Welcome to Razorcake | DIY Punk Music | Punk Bands | Punk Rock Bands | Punk Magazine Welcome to Razorcake | DIY Punk Music | Punk Bands | Punk Rock Bands | Punk Magazine
 

























· 1:Webcomic Wednesdays #118
· 2:Kelly Lone Photo Column - Rational Anthem
· 3:Patrick Houdek Photo Column – Off With Their Heads
· 4:Webcomic Wednesdays #116
· 5:Chris Boarts Larson Photo Column - Damad


Subscriptions
New Subscriptions
Renewal
Stickers and Buttons
"Because We're Fuckin' Classy" Koozie


Razorcake #85
Pale Angels, Imaginary People LP
Toys That Kill / Joyce Manor, Split 7"
Tenement, Bruised Music, Volume One LP
Razorcake Punx Por Vida T-shirt


Can't find Razorcake at your favorite store? Lend us a hand and we'll send you a free issue.



Razorcake will send you one free issue if you ask your librarian if they would carry Razorcake in their stacks. (This offer is good for both traditional libraries and independent libraries.) To get the free issue, you must send us the librarian's name and email and the library's postal address. We will then contact them directly and donate a subscription to them. U.S. libraries only, due to postage.

No Idea Records

Record Reviews

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

| 0-9| A| B| C| D| E| F| G| H| I| J| K| L| M |

| N| O| P| Q| R| S| T| U| V| W| X| Y| Z|

Below are some recently posted reviews.

RSS Feed

HIVES, THE:
Hate To Say I Told You So: CDEP
This is simply a three-song CD. The first two are from The Hives latest full length, Veni Vidi Vicious. If you have not had the pleasure of listening to them, they are a retro rock’n’roll band. They remind me somewhat of The Stooges. The third song is a previously unreleased track. It is a forgettable instrumental with a synthesizer thrown in giving it a little '80s new wave feel. I wouldn’t waste your time with this three-song CD and go pick up one of The Hives’ full lengths. I’ve heard three other CDs from them and they are all worth getting. –Toby Tober (Gearhead)


HITCH:
Self-titled: CDEP
Apparently these guys used to have a more metallic sound. That’s fortunately absent now. Their sound is definitely unique in the sense it’s drawing from all over the place. Imagine a band like the Minutemen or Dawson hooking up with folks like Drive Like Jehu. A weird but interesting mix. Now add a little more polish and melody to that. “Midnight Party Special” is my favorite cut here with its discordant angle and cool pace. I wouldn’t mind hearing more. Bring it on. –Matt Average (Delboy)


HI-STANDARD:
Love Is a Battlefield: CD
A four-song teaser until they record their next full length. I love this three piece from Japan so much because of their ability to bastardize songs when they do covers. Here they do a cover of “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Their own songs are right up there with their special brand of bubble gum-fueled fun punk. In the same vein as the Toy Dolls but Japanese style. They can always put a smile on my jaded face. Hearing singer/guitarist start blurting out in his thick Japanese accented English, I know I’m in for a good time. They always seem to be having more fun than the rest. Can’t wait for their next full length and their next tour in the states. –Donofthedead (Fat)


HEAVENLY:
Heavenly Versus Satan: CD
As it says right here on the CD case, “This is a reissue and first ever US domestic release of the classic debut album by Heavenly!” I can hear where Heavenly inspired bands like Tiger Trap, Jade, and any various bands that involve an uplifting, fast paced, acoustic guitar sound fronted by female vocals. I am not saying bands like this are boring or unimaginative. This is simply a great sound that aims to turn anyone's frown upside down. Light, airy and sweet. Kinda like a lemon meringue pie. Yummy. –Guest Contributor (K)


HATE BOMBS / INVISIBLE MEN:
Split: CDEP
Limited edition souvenir single from when both groups last toured together. The premise is simple: Band A covers two songs by Band B, and vice versa. The Invisible Men do nice farfisa-drenched renditions of both “Love Bird” and “Is This What You Think Is Called Love,” while Florida’s Hate Bombs serve up reworkings of “Just Make Me Happy” as well as the unofficial anthem of NORML, “Green Connection.” Quantities of this garage rock gem were sparse last time I checked, so grab one should you get the chance. –tim (www.invisiblemen.com)


HARD-ONS:
This Terrible Place: CD
The band is the Hard-Ons. I saw them last maybe 7 or 8 years ago. They rocked. They are called the Hard-Ons. The cover art is a mutant cyclops Mickey Mouse angel as a peace symbol with a huge cock that has an eyeball on it. I had a mindset of what this CD would sound like. Hmm. This isn’t bad as much as it is unexciting. The music is almost easy listening, too mellow, and this is coming from a guy who likes Simon and Garfunkle, okay? There are a few songs that sound like they would be great to see live with amps and feedback and the energy of a band rocking out, but the CD isn’t doing anything for me but serving as background music. –rich (Bad Taste)


H2O:
Go: CD
Sometimes I don’t care if a band goes on a major as long as they don’t put out a shitty record. I put this as a shitty record. They were on Epitaph, for god’s sake. They were doing pretty damn good for themselves. I would figure they would have learned a lesson from Sick of it All on their experience on being on a major. This record has a sugar coating that tastes sour to this reviewer’s mouth. I don’t know if there is a Blink 182 formula of sound added, but surely is a disappointment. Maybe it’s something in the mastering, but the guitars sound like crap and they lost all the edge that they used to have. The only reason I’m keeping this is because my wife bought it and for their hidden track of their cover of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.” I hope they can survive this record. –Donofthedead (MCA)


GUYANA PUNCH LINE:
Irritainment: CD
The manifesto of Smashism is expanded upon and fleshed out here. A new youth movement is afoot and more intelligent and questioning than before. Reality is ours to create and flush out what doesn’t appeal or merely stifles our desires. GPL have also retained their old model while building on it at the same time. And it’s no easy paint job touch up, we’re talking the addition of side view mirrors and the benefit of hindsight in what were once blindspots. The communiqué has been issued, you need to read it and act. –Matt Average (Prank)


GREAT KAT, THE:
Possini: CD
According to the press release, this is my cue to talk in character about how scared I am of Kat and how we must all bow before her or something. Hmm. I remember Kat (and feel free to use the Troy McClure voice here) from the '80s and the day of metal mags with names like Metal Maniacs and Metal this and Metal that and while it impresses me that she is still doing this, she hasn’t updated at all (I saw the Ex a few weeks ago, and they impressed me as much as they did when I saw them 10 years ago, but in different ways and for different reasons - they grew in that 10 years that went by). Let me set the picture. There are many pictures of Kat in the CD art. She wears leather bikinis and spikes and bullets. She is not unattractive in an '80s metal bikini girl poster way. She has big, long blonde hair, lots of “scary” makeup (which helps keep you guessing her age), every picture has her with her mouth open wide, showing all the teeth she can. I like Apocalyptica a lot. They are a four-piece piece cello act that does mostly Metallica covers, but a few others and a few originals. So they take speed metal and convert it to a classical hybrid. They do this with proper nods to both genres. It works, and I can imagine people who like either liking them. Kat is a novelty act. Of four songs on this CD, two are classical covers, including the William Tell Overture. The thing is, the William Tell Overture is already fast and manic, and so doing it fast and manic doesn’t do anything for me (as opposed to the Vandal’s punk/speed metal version of “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies”). The two originals are interesting enough musically, but, well, um, ok, I am going to print some lyrics, and I swear, these are the lyrics. Really. “Lick my ass, you fucking piece of shit, slime, moron FAG! Swallow my vomit, Muther Fucker!” (capitals as originally printed) from “Sodomize” “Squeeze his DICK OFF SLIT HIS HAIRY ASS (capitals as originally printed) from “Castration” Quality stuff, huh? And those are random samples - they don’t get any more lyrical or mature. It’s almost as if she is looking to get the PMRC started again. –rich (www.greatkat.com)


GOVERNMENT SATIRE/DEFIANT TRESSPASS:
Split : CD
Government: run-of-the-mill peacenik crustcore that has all the necessary trappings (screamed male/female vocals, pc politics) yet still seems to ring a little...umm...fake. More succinctly, they sound about as real as any one of those Doors tribute bands. Defiant: More of the same, a little better, but cheesy lyrics bring ‘em right back down into the gutter. I guess this is the end result of the musical equivalent of taking an original and Xeroxing it over and over and over until the quality of your copies is so bad that you can no longer see what the original was about. Whatever. –Jimmy Alvarado (Square of Opposition)


GOB:
The Kill Yourself Commandment: LP
When I first heard the term “hardcore metal,” this is exactly what I imagined: a wall of grindy noise devoid of melody that makes side two of Black Flag’s “Damaged” album sound like Kenny Loggins. I got a migraine by song two, so they must be doing something right. THANK GOD I wasn’t watching them live. –Jimmy Alvarado (Satan's Pimp)


GHOULTOWN:
Tales from the Dead West: CD
Ghoultown rambunctiously and skillfully blast a brawny swaggerin’ wallop of tornadic Texas-style rockabilly fury, gothic whiskey-drenched country’n’western craziness, and thundering “High Plains Drifter”-inspired deathrock rowdiness. It’s a demonic musical mishmash of ghoulishly hypnotic vocals, damnatory hellfire-and-brimstone guitar savagery, hair-raisin’ spine-tinglin’ thrusts of crosstie-splittin’ locomotive bass rumblings, rampagin’ Injuns-on-the-warpath tomahawk-thumpin’ drumming madness, lonely and sorrowful campfire’n’chuckwagon harmonica moans, and somber solitary TexMex trumpet/trombone wailings... I shit you not, compadres, it all sounds uncannily like The Damned, T.S.O.L., The Misfits, and Johnny Cash frenziedly dukin’ it out with Marshal Matt Dillon and his trusty ol’ inbred sidekick, Festus Hagen, in The Long Branch Saloon on a dark apocalyptic day on the set of “Gunsmoke.” Ghoultown sonically conjure ghostly images of the tumbleweed-strewn wickedness of America’s untamed Old West: vampiric prairie nomads aimlessly wandering through the vast weatherbeaten expanses of wayward eternal damnation; dust-enshrouded outlaw apparitions gearin’-up for a gunslingin’ showdown at sunset; the lone haunting howl of a coyote surrounded by the seductive misery of moonlit tombstone shadows; barbed wire and endless miles of crumbled decayin’ cattle bones. Yeeeeeehaw, motherfuckers, these are the true tequila-guzzlin’ sounds of Texxxas! –Guest Contributor (Dead Planet)


FURY 66:
Red Giant Evolution: CD
Fury 66 play melodic hardcore in the same vein as Good Riddance or Strike Anywhere. They’ve been around for a long time and have appeared on a ton of comps and toured pretty consistently and they play their instruments well. All of that shows on this album. About half of the songs on Red Giant Evolution have appeared on comps or seven inches. I assume that the other half of the songs are new. It’s a pretty good album. The vocals are fast and clear and the drummer does a good job of changing tempos and generating speed. If you’ve already obtained all of the albums by Good Riddance, Strike Anywhere, Kid Dynamite, and Avail, I’d recommend you pick up this one by Fury 66. –Sean Carswell (Sessions)


FUCKFACE:
Self-titled: CD
This here is the last you’ll ever hear from these guys. The world turned 5 degrees colder the day they split up. The only good straight-up hardcore band from San Francisco in the ‘90s. I’m not exaggerating. In SF proper of the last decade there were either bad hard rock bands, weird art bands, indie rock bands, and that sort of stuff. Then there were these guys. A breath of fresh air in the stench of urine and vomit-soaked sidewalks of the Mission. I like the vocals, with their maniacal edge, and the dense guitar sound floating over a gritty bass sound. Great stuff. The kind of record you can sit back and get into. Especially the dark edge they possessed. –Matt Average (Six Weeks)


FOAMERS, THE:
Six Pints None the Wiser: CD
I can’t stand this kind of music. Totally tame pop punk so watered down you can play it around your parents. But they do put some substance in their lyrics, and that’s more than a good chunk of bands do anymore. But still... –Matt Average (Tent City)


F-MINUS:
Suburban Blight: CD
Holy shit! Just the CD I have been waiting for. 20 fast, loud, angry, balls-out hardcore punk tracks in only 24 minutes. None of which surpass the two minute mark. F-Minus is the best thing to come in the mail in a while. The last CD that did this to me was Asshole Parade’s Student Ghetto Violence. Their sound kinda reminded me of them too with some female vocals thrown in. Two guys (drum and guitar) and two girls (bass and guitar) all share vocals from song to song. All four of them churn out great, pissed off, gut-wrenching vocals equally as well. No pussies in the bunch (no pun intended). These songs, are as the title implies, about suburbia and the disdain these great musicians, singers and songwriters feel about the living among these minions of sheep and their silly façade. All around a tight, fast-as-fuck fury. This is the best antidote for their glass house world, shattering it to bits. The CD has already racked up a shitload of frequent flyer miles on my CD player. It wakes me up in the morning as I get up to head outside the city for work to face these robots on a daily basis giving me relief that I am not alone in the anger I feel. Thanks to bands like this, I am not going postal. Instead, I am the maniac at 5:30am driving too fast down the highway, windows down, radio blasting, pounding the steering wheel and dashboard while shaking my head back and forth on my way to be the consummate professional that I am. (Hey, at least I’m not doing my make up, reading the paper, talking on a cell phone, drinking and eating or the many other things the others around me are all doing aside from actually paying attention to the road.) Do yourself a favor. Get this CD, put it in, roll the windows down, turn it up to 11 and drive real fast. Preferably in a cookie cutter subdivision full of soccer moms and kids playing in the streets. Faster, faster, faster! –Toby Tober (Hellcat)


FLAMIN’ ANUS/HYBRID MUTANTS:
Unreconstructed: Split CD
I think the first band was named after a medical condition you get after you eat Taco Bell with their packets of fire sauce (which, by the way, is well worth the pain). Flamin’ Anus sound an awful lot like old AFI. You know, the band that used to be a punk band till the lead singer had some identity crisis and did LSD while fucking a goth chick, or something like that. Well, this sounds like the good AFI from their first two albums with a touch more rock’n’roll to it. The singer ,Charley Smith, sounds almost exactly like the confused Mr. Havok. Hell, they even have a song called “Identity Crisis.” My suggestion would be to have the singer from Anus and the musicians from AFI get together and pick up where Very Proud of Ya left off. Enough of that. The second band, Hybrid Mutants, are pretty different. They have a kinda southern rock’n’roll punk sound to them. Light on the southern but it’s there. Not a bad sound. Kinda like Nashville Pussy with a little Stool Sample mixed in. They are a little disappointing on their cover of “I Wanna Be Your Dog.” You can actually understand every single word clearly. Whatkindacrap?! Anyway, the two bands offer a decent contrast to each others sound. You get 7 songs a piece. It's worth checking out for the Flamin’Anus/AFI comparison. –Toby Tober (Transparent)


FIVE HORSE JOHNSON:
The No. 6 Dance: CD
Mighty nice swamp boogie with a hint of southern scum rock. If Black Oak Arkansas had sounded this cool when I was a kid, my life mighta turned out a little different. –Jimmy Alvarado (Small Stone)


FIREBALL MINISTRY:
FMEP: CD
After listening to Fireball Ministry’s FMEP, what can one say other than, “Metal Lives!” Yeah, it may sound like something overheard at a Heavy Metal Parking Lot screening, but the words still ring true for a band like Fireball Ministry. Imagine grabbing four of the biggest stoners from your high school days and sticking them in the garage. Lock the door. Leave the stereo, a few instruments and every Ozzy-era Black Sabbath record. Come back six months later and listen to them play. Chances are, the results will sound like Fireball Ministry - slow, plodding beats that induce all sorts of head-bobbing, crusty hescher guitars and even the occasional metal castrato. This is the sort of album that will instigate air guitar battles and headbanging sessions that end in whiplash. Trust me, that’s not a bad thing. –Liz O. (Small Stone)


FACET, THE:
Adult Comedy: CD
Well, it’s loud. Aside from that, I couldn’t pay myself to be interested. –Jimmy Alvarado (Not Bad)


EVERTHING MUST GO:
Apocalipstick: CD
Trashy punk rock that in sound falls somewhere between 1978 New York and 1981 San Francisco. Although it ain’t the most original stuff I’ve heard lately, they are good at what they’re doing, which alone makes this worth a listen. –Jimmy Alvarado (Dead Teenager)


ENEMIES/PITCH BLACK:
Split: CD
Enemies: Your basic modern punk band, not bad, not memorable. Pitch Black: Taut hardcore that stuck to the insides of the noggin’ better than the other band did. Liked the pumpkin head thing. –Jimmy Alvarado (Lookout)


DUANE PETERS & THE HUNNS:
Tickets to Heaven: CD
Duane Peters, the clown prince of punk rock, is so Old School that if he got run over by a bus and got his foot decapitated he’d probably replace it with a wooden pirate peg and stump around the stage, business as usual. Hell, he’d probably get Independent to build him a steel peg, invent a new skate trick (Pieces of Eight Stump Slide?) and we’d all stand around with our mouths hanging open and watch the sparks fly. Tickets to Heaven picks up right where the Hunns debut left off. I don’t know what the hell he’s singing about half the time, but who the fuck cares? Highly recommended. –jim (Disaster)


DOGS, THE:
Fed Up: CD
Never knew much about this band prior to their post-KBD-appearance popularity and I still don’t know much. What I do know is that they kicked out some grade-A MC5/Stooges jams way back before it was the cool, hip thing to do and that these tracks blow damn near any modern band claiming that style outta the water. Most of the bands whose records fetch a pretty penny these days are undeserving. These guys are an exception. Great, rockin’ shit. –Jimmy Alvarado (Dionysus)


DIRTSHAKES, THE:
The Kicks are Alright!: 10"EP
Uptempo Euro punk‘n’roll that’s pretty cool, but there’s so many others doing the exact same thing these days that this just doesn’t stand out much. I totally agree that “the '80s weren’t so cool,” though. –Jimmy Alvarado (Alien Snatch)


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389 390 391 392 393 394 395 396 397 398 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409 410 411 412 413 414 415 416 417 418 419 420 421 422 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439 440 441 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 451 452 453 454 455 456 457 458 459 460 461 462 463 464 465 466 467 468 469 470 471 472 473 474 475 476 477 478 479 480 481 482 483 484 485 486 487 488 489 490 491 492 493 494 495 496 497 498 499 500 501 502 503 504 505 506 507 508 509 510 511 512 513 514 515 516 517 518 519 520 521 522 523 524 525 526 527 528 529 530 531 532 533 534 535 536 537 538 539 540 541 542 543 544 545 546 547 548 549 550 551 552 553 554 555 556 557 558 559 560 561 562 563 564 565 566 567 568 569 570 571 572 573 574 575 576 577 578 579 580 581 582 583 584 585 586 587 588 589 590 591 592 593 594 595 596 597 598 599 600 601 602 603 604 605 606 607 608 609 610 611 612 613 614 615 616 617 618 619 620 621 622 623 624 625 626 627 628 629 630 631 632 633 634 635 636 637 638 639 640 641 642 643 644 645 646 647 648 649 650 651 652 653 654 655 656 657 658 659 660 661 662 663 664 665 666 667 668 669 670 671 672 673 674 675 676 677 678 679 680 681 682 683 684 685 686 687 688 689 690 691 692 693 694 695 696 697 698 699 700 701 702 703 704 705 706 707 708 709 710 711 712 713 714 715 716 717 718 719 720 721 722 723 724 725 726 727 728 729 730 731 732 733 734 735 736 737 738 739 740 741 742 743 744 745 746 747 748 749 750 751 752 753 754 755 756 757 758 759 760 761 762 763 764 765 766 767 768 769 770 771 772 773 774 775 776 777 778 779 780 781 782 783 784 785 786 787 788 789 790 791 792 793 794 795 796 797 798 799 800 801 802 803 804 805 806 807 808 809 810 811 812 813 814 815 816 817 818 819 820 821 822 823 824 825 826 827 828 829 830 831 832 833 834 835 836 837 838 839 840 841 842 843 844 845 846 847 848 849 850 851 852 853 854 855 856 857 858 859 860 861 862 863 864 865 866 867 868 869 870 871 872 873 874 875 876 877 878 879 880 881 882 883 884 885 886 887 888 889 890 891 892 893 894 895 896 897 898 899

| 0-9| A| B| C| D| E| F| G| H| I| J| K| L| M |

| N| O| P| Q| R| S| T| U| V| W| X| Y| Z|

Razorcake Podcast Player



·THEORY OF ABSTRACT LIGHT, THE
·ABOLISH RESTAURANTS
·APERS, THE
·VARIOUS ARTISTS
·MOUNTZA
·MAD DOCTORS, THE
·ABOLITIONIST / RUBRICS
·VENEREA
·TRANSLATE #6






If you live in the Los Angeles area and want to help us out, let us know.



Get monthly notifications of new arrivals and distro and special offers for being part of the Razorcake army.



 
Razorcake/Gorsky Press, Inc.
PO Box 42129
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Except for reviews, which appear in both, the
contents of the Razorcake website are completely
different from the contents of Razorcake Fanzine.

© 2001-2011 Razorcake/Gorsky Press, Inc. Privacy Policy

Razorcake.org is made possible in part by grants from
the City of Los Angeles, Department
of Cultural Affairs and is supported
by the Los Angeles County Board of
Supervisors through the Los Angeles
Arts Commission.
Department of Cultural AffairsLos Angeles County Arts Commission


Web site engine code is Copyright © 2003 by PHP-Nuke. All Rights Reserved. PHP-Nuke is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL license.