Bazillion Points to Publish Massive NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990

Bazillion Points Books is proud to announce the November 2014 release of NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990,  by hardcore punk historian and author Tony Rettman. This dense 450pp volume will include over fifty chapters covering the bands, venues, labels, hangouts, and larger-than-life characters that built New York hardcore, based on new interviews with over 100 key historical figures.

“New York City has an energy that you’re not going to find anywhere else. People who have that passionate, driven mindset; they gravitate to New York City. Being in that intense environment—you had to come into your own to survive that area.”—John PorcellyYOUTH OF TODAY/SHELTER

Known for its glamorous 1970′s punk rock scene, New York City matched the grim urban reality of the 1980′s with a rawer musical uprising: New York hardcore. As bands of misfits from across the region gravitated to the forgotten frontier of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With a a backdrop of despair, bands like AGNOSTIC FRONT, CRO-MAGS, MURPHY’S LAW, and YOUTH OF TODAY confronted their reality with relentlessly energetic gigs at CBGB, A7, and the numerous squats in the area.

Tony Rettman‘s ambitious oral history captures ten years of struggle, including the scene’s regional rivalries with D.C. and Boston, the birth of moshing, the clash and coming to terms of hardcore and heavy metal, the straightedge movement, and the unlikely influence of Krishna consciousness.

The gripping and sometimes hilarious narrative is woven together like the fabric of New York itself from over 100 original interviews with members of the bands that were there.

Tony Rettman is a freelance music journalist whose work has appeared in the Village Voice, Vice, The Wire, Philadelphia Weekly, Cleveland Scene, Arthur, Swindle, Signal to Noise, Mean, and Thrasher. At age 14 in the 1980′s, he was the coeditor of Common Sense zine. He has provided liner notes for such artists as Hackamore Brick, Bored Youth, Beyond and many more. He is a contributing editor to DoubleCrossXX.com. In 2010, Revelation Records released his acclaimed first book, Why Be Something That You’re Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985.

“In other parts of our neighborhood, guys were breakdancing against each other; we were moshing against each other. It was all about who had the most style, as opposed to today where it’s just picking up change and karate kicking. It was all about trying to keep dancing, while still blasting into someone from D.C. or Boston, and all about who had the hardest pit for their town’s band. It was like supporting your city’s hockey team or something.”- Jimmy GMURPHY’S LAW

“At that time, the Lower East Side was a warzone. It wasn’t the gentrified neighborhood that it’s been for the last twenty years. It was a fucking warzone, without question. It was worse than the worse neighborhoods you know in New York City today. It was a trip to be down there and go to those bars and A7 and shit like that. I wasn’t even eighteen yet, and I was getting a peek into a world that most people will never see.”- Eddie SuttonLEEWAY

“I had my personal experiences from life; being on the streets, being locked up, and being in abusive foster homes. I was fighting. I was shot and stabbed, and that’s what came out. We sang about street justice and survival on the streets because that shit was for real. That shit was a way to express ourselves and get out that angst. It was real. It wasn’t some hypothetical bullshit.”- John JosephCRO-MAGS

 

Tankcrimes to Re-release BRAINOIL’s Debut Album

On September 14, 2014, Tankcrimes will reissue the debut full-length from Oakland-born punishing sludge power trio, BRAINOIL.

BRAINOIL‘s sludge style is chock full of up-tempo crust-inspired breaks and monstrously baked breakdowns undoubtedly suited for diehards of IRON MONKEY, DYSTOPIA, BUZZOV*EN and EL DOPA. Originally released on Life Is Abuse Records in 2003 but sold out for over five years, the monolithic Brainoil was recorded by Dan Rathburn at Polymorph Studios.

Brainoil will be released on CD and vinyl limited to500 copies in two color variants: 150 – gold, bone, brown mashed vinyl and 350 – bone vinyl. All vinyl orders come with a download card to satiate your digital listening pleasures.

CANNABIS CORPSE – From Wisdom to Baked

Cannabis Corpse - From Wisdom to BakedIf you’re unfamiliar with the band, the most fatal mistake you could make is to not take them seriously.  Of course, the band embrace humor and parody but CANNABIS CORPSE are focused on making killer music.  With From Wisdom to Baked, the band have jumped to elite status.  Prime classic US death metal.

CANNABIS expand their sound from being a predominantly Chris Barnes-era CANNIBAL CORPSE clone to one that incorporates more influences from all the classic US death metal bands, such as DEATH and MORBID ANGEL.  Not only that but they explore the spaces for nuances within these established styles of death metal.  Thus, avoiding sounding like a compilation CD mash up.  CANNABIS CORPSE answer questions like, “How would CANNIBAL sound with good drumming?,” and “How would DEATH sound with gutteral vocals and more mosh-friendly parts?”

As with every CANNABIS release, fans can quiz themselves to figure out which album and song titles each song is derived from.   What other band provides the additional value of metal trivia with every album?

With endless hooks, killer playing, and no discernible weak points, From Wisdom to Baked ranks as a pure gem in an oversaturated market filled with mostly irrelevant metal.  Buy or die.  (Season of Mist)

Video of the Day: Faceculture Sits Down with CARCASS’ Bill Steer

Not sure how many of you are familiar with the excellent music zine, Faceculture, based in the Netherlands.  They cover a wide range of non-mainstream and some mainstream music.  What I enjoy most about them is their insightful and candid band interviews.  Check out their recent video interview with CARCASS guitar god Bill Steer.  They discuss the entire history of the band and the details of their comeback.  Very cool stuff.

CATHEDRAL’s Gaz Jennings Returns with DEATH PENALTY

Following the demise of CATHEDRAL, guitar god Gaz Jennings has returned with his new band, DEATH PENALTY.  After releasing the Sign of Times/Seven Flames 7″, the band is set to release their self-titled full-length debut on September 16th via Rise Above Records.  Expect a new mix of doom, NWOBHM, and other elements.

“When Cathedral split I didn’t have any intention of getting another band together,” Gaz admits. “I wanted to do a record, because Lee [DorrianCATHEDRAL front man and Rise Above Records boss] has been saying for years that he’d give me a deal! But all my time was taken up writing stuff forCathedral. I had a few bits and bobs lying around, so I started writing material a few years back and that’s where it all started. And now the album is ready to go.”

Dubai’s NERVECELL Sign to Unique Leader Records

Dubai’s death/thrash assault, NERVECELL, is pleased to announce their union with Unique Leader Records.

Spawned in 2000 as one of the first extreme metal bands to emerge from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and having toured alongside legendary metal acts such as METALLICA, MORBID ANGEL, DEICIDE, DECAPITATED and SUFFOCATION, NERVECELL are true torchbearers for a Middle Eastern wave of metal.

Comments the band of joining Unique Leader‘s expanding roster of brutality: “We are very excited to announce that we have signed with Unique Leader for a worldwide multi-album deal. As a Middle East-based extreme metal band, we have constantly strived to take our music to all ends of the world and as a record label specializing in extreme metal, we couldn’t be more pleased to begin this new relationship. The new record is currently being worked on and we can’t wait to bring the chaos live to a stage near you soon!”

NERVECELL released their debut full-length, Preaching Venom, in 2009 via Germany’s Lifeforce Records (Europe) and Spellbind Records (Middle East) followed by their critically-adored Psychogenocide long player just two years later.  The widespread success of latter also awarded NERVECELL the honor of being crowned the “All Time Best Selling Metal Act” in the Middle East and North Africa region, consequently receiving a plaque of recognition from Virgin Megastores (MENA) in January of 2012 certifying this huge accomplishment.

Check out this great article in Rolling Stone India.

 

Thank You, Tommy Ramone

As you may have heard, the legendary Tommy Ramone passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014 at age 65.  He had been battling cancer.  Tommy is the final original member of the RAMONES to pass away.

Aside from the band’s first three albums, you can gain great insight into Tommy and the rest of the band in the excellent documentary, End of the Century.  The trailer is below.

Those first couple albums changed my life as a teenager.  In the middle of all the aggro and gloom I was listening to at the time, the RAMONES showed me that I could smile and be happy while listening to something heavy and fast.  Another life lesson that I learned back then was that if the music isn’t catchy, memorable, and real, forget about it.  Tommy, thanks for the timeless music and for keeping the rest of the guys together when they went over the deep end.  Nice guys can finish first.

ARCH ENEMY – War Eternal

Arch Enemy - War EternalSo big news over this album is the debut of new (female) vocalist Alissa White-Gluz (ex-THE AGONIST).  Did you really think that ARCH ENEMY would ever replace Angela Gossow with a male vocalist?  C’mon, man.

So how does Alissa stack up?  Her voice is stronger than Angela‘s.  Thus, you don’t hear the blatant studio magic used to cover for the shortcomings in Angela‘s abilities.  As War Eternal progresses, it is easy to grow weary and tired of Alissa‘s vocals because they are simply not that good, and her vocal inflections and patterns are repetitive.  Don’t get me started on her laughable, over exaggerated facial expressions and stage moves.

On the other hand, as can be expected, the instrumental components of War Eternal are as rock solid and as technically proficient as they’ve always been.   The band stays true to their trademark melodic death metal sound.  Expect much of that killer ARCH ENEMY-level musicianship.  There are many absolutely fine riffs and solos.  You cannot deny those melting, sweet Amott-style melodies.  While Nick Cordle is no Chris Amott, he gets the job done.

Overall, War Eternal is what it is.  Nothing more, nothing less.  As longtime metal warriors, we know one thing: Michael Amott‘s music is something that is always worth checking out.   (Century Media Records)

Sixth Chapter from DECAPITATED Arrives September 2014

The sixth album from Polish gods, DECAPITATED, will be entitled Blood Mantra and is set to be released September 26, 2014 via Nuclear Blast and Mystic Production (Poland)

The artwork was created by Polish artist, Lukasz Jaszak Design & Photography, who also made the cover of Carnival is Forever.

Blood Mantra was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland under the direction of Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski.

Guitarist & founding member Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka states:

“Extreme and groove – I think that’s the best way to describe our new album. This time we feel that we have something totally crushing and huge.

Blood Mantra is the most heavy and mature album we ever did in our carrier. I cannot wait to start to play songs live because riffs are soo deep and powerful.”

Check out this excellent drum cam footage shot from the band’s show last week in Poland with GOJIRA.

ELECTRIC WIZARD: New Album Details Released

Electric Wizard - Time to DieELECTRIC WIZARD have announced Time to Die as the title of their forthcoming studio album. Time to Die is the eighth full-length offering from these doom staples.

This will be the band’s first album release since signing a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records.

Says ELECTRIC WIZARD founding member, Jus Oborn:

“All of our albums in the past have had a theme — revenge, drugs, black magick — and the theme of this one is death. Of course, death to us really means rebirth, so this album is a manifestation of a very primal occult belief in the final sacrifice. We have gone full circle — it was inevitable, but we had to do it. We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger.”

The artwork, once again created by Oborn, is an extension of that theme; this is further solidified by the LP gatefold image, which will be revealed soon.

Here is the band performing “Funeralopolis” at Hellfest Open Air 2014 last month in France: