Punk

Artist: 
Midnight
Label: 
Self-Released

Nice album art right?? ^^^^^

Midnight is total hardcore punk. Apparently the band has a large underground following. To me the album sounds a little like Slayer and Electric Wizard if they went punk. I would definitely say that this album is a specific taste, and many people may not like it.

Sounds Like: 
Slayer
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
11/05/2017

III

Artist: 
Makthaverskan
Label: 
Run For Cover

When I first looked at the cover of Makthaverskan’s new album III, I thought they were a metal band due to the angelical statues contrasting with sharp pointed font.

Sounds Like: 
Mitski
Sounds Like: 
The Cranberries
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
10/25/2017
Artist: 
Bully
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

      Immediately sounds like on of those girl groups of the 1980s (For example "The Go-Gos") combined with a Joan Jett & The Blackhearts-like punk element on the title track, called "Feel the Same".

     The second track, called "Kills To Be Resistant" sounds like a Blondie song meets the rythm of The Cars and Early Punk bands. Heavy punk drumming throughout this entire song that reminds me of the unique drumming-style that has made Travis Barker famous.

Sounds Like: 
Hardcore girl groups of the 1980s (The Go-Gos, etc.)
Sounds Like: 
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Sounds Like: 
Blondie meets The Cars & Early Punk Bands
Sounds Like: 
Heavy Punk drumming-style similar to T. Barker
Sounds Like: 
Beat like that on "I Melt With You" (you know that song that goes...hmmm hmmm hmmm...I stop the world I melt with you...I've seen the difference and it's get better all the time....
Sounds Like: 
Early PunK
Sounds Like: 
Purely progressively easy-going builds
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
10/24/2017
Artist: 
Burn
Label: 
Deathwish Inc.

New York hardcore band, Burn, is out with their first full-length album, Do or Die. It’s a great album. It is definitely the type of music you blast in your headphones to ignore the rest of the world. The best part of the album is the rapid percussion in each track. The individual instruments in each track could easily stand alone but work very well together. The vocals of Chaka Malik tie it all together. The vocals range from smooth to more hardcore within the tracks. The title song has an awesome drum intro as well as long piercing guitar features. 

Sounds Like: 
If Hellyeah and Shine Down got married
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
10/11/2017

V

Artist: 
The Bronx
Label: 
ATO Records

The Bronx, an L.A. band started in 2002, after taking a break from punk to pursue their side project, mariachi music under the name Mariachi El Bronx, has come out with their fifth punk album, V. This album is a fast paced slap in the face. This is the kind of music that you jam out to when you’re alone and just want to start screaming. The rapid percussion accompanied by intense and energy driven guitar riffs and gravelly vocals in each track sounds amazing. The album is loud and reminiscent of early 80’s punk. Overall, a great listen. 

Sounds Like: 
Sonic Youth
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
09/27/2017
Artist: 
Katmuh
Label: 
Big Dada

This week I snagged Kutmah's album "TROBBB! (The Revenge Of Black Belly Button!)", because it was given Flying Lotus's seal of approval, and was not entirely disappointed. This album is his 14th release according to BandCamp.com. The album was 58 minutes long and included 31 tracks comprised of some full-length songs, samples, snippets, and glorious interludes.

Sounds Like: 
Zackey Force Funk
Sounds Like: 
Quentin Tarantino Soundtrack
Sounds Like: 
Vince Staples
Sounds Like: 
Outkast
Sounds Like: 
OFWGKTA
Name: 
Kiara Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
09/27/2017

Orc

Artist: 
Oh Sees
Label: 
Castle Face

Oh Sees (formerly Thee Oh Sees) is my favorite garage rock band. On their new (and maybe 19th?) album Orc, the band is back with more of what's always been good about them: weird, kooky vocals, messy but tight guitars, grooves so good that you physically have to move in some way. Not all their albums are amazing, but most of them are great, and this is my personal favorite of theirs since 2013's Floating Coffin. Oh Sees always sound like Oh Sees, but they also always try new things.

Sounds Like: 
Ty Segall
Sounds Like: 
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
09/26/2017
Artist: 
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Label: 
Ivy League Records

The album has a good compilation of a combination of catchy guitar riffs and drumming. Overall, it seems that the vocals are not the focus of the tracks--in some songs the singer sounds like a whispery Elvis. In contrast to the variation in the vocal's role, each track has beautifully mixed instrumentals that give the songs life.

Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Sounds Like: 
Walk the Moon
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
09/18/2017
Artist: 
Downtown Boys
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

 

Sounds Like: 
Angry Youth
Sounds Like: 
Foxboddies
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2017
Artist: 
ho9909
Label: 
Toys Have Power / Deathkult LLC

 Ho9909's singles are hardcore and grimy. Loud, explosive, explicit and grungy.

On their single "City Rejects" Starts off with more of a hard rock vibe, and guitar rifts accentuate this. The beat is faced paced and this track is resembles punk garage rock more then hip hop but still has metal elements infused into it, the lyrics are almost inaudible, screamed over the beat and fast. This track is a head banger 

Sounds Like: 
Deathgrips
Sounds Like: 
Punk / Metal version of Talking Heads
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2017
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