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Hey Americans! Come to Super Snake’s Thanksgiving Eve Hurricane Sandy Benefit show

November 14th, 2012

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Unless you’re some kind of cave dwelling troglodyte (and hey, we know not all our readers are virgin neck-beards), you can’t help but know about the devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused across the Caribbean and much of the East Coast of the USA. Among one of the areas most badly hit in the USA was New Jersey, home state of our US writer, Dan Pelic. Dan has witnessed the carnage wrought by Hurricane Sandy up close and personal, and in an effort to help raise money for the relief efforts for those still affected by the after-effects of the hurricane, Dan is throwing a benefit show on Thanksgiving Eve.

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Future Hits 126: Super Snake

October 22nd, 2012

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Super Snake
From: Union, NJ, USA
Lazy equation: A pissed off Tom Waits + Sleazy Rock N Roll + serious bitterness towards exs (+ Ugly Kid Joe) = Violently styled lyrics over steamy, down-tempo riffs.
URL: Facebook // Twitter // Bandcamp

Thrash Hits Verdict:
 We’ve got one EP of all but four songs to go by, and they’re all winners. HOORAY! As dark and disturbing as the tunes can get, there is also a shameless, exaggerated air to the music and the band itself. I mean, the band’s press photo consists of five pale shirtless dudes slathered in baby oil. In this day and age new bands have to whore themselves out a bit for attention, though, right?

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Album: Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind

October 3rd, 2012

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Converge
All We Love We Leave Behind
Epitaph/Deathwish, Inc.
08 October 2012

by Dan Pelic

Despite existing as a band for nearly 25 years, Converge rarely – if ever – disappoint. They’ve managed to become increasingly relevant; whereas most bands fade further into obscurity with age, maybe breaking up once, twice, or seven times, only to reunite and play whichever back album marked their careers.

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Live: Refused @ New York Terminal 5 – 22 April 2012

May 25th, 2012

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Refused reformed. “Waaaaah, they said they’d never, ever, ever get back together,” you moaned. “Waaaaah, if you’d gone to see them the first time round, your opinion might be valid,” we replied. Yeah, the Swedish punk legends were criminally under-appreciated back in the last century. They’re finally on the pedestal they deserve to be on these days so, ahead of their Main Stage appearance at Download Festival 2012, let’s have a look at how good their New York City return was.

Six things we learned when we saw Refused play in NYC for the first time in over a decade

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Live: The Bamboozle Festival @ Asbury Park, NJ – 18-20 May 2012

May 23rd, 2012

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It’s nice having a genuine fist-pumping, bridge and tunnel New Jersey boy in our ranks. That Dan Pelic is one of our writers means that we can review things like The Bamboozle Festival with ease. Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi and… Skrillex headline the three-day event and it’s on A BEACH. Cool.

WARNING: Dan’s in a bad mood.

Six things we noticed at the “scene-est” of all music festivals in Asbury Park, NJ

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Album: The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet

March 29th, 2012

The Mars Volta
Noctourniquet
Warner Bros.
26 March 2012

by Dan Pelic

It’s not as if the point of a record review is ever to exact a reaction out of the artist itself, but this review would probably make Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala a happy couple. Why? Because this record from The Mars Volta is such an utter disappointment – which is what they accepted it might be, because they are true artistes who do it for the art, right maaaan?

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Album: Caliban – I Am Nemesis

February 8th, 2012

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Caliban
I Am Nemesis
Century Media
03 February 2012

by Dan Pelic

What Caliban does nowadays is done….a lot. But, hell….they do it well. Caliban’s first properly issued LP, Vent, released back in 2001, was an instant metalcore classic, not only for its raw and penetrating sound, but for the band’s teetotaler views – refusing the very fermented beverage Germany is most known for.

Fast-forward to more than a decade later, the band no longer openly claims the Edge, and have allowed clean-singing to infiltrate their repertoire… ::shudders::

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Album: Aborted – Global Flatline

January 23rd, 2012

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Global Flatline
Century Media
23 January 2012

by Dan Pelic

This far into the very existence of death metal, bands may well have to go against the anti-melodic grain many of the genre tend to follow. Bands like Decapitated have raised the bar for blasters and grinders to find groove – an elusive, serpent-like creature few bands come to capture and train to dance effectively alongside the ultimate brutality all death metal acts inevitably compete to attain.

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