The Old Firm Casuals – Wartime Rock ‘N’ Roll
LP/CD 2017 Rebellion Records
Recently The Old Firm Casuals released four new tracks on a nice looking 12” vinyl with an etched B-side. The CD version has ‘Sanctuary City’ as a bonus track. Opener ‘Hell’s A Lot Better’ really kicks in nicely with its clapping beat and raw and rasping vocals, setting the expectations for this new EP on a high level. Followers ‘Sex Case’ and ‘1312’ are more up-tempo songs in a good Old Firm Casuals tradition but OFC saved the best for last. ‘Wartime Rock ‘n’ Roll is one of those streetpunk songs you just want to put on repeat over and over again. It’s a great mid-tempo song with a good rocking vibe and nice melodies in honour of the fallen soldiers that never made it home. I’m not a fan of anything war related but for some reason songs like this always give me goosebumps in a positive way. 8.5/10
A1 Hell’s A Lot Better
A2 Sex Case
A4 Wartime Rock ‘n’ Roll
Sanctuary city (bonus track CD version)
Hard Wax – Diamond in the Rough
LP/CD 2017 Rebellion Records, Contra Records
Hard Wax could not choose a better title for their first full lenght because honestly this one is a real ‘Diamond in the Rough’. After the début single ‘Kings Of The Weekend’, Tom (Hostile Minds) is back with a new ‘Hard Wax’ release that might offer the best combination of punk, rock and roll, Oi and glam you can find on this planet. ‘Diamond in the Rough’ sound extremely catchy, with its retro punk sound, its good rock and roll beat, its classic Oi vibe and its glam rock elements. This is some classy bovver rock and roll. 9/10
A1 Bootboy Stomp (All Night Long)
A2 Your Time Is Up
A3 In The Know
A4 Diamond In The Rough
A5 Shouting Out Loud
B1 Bringing Back The Noise
B2 Move Your Feet
B3 Bovver Love Blues
B4 Fight Tonight
B5 Head Held High
B6 We’re Here To Stay
Cointoss Records is proud to announce our newest EP, Angels and Addicts, from PA hardcore legends Edgewise. This blistering release, engineered and produced by Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday), combines an old school hardcore sound with relentless, grinding metal. Edgewise’s first release after a 20 year hiatus, Angels and Addicts is well worth the wait.
The band’s current lineup features longtime Edgewise members Al Spina on vocals, Vince Spina on guitar, and Matt Tincani on bass, along with veterans Jess Goldey (My Turn to Win) on guitar and Kevin Ruggeri (Ten Foot Pole) on drums. After successfully testing their new lineup in Philly hardcore shows featuring the likes of Slapshot and Wisdom in Chains, Edgewise combined forces with seasoned producer Fred Mascherino to generate this four song EP.
In a recent interview with In Effect Hardcore, Edgewise describes Angels and Addicts as a fusion of influences, drawing heavily from the late 80s – early 90s New York hardcore bands of their youth. But with lineup additions Jess Goldey and Kevin Ruggeri come new elements, including brutal, mosh inspiring breakdowns and relentless double bass on the drums. Angels and Addicts brings a unique sound that any hardcore or metal fan should check out.
A limited first pressing of Angels and Addicts will be available from Cointoss Records with 250 on green slime vinyl, 150 on black vinyl, and 100 on pink vinyl. Pre-order yours now! Angels and Addicts will be available on all major digital music services, including Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp.
Release date 3/31/17
Toxic Shock & Team Panini
7” 2017 Lost Youth Records
Antwerp based thrash and hardcore punk band Toxic Shock joined forces with hip hop, rap duo Team Panini on this ‘Brainwash’ 7″ vinyl EP . It’s a great crossover joint venture between two of Antwerp finest. The song ‘Brainwash’ was specially written for the ‘Walk This Way – Revisited Antwerp Judgment night album to celebrate 30 years ‘Walk This Way’, the Aerosmith – Run DMC collaboration. This song is also the best track on this EP thanks to the great music by Toxic Shock and the lyrical strength by Team Panini. The B-side has the two tracks ‘Kak op flik’ and the Beastie Boys cover ‘Beastie Boys’, which are nice additions to the 7” but it can’t compete with ‘Brainwash’. This 7” is a must have for the fans of both bands and another fine Lost Youth Records release. 8.5/10
B1. Kak op flik
B2. Beastie Boys (org. By Beastie Boys)
Black Volvo – Bad Driving
CD 2017 TNS and Make-That-A-Take records.
Black Volvo straight out of Amsterdam rock city are releasing their second album ‘Bad Driving’ on TNS and Make-That-A-Take records on 17 March. The release also has a Belgium connection cause it got recorded by Tim at Big Dog Recordings in Antwerp.
Musically ‘Bad Driving’ has some heavy and rough around to edges punk rock and roll to offer. It is loud, it is fast, it is punk, it is Motörhead, it is Peter Pan Speedrock, it is a rock and roll rollercaster. It is bad, it is a bid monotonous, it is bad-ass, it is good, it is madness, it is catchy and entertaining, it is fun. 8/10
1. To Shit Is To Live
3. Punkrock Family
5. Hangin’ Johnny
7. Self Medicator
8. Repeat Again & Again
9. Pants on Fire
10. Hillegom Hellbound
11. Eagle Mind
12. Drunk Train
13. Lazy Bones
14. Burlesque Dancer
15. Woodwork Saved My Life
16. Irish Man in a Scottish Pub
17. Rebel Revolution Red Wine
Loose Veins – Observations
EP tape/digital 2016-2017 DIY
Loose Veins is a one man project from Finland and Joni composed, played, recorded, mixed and mastered everything by himself. The four songs on this tape EP are also digital available through bandcamp (check the link below).
I always had/have a big heart for bands, people, … who do things themselves, who embrace that DIY spirit. So if you want to check out a DIY alternative rock project that offers a nice blend of punk, rock and stoner … you should check out Loose Veins. ‘Observations’ isn’t a diamond in the rough, Joni has his limitations but it turned out to be a pretty decent release. 7.5/10