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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

***IRON GAG exclusive premiere***

"Ripped Off"
exclusive song premiere
For fans of: The Chariot, Coarse and Cadence Fox
Hailing from New England, IRON GAG has been around for four years now and have an EP and LP under their belt, but today's song premiere is from their split 7" with Atlanta's Malevich. It's called "Ripped Off" and at 1:44 it blazes through dark, brooding hardcore with inadvertent nods to The Chariot and Perth Express for the first half. The breakdown and dual vocals that rain down upon the listener at the one-minute mark are the real deal and take the song to the next level, reminding me of bands such as WristMeetRazor, Artorias and Black Nail. Their side of the split was recorded by Will Killingsworth and mastered by Brad Boatright, two very prevalent players in the current hardcore/screamo scene. Malevich is no stranger to this blog as we reviewed their previous LP here and have been eagerly awaiting their material, as well. Speaking of which, they just premiered a new song "Trial of Metaphor" (linked here). IRON GAG will be doing dates on the East Coast of the U.S. and Canada which haven't seen posted yet, but they do have a show coming up on May 18th in Salem, Massachusetts that I've linked here. Enjoy!

(2018) IRON GAG - "Ripped Off" (from 'Malevich' split)

Monday, 23 April 2018


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Noise / Experimental
Related artists: Index For Potential Suicide, Murder Weapon, The Disease, The Slasher Film Festival Strategy and Every Kid Loves A Clown.
CountrySouth Carolina U.S.A.
Years Active2001-2003
Song: "Somewhere in the Arteries"
Album: "The Ultimate in Authenticity and Musical Usefulness"
Year: 2003
For fans ofThe LocustSnack TruckThe Disease, Index For A Potential Suicide, Genghis Tron, The Post Office Gals, An Albatross, Murder Weapon, Usurp Synapse, Racebannon, This Flood Covers The Earth, Horse The Band, (early) Curl Up And Die, Wizardzz, Enkephalin,  Arab On Radar, Meth And Goats, Ultra Dolphins, (Lone) Wolf & Cub and The Abandoned Hearts Club aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Release The Bats Records / Insolito / Electric Human Project / Alone Records
This post's artist is from the April 2018 Mix. This is track #1.
You can download: the April 2018 Mix#4 right here or get the new May 2018 Mix#5 here.

My interest in the incredibly named, utterly wackadoo, experimental and screamy hardcore band THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL was sparked initially by this review on a now very shitty punk news/review site in 2003. They first likened the band to, "The Locust, An Albatross, Fantomas, or maybe even Since by Man" so I was very intrigued. I picked up a copy of 'The Ultimate in Authenticity and Musical Usefulness' and jammed it off and on for a few years, enjoying it but never quite being blown away. I checked for more releases in stores and online but couldn't find anything, but when writing this review my good friend Maya show me a new link to a label's bandcamp site where it was for purchase, so I just nabbed 'This is the Invasion!' digitally a few weeks back. The band's final LP I also stumbled across on youtube, which is an experimental improv jam and pressed on a 12".

I think they definitely have a sound similar to the bands already mentioned, but I would also throw a few more in there. The vocals are kinda early Curl Up And Die puke screams mixed with Racebannon weirdness, while the instrumentals definitely have their own thing going on, as the metallic hardcore is mixed with perfectly placed synth and noise moments. The mixture of all of the elements definitely bring bands like Genghis Tron, Snack Truck and Horse The Band to mind but their hardcore elements are much different and, honestly, I can't think of a good, single comparison.

THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL's first full length is the 11 odyssey titled 'This is the Invasion!' and it's a goddamned mindfuck. Teetering between brain-numbing noise tracks and experimental, jazzy hardcore, the album slides in and out of traditional songs into truly weird territory, making the comparison to An Albatross, Snack Truck and The Locust all the more relevant. Tracks 1, 3, 5, 6 and 11 are the less traditional hardcore songs, while "How to Throw a Hot Dog Down a Hallway", "Let's Transform NASA Machine", "Guns 'n Roses" and "Robots Among Us" are my favourites of the six remaining songs. "Disco Bloodbath" is also pretty cool as it starts as noise and ends as grating noise/grind/screamo in the vein of Me And Him Call It Us.

'The Ultimate in Authenticity and Musical Usefulness' was released either late 2002 or early 2003 and is a step up from the previous LP, opting for only 9 songs but they condense their sound and definitely get even more trippy. I mean, c'mon, "Invisible Jacket" begins like a sinister, maniacal and evil Christmas carol. The first track is also a goody, as "Somewhere in the Arteries" has a very screamo intro until the synths come in hard at 40 seconds and the entire things pops at a minute. Most songs have a jammy section in the middle where the instruments take on a jazzy, almost Primus feel at times. "Reflex Point" and "Revelations" are wicked tracks with a foray into screamo and post-hardcore during their conclusions. "Witch Hunt" has a midsection that boasts a sick bass riff and combines it with evil Santa synth, creating an eerie and awesome concoction. The noise/instrumental tracks are still there, as "Caribbean Knife Fight","Revelations Part 2" and "The Clone Chamber" fit the bill.

Lastly is the 'Experiments' improv LP. Instead of me talking about it, I'll just quote a band member:
"Originally released by KFLR & Epistrophy Records 2003. We did the recording following the 2002 summer tour. What led us to make the record was playing live. Everynight we would include improvised pieces in the set. At that point, we had spent so much time together playing, we could almost read each others minds. We could anticipate each others next move. It definitely kept it intersting for us. Folks seemed to be digging the improv stuff as much as the written/recorded material. Especially on during that tour. So, when we got home, we set up the gear and mics, pressed record and made "Experiments". Straight up, all live, one take, no over dubs, just three close friends playing off of each other and having a blast. No worrying about making a mistake or dealines for a LP / CD pressing. Also, this one was actually recorded several months before the "Ultimate" album.  Though it was released some time afterwards." (taken from Christopher Adley's youtube video linked here)

And that is that. I haven't found their first split but am content with the three LPs. I most certainly have a rekindled spark for this band after writing this review and finding more material. I hope you enjoy it, too.


Click )==>here<==( to download some of the band's discography in mp3 form.

2002 - The Shameless Kiss of Vanity Vol. 1 split 7" (w/The Jam Session) [does anyone have this? please upload it!]
2002 - The is the Invasion! 12"LP (stream/buy here)
2002 - The Ultimate in Authenticity and Musical Usefulness cd/12"LP (stream/buy here)

2003 - Experiments digital LP (stream here)


(2002) THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL - "Somewhere in the Arteries" (from 'The Ultimate in Authenticity and Musical Usefulness')

(2002) THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL - "Witch Hunt" (from 'The Ultimate in Authenticity and Musical Usefulness')

(2002) THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL - "Invisible Jacket" (from 'The Ultimate in Authenticity and Musical Usefulness')

(2002) THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL - "Guns 'n Roses" (from 'This is the Invasion!')

(2002) THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL - "How to Throw a Hot Dog Down a Hallway" (from 'This is the Invasion!')

(2002) THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL - "Robots Among Us" (from 'This is the Invasion!')



THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL out of print mp3 partial discography download

(download here)


Thursday, 19 April 2018


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Screamo / Skramz
Related artists: Tamora, Let It Out Matt and Frontflip.
CountryPortland, Oregon U.S.A.
Years Active2017-present
Song: "A New Nihilism for the Selfie Generation"
Album: "Gilded Age"
Year: 2018
For fans ofFear Before The March Of Flames, Perfect BlueCity Of Caterpillar, Prize The Doubt, Cadence Fox, The Chariot, Portrayal Of Guilt, Majority Rule, Birds In Row, Yurodivy, Remote, Carved Up, Youth Novel, Barque, Litany For The Whale and Continents aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the April 2018 Mix. This is track #7.
You can download: the April 2018 Mix#4 right here or get the new May 2018 Mix#5 here.

Falling somewhere between hardcore and screamo, Portland's new beast GILDED AGE released their debut EP in early 2018 and it's still kickin' ma ass. It begins with the superb "A New Nihilism for the Selfie Generation", which lets you know right off the bat that the balanced dual vocals with high and low end screams will be prevalent throughout the driving and venomous hardcore. There are a few slowdowns that permeate the air of some tracks, but nevertheless amass and eventually bring about the storms, of which there are many. "The Vultures are Eating Themselves" keeps the thunder going and boasts huge drums, as well as a killer buildup that begins at 30 seconds and hits a prolonged climax that sweeps throughout the remainder of the song. "This Rally is a Funeral" is a much dirtier romp with a final 30 seconds that are stellar. "Oh You Bore Us (having your ass up your own head)" has a Perfect Blue vibe with driving instrumentals and wicked screams, making it a good candidate for best song on the record. "Hope Has No Place Here"  has a brooding opening that culminates at 2:08 (that's more than halfway through the song!) and is reminiscent of Litany For The Whale and Yurodivy and might be my favourite section on the album. Closer "Sisyphus Votes for God" reaches 5:16 and opens dripping in post-hardcore/post-metal with a slow, brooding and doomy first minute. The chorus of voices screaming, "Your god is dead!" from about 1:20-1:30 is powerful as fuck, as is the subsequent foray into dreamy post-hardcore.

Lastly, this post timed out nicely with GILDED AGE's record release show this Sunday, April 22 in Portland. Here's the show poster.



2018 - Gilded Age cassette/12"EP (stream/donate/download here)


(2018) GILDED AGE - "Oh You Bore Us (having your ass up your own head)" (from 'Gilded Age')

(2018) GILDED AGE - "A New Nihilism for the Selfie Generation" (from 'Gilded Age')

(2018) GILDED AGE - "The Vultures Are Eating Themselves" (from 'Gilded Age')


GILDED AGE additional links