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Intrusive Thought – S/T EP

Intrusive Thought coverIntrusive Thought
Glasgow, Scotland

If Intrusive Thought were a D-beat band, they’d be called Discordant. But there’s not a D-beat within earshot on this jaunty little number. And, to be fair, it’s not exactly discordant, although it’s definitely in the mould of the likes of Archbishop Kebab when it comes to the noise, all jerky and jumpy without losing itself in total noise (far from […]

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Zudas Krust / Parötid – Desire Of Destruction Split EP

Desire Of Destruction coverZudas Krust (Indonesia) / Parötid (Malaysia)

There’s some pretty brutal stuff coming out of south-east Asia at the moment, and these two outfits are keeping up the trend.

Zudas Krust deliver straight up thrashy metalcrust whilst Parötid go for the more blown-out crasher noise with reverby vocals effect (and make one hell of a noise for a two-piece combo). Whilst it’s not […]

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The Astronauts – It’s Got A Garden LP

Astronauts It's Got A Garden coverThe Astronauts
UK

It’s been twenty years since The Astronauts last bestowed a full-length album on the world. Based on what I’ve just heard, that was time well spent and well worth waiting for.

Proving, as they always have, that punk is beyond any simple musical categorisation, they’ve continued to create sounds and words that refuse to be pigeonholed […]

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Aquí Nos Están Matando / Here They Are Killing Us – V/A Benefit Download

Aquí Nos Están Matando coverAquí Nos Están Matando / Here They Are Killing Us – Various Artists
International

Released by imperecedero
Santiago, Chile

It’s been kicking off all over recently, and the proles of Chile have got stuck right in. Over the last couple of months, what started as a protest over public transport fare hikes has erupted into open conflict with the […]

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Noise From Hell – V/A, Vols. 1-21 (So Far)

Noise From Hell comp coverNoise From Hell
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / International

This is an awesome archive of noisy punk rock! Some of it’s pretty unpolished, and there’s been no attempt to balance output levels which just makes it even better IMHO. You’d better be handy with the volume control if that sort of thing bothers you.

Bands are from all over the place, […]

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Spots / Interpunkce – Split 12″

Spots / Interpunkce
Prague, Czech Republic

This is my first time with either band and it’s a sweet place to be.

Spots have been around for 25 years and, based on what I hear here, they must’ve been good and inspiring times. Whilst it may be a bit typical when it comes to the basics, they add a nice musical touch with a keyboard […]

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SlutBomb – Empathy/Apathy SP

SlutBomb
Ohio, USA

Ripping hardcore from the get go! With almost as many chord changes as there are words crammed into each two minutes of anger, there’s no time to get bored with SlutBomb. Those words take straight aim at legitimate targets in our fucked-up capitalist society, as well as some of the reactionary tendencies still sadly too prevalent in our supposedly radical and […]

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Rumours Of War – Sloganeering EP

Rumours Of War Sloganeering coverRumours Of War
Scotland

They say it all sounds the same, but they’re just not listening hard enough. In this case, what you get is a fresh sound from an outfit who have, to my ears at least, more than a hint of the Astronauts in the delivery but spiked right up and soaked in rebellious spirit. The songs are […]

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Antidoto – Romper España LP

Antidoto Romper Espana coverAntidoto
Madrid, Spain

Slightly fuzzed-out choppy hardcore with a classic European feel (i.e. more punchy than American stuff). There are also a lot of nice little hooks and licks that keep your attention. Nothing is much more than two minutes long, most songs are under, and they cram a lot in. Lyrics are more personal than in-yer-face political, but the connection […]

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Dumange – Entre Ratas LP

Dumange Entre RatasDumange
Asturias, Spain

Sweet fucking Jeebus! This has to be one of the most enjoyably intense things that I’ve subjected my ears and brain to in a long time!

On their debut release, ‘Entre Ratas’ (Among Rats), Dumange dish out a single serving of exquisite dark metal crust that doesn’t let up from the opening scream of anguish to the last breath […]

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