE:
Split: 7”
On purple vinyl, Pennsylvania’s The Ceiling States kicks things off with “A Tunnel through the Air.” This psychedelic garage rock track is stuffed to the gills with fuzzed-out guitars, a jangly hook, and ethereal group vocals. Evoking a blend of The Electric Prunes and The Strokes, my only qualm was I wished they threw on another track. The Super Vacations turn up the dial with two new songs, “Hexing” and “Controller.” Their brand of garage, dream rock is something akin to Teenage Fan Club played on 45 RPM, with languorous vocals seeping through a heady gauze of stripped-down Joy Division-type guitar chords. Recommended. –Kristen K (Velocity of Sound, velocityofsound.com / Sweaters & Pearls, sweatersandpearls.com)


CASTET:
Perly Z Lamusa: 7” EP
A Polish hardcore band pays tribute to their influences, covering songs by Circle Jerks, Terveet Kadet, Klaus Mitffoch, Cymeon X, Ustawa O Mlodziezy, ID, HCP, Brudy, and Prezejebane. They do ‘em justice, which I guess is the least one can expect from an endeavor such as this. –Jimmy Alvarado (Pasazer, pasazer.pl)


CASTET / WHITMAN:
Split: 7” EP
Castet: Polish thrash that sounds like it’s comin’ at ye straight outta 1983. Short, fast ‘n’ pissed. Whitman: One up-tempo cover of Social Unrest’s “Mental Breakdown” and one slower paced anthemic original. Two thumbs up, one for each band. –Jimmy Alvarado (Pasazer, pasazer.pl)


CASSETTES, THE:
I’ve Been Gone Far Too Long: 7”
This band is from Washington D.C. and claims to be “steampunk.” Oops, I’ve said too much, you have already judged, haven’t you? –Corinne (Flannel Gurl)


CASH FOR YOUR STORIES:
Self-titled: EP
Okay punk from Manchester that sounds like Leatherface filtered through late ‘80s Dischord releases. The music has a crunch to it without being overbearing. Amid the thud is a strong, tuneful element to move the song along. The songs never break into a quick pace, and there’s not a lot of distortion in the sound either. Instead, the music is a little more layered, almost methodical, like in “Sobotka,” with how it climbs and meanders, as well as having stop-go parts. The standout on here is the opener, “Stand Your Ground,” which has a near anthem like feel about it, due to the chorus and subject matter. –Matt Average (Andi’s Friends, myspace.com/andisfriends)


CARTE DE VISITE:
Play What You Feel: CD
This thirteen-song, forty minute CD is diverse but tends to register somewhere around the school of music played by The Sea And Cake: mellower indie rock with a slight jazzy feel. It’s got a lo-fi personality to it as well, but the singing sometimes falls flat and not in an endearing fashion, either. Even if the vocals aren’t always the greatest, the music is pretty solid. A couple of the instrumental tracks show this quite well (“Lucid Dream,” “Coasting on the Pavement, Staring at the Sky”). It’s not a bad start from what I perceive is still a pretty young act. More practice and really tightening things up will surely produce some good results. –Kurt Morris (cartedevisiteblog.tumblr.com)


CARCASS GRINDER / SMG:
Split: Cassette
Carcass Grinder is a Japanese grind outfit that have been around for something like twenty years, and their side of this is apparently just a rehearsal tape from a few years ago. While the quality definitely indicates that this is meant strictly for diehards, it’s actually pretty solid material and a fun listen. SMG are from Malaysia and are one of those bands that I own records by because they keep doing splits with bands I like, but I’ve never really been able to get into. –Ian Wise (Revulsion, revulsionrecords.com)


CAPSULE:
No Ghost: LP
There’s a slight chance that No Ghost would have been freshly innovative and groundbreaking were it not for the fact that bands such as Dillinger Escape Plan and Burnt By The Sun invented this sound right before Victory Records deconstructed it beyond repair. Then along came Bucket Full Of Teeth and Daughters to completely lay to waste the promise of any math metal ever sounding even remotely interesting ever again. Sorry Capsule, you just never stood a chance. –Juan Espinosa (Moment Of Collapse / Rorschach, momentofcollapse.com, rorschachrecords.net)


BURNING HEADS:
Self-titled: 7”
Burning Heads are mid-tempo melodic punk from France. The two songs here feature some okay riffs, but nothing memorable enough to stick with you for long. Lots of vocal harmonies during the choruses and lyrics with a political leaning (from what I could make out without a lyric sheet), helped this record, but, overall, it fell flat. –Paul J. Comeau (Can I Say)


BUILDINGS:
Melt Cry Sleep: CD
This is what would happen if one of the vocalists from Q And Not U (no, not him—yeah, the other one) decided to start a band that sounded like Shellac or The Jesus Lizard and then remembered some grunge music from when they were teens in the early ‘90s. Ten songs. Thirty-one minutes of aggressive rock with thick bass lines and changing time signatures. It’s all kinds of discordant, but not in an annoying way; it’s just the style they play. I’ve heard this kind of stuff dozens of times before, so it’s not that interesting to me unless it’s got a real original take on things or serves to stir up some good memories (neither of which Melt Cry Sleep does). However, Buildings can play competently, which is far more than I can say about a lot of bands nowadays. –Kurt Morris (Double Plus Good)


BUCK GOOTER:
Self-titled: 7”
Expressionist noise that few people can handle without cringing. I am among the sissies who covers ears upon listening. –Corinne (Flannel Gurl)


BROONIES, THE:
Love’s Sanitarium: CD
If you can imagine some great garage rock both from the sixties to now, then take out a whole of talent. Replace that talent with fun and then throw in some of the drug-addled influence of Spaceman 3 and maybe a midget Velvet Underground cover band and you’ll have The Broonies. It has the fun amateurishness of The Bananas or the softer parts of Los Rabbis, but it’s a bit weirder and more out there. Dopey, fun, and weirdly calming. I liked it. However, the weird, black-bottomed CD-R didn’t work in my CD player. And only it only worked in my computer after several tries. I recommend searching out the free download on Bandcamp for that reason. Too bad, it had nice homemade packaging. –Craven (Self-released)


BRAIN SLUG:
Demo: Cassette
Decent demo here. The execution is mainly mid tempo, though they do pick up the pace here and there, which gives you, the listener, something to hang on to. There’s definitely more power in bands slowing it down instead of hitting blur speeds all the time. The vocals are thick and heavy growls of disgust and anguish. The guitar is the same as well; just this mass of grind and buzz. I can’t help but think they look to Brainbombs for musical inspiration, as the songs are more about crushing and bludgeoning instead of moving and rocking out. The lyrics aren’t as dark and misanthropic, though they definitely air their dislike of the world. “Permanent Bummer” is the definite standout track. If they listen to this demo and hone in on what works and what does not, then they could be on to something. Just tighten up the songs a bit and this stuff will sting. –Matt Average (hardcorebrainslug@gmail.com)


BLOOD BUDDIES:
Demo: CD-R
Three songs of mid-tempo, off-kilter punk that’s both confessional and empowering. It’s rough and minimal without losing any command. As well as an excellent pairing of talents, Susan’s aggressive drumming style and Rachel’s heavy guitar tones mix perfectly. Definitely looking forward to more from this Los Angeles duo. –Daryl Gussin (Self-released, bloodbuddies123@gmail.com)


BLANKET OF M:
Self-titled: CD-R
This reminds me a lot of SNFU, both musically and lyrically. Throw in a little Misfits as well. Subject matter is pretty much light, referencing Christmas poems (“Small Town”), monsters, and sci-fi novels. The music is mid tempo, poppy, and just kind of there. If they pick up the pace and put more urgency into their playing, they could be a much better band. –Matt Average (cusser56@yahoo.com)


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