REVIEW: Dowzer – So much for Silver Linings

Dowzer – So much for Silver Linings
CD/LP/tape/digital 2017 Shield Recordings, Umlaut Records, Waterslide Records Trilob Records

I have been following Dowzer for many years now and honestly ‘So much for Silver Linings’ is wihtout hesitation their best work to date. Its is a great blend of punkrock and pop bulking with great melodies, nice vocal harmonies and powerful tunes. There is a lot of energy and even some modesty coming from this album. ‘So much for Silver Linings’ is one of those albums you can easily put on repeat without getting bored out. A song as ‘No One Knows’ give me goosebumbs everytime the first notes kick in.

Dowzer fans has to get their copy wihtout hesitation. If you don’t know Dowzer but are a fan of punkrock and pop punk you also should not hesitate and get a copy, you will not regret it. 9/10.

Tracklist:
1. Scenes Are For Sinners
2. Hindsight Bias Blues
3. Broken Record
4. No One Knows
5. Making Waves
6. On The Beat Of Repentance
7. Scars
8. Back-Up Plan
9. A Swo,g And A Miss
10. Glimpses

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/Dowzerpunkrock

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REVIEW: Badger – Sett

Badger – Sett
CD/tape 2017 Lost Youth Records

Badger … Sett … Go.

Badger is a pretty new punk band from Belgium who recently released their first EP ‘Sett’. Punk does not cover it all because the Badger sound is richer than that: it has element from (post)hardcore, metal and even stoner rock with a DIY attitude. The EP starts with a treatening sounding and a bid lingering track applicable called ‘Finish’. ‘Weekend’ has a higher tempo and is a more pounding track while ‘Wolves’ seem to combine both. The Final track ‘Jihad’ start with a kind off military beat (which comes back at times during the song) and the song ends with a Disney alike outro. Overall Sett offers a nice blend of styles and a divers sound of draging tones and pounding beats. Heavy with a treatening and dark feel, its like the shadow of Mordor hanging over their shoulders. 7.5/10

Tracklist:
1. Finish
2. Weekend
3. Wolves
4. Jihad

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/BadgerHardcore

NEWS: Ungovernable Films’ recently released the punxploitation film ‘The Ungovernable Force’.

Ungovernable Films’ recently released the punxploitation film ‘The Ungovernable Force’. Its an exploitation movie for the fans of … punk, B-movies, horror (comedy) and exploitation movies. Honestly I’m not a big fan of this kind of movies not for the comedy or exploitation part but more for the horror, the messy storylines and the lack of quality … well I’m just not a big B-movie fan but hey it is an underground movie so don’t expect Hollywood kind off things but a DIY punk approach … and that’s what I support.

In this movie the film follows a group of young punks teaming up with bums to fight a sadistic sheriff running for mayor on the American Fascist Party platform. You know the drill … we hate …  fascist cops …. I mostly liked the first part of the movie because I was curious about i, they lost me in the middle and I got back a little towards the end. The movie is loaded with violence, police brutailty, mutants, drugs seks and rock and roll. I lifted a few eyebrows but also had a few laughs. For not being a fan it had a few enjoyable moments. Guess I’m more interested in the full soundtrack with bands as Flux of Pink Indians, Art Attacks, English Dogs, The Blood, Misery, Zounds, Paranoid Visions, Protex, The Kids, and many more! Four tracks also got released on a limited edition 7″.

Now some name dropping. The movie features b-horror legends Tony Moran (Halloween), Lloyd Kaufman (Troma co-founder), Debbie Rochon (Tromeo and Juliet, crowned 1990s “Scream Queen of the Decade”), Apache Ramos (The Warriors), and Bill Weeden. Also featured in The Ungovernable Force are punk rock legends Steve Ignorant (CRASS), Steve Lake (Zounds), Nick Cash (999), Zillah Minx (Rubella Ballet), Mensi (Angelic Upstarts), Shend (The Cravats), Paul Russo (The Unseen), Mark Geanakakis and PJ Rodrigues.

The Ungovernable Force is produced by Ungovernable Films, written/directed by Paul M McAlarney, distributed by BrinkVision and available on VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray, check out www.ungovernablefilms.com/merch.html.

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REVIEW: AK-47 – Burn Out The Rats

AK-47 – Burn Out The Rats
CD 2017 DIY

This AK-47 are a bunch of old Canadian punx that play hardcore punk for love of the music and the message. Recently they released a new album called ‘Burn Out The Rats’ which comes in a shiny disc packed with 31 short and fast songs in 41 minutes.

What you get is pissed off hardcore punk songs inspired by shitty things that happen(d) in this world like: soldiers that killed civilians (including young kids), racism, police brutality, child molestation, injustice, …So with all the fucked up things that go around AK-47 can easily write 31 raw punk songs to express their anger. 31 songs are a lot to handle but it is only 41 minutes and the metal alike riffs from time to time make it all bearable. Nothing outstanding but decent activists punk for liked minded souls and a wake up call for all the rest. 7/10

http://ak47hardcore.blogspot.ca/

REVIEW: The Reuters – We are from HU


The Reuters – We are from HU
LP 2017 Noize Hunit, Seja

The Reuters are a rock band who are releaseing their début LP on Noize Hunit a sub-label of Seja Records (NL). Seja is an independant label that supports the ideas behind the DIY scene with a focus on indie, electronic and experimental music.

Musically The Reuters bring a raw, noisy and enthralling sound and with every listening session you discover new things. Therefore ‘We are from Hu’ is a thrilling journey in the musical landscapes of garage rock, noise and post punk. Its and enjoyable, not always easy to chew album, if you like a darker shade of punk. 7.5/10

Tracklist:
1. Credits
2. Mindset
3. Making A Scene
4. Strychnine
5. Sunc Gen
6. Nocturne
7. We Are From HU
8. Boggy Coypu Dam(n)
9. Fear
10. Haunted House
11. 12XU

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TheReutersBand/

REVIEW: Dragness – Momunental Moves and Unattainable goals

Dragness – Momunental Moves and Unattainable goals
CD2107 DIY

Dragness is a 3 piece punk rock band from Nashville TN, USA founded in 2014. The band is fronted by Tyler Dragness (Riotgun, Scaredycat) on vocals and guitar, Tate Avery (Sissy Mena, North to the future) on drums and Steve Poulton (Altered Statesman) on Bass. Earlier this year they released their début 8 track album ‘Monumental Moves and Unattainable Goals’.

‘Monumental Moves and Unattainable Goals’ has some fast forward, punk rock to offer with a good rocking beat and a good variations in styles, sound and vibe. The overall sound has a high dose of garage rock giving it an extra pinch of raw and unpollished sound at times. The third song ‘New destruction’ even has a high Tiger Army vibe but without the psychobilly bass. ‘Monumental Moves and Unattainable Goals’ is a very enjoyable album and a more than decent punk album. For the fans who like their punk stuffed with rock and roll. 8/10

Track list:
1. Cocktail
2. Killer Scenes
3. New destruction
4. Inclined to drink
5. Coins on my eyes
6. Pop song
7. Distressed
8. Cling wrap

www.dragness.com

REVIEW: LastLight / Tausend Löwen unter Feinden – Compilation of Unity


7” split 2017 Unity WorldWide Records

Compilation of Unity is a split 7 ” combining the best of two worlds: OCHC and TLUF. The first three songs are by the German old school hardcore band Tausend Löwen unter Feinden (TLUF). They are one of the best hardcore bands coming out of Germany the last couple of years. The next two songs are by a new American melodic hardcore band called LastLight from Orange County, California. With ex-Ignite Member Joe D Foster on guitar the songs reminds me a lot of a more mid tempo Ignite. The split got released on the new label Unity Worldwide Records founded by Joe D. Foster and German-based hardcore scene veteran, ‘Billy’ aka Sven Guenther. The goal of Unity Worldwide Records is to help friends on both sides of the pond releasing their music!

Both bands are one of those really interesting bands I came across the last couple of years and this split 7” is one of the coolest releases I’ve heard so far. Specially the third song ‘What We Have’ is really great. It makes this split 7” a real must have with its combination of German and English lyrics and guest apperances of Jae Hansel (LastLight) and Dennis Brightside (Rykers). ‘What we have’ is a real killer track but all five songs are winners. 9/10

Track list:
1. Tausend Löwen Unter Feinden – Illusion
2. Tausend Löwen Unter Feinden -Berg
3. Tausend Löwen Unter Feinden – What We Have feat. Jae Hansel (Last Light) und Dennis (Ryker’s)
4. LastLight – Conquer And Rise
5. LastLight – New Beginnings

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/tausendloewenunterfeinden
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/LASTLIGHT