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Album: Stray From The Path – Anonymous

September 16th, 2013

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Stray From The Path
Anonymous
Sumerian Records
16 September 2013

by Raz

This is the seventh album from the New Yorkers and Anonymous threatens to take Stray From The Path to the forefront of their scene. From the first memorable refrain in ‘False Flag’ of, “F. E. A. Are you listening,” Andrew Dijorio spits various lyrics detailing the entire gamut of anti-establishment-oriented views with righteous punk fury. The next song is called ‘Badge & A Bullet’. You get the vibe and it’s as convincing a political statement as you’re going to hear this year.

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Album: High On Fire – Spitting Fire Live Vol. 1+2

July 9th, 2013

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High On Fire
Spitting Fire Live Vol. 1+2
Century Media
01 July 2013

by Tom Gibbons

With a tracklisting practically reading as a Best Of…, spanning all the way from 2000’s The Art of Self Defence through to last year’s De Vermis Mysteriis, High On Fire’s latest double-live album Spitting Fire Live serves both as a no-brainer purchase for fans, as well as a great (and way overdue) introduction for newcomers to the Oakland trio. Tracked over a pair of shows in December 2012, the Spitting Fire Live Vol 1 & 2  recordings were passed on to Greg Wilkinson and Converge’s Kurt Ballou for mixing, and offer a raw, no-frills playback of High On Fire’s stage performance.

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Two 12-year-old metalheads, who grew up in a hip hop neighbourhood, tell their story

June 20th, 2013

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We stumbled upon a crappy rip of this inspiring video a friend had shared on Facebook. A couple of hopeful adolescent metalheads who have grown up against the musical grain of their New York neighbourhood were telling their story, but we just knew there was more to it. Lo and behold, a couple of searches later, we found the original high quality Vimeo page. From there we found the original post on The Avant Garde Diaries.

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Album: Vision of Disorder The Cursed Remain Cursed

September 6th, 2012

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Vision of Disorder
The Cursed Remain Cursed
Candlelight Records
17 September 2012

by Tom Dare

Oh look. Another reunited band from the 1990s. The difference with this one is that Vision of Disorder have been back for a few years now, their popularity hasn’t had a mysterious retrospective inflation (they’re playing the 500-capacity Underworld in London, Refused played the 2500-capacity Forum) and aren’t one of those bands all of their successors in the hardcore scene name-check in every interview, despite how influential they’ve actually been. Which is daft, because VoD were fucking great first time around, and they’ve come back with an arse-booting record.

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Harley Flanagan, formerly of Cro-Mags, goes berserk and knifes former bandmates at NY show

July 7th, 2012

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We’re a little bit lost for words on this one. Last night, former bassist and one of the founder members of Cro-Mags, Harley Flanagan, went seven shades of mental at a Cro-Mags show in New York. Reports currently seem to suggest he barged his way into the VIP area of Webster Hall, NY, and proceeded to slash and bite two members of the band who he helped form, but hasn’t been a member of himself for a decade now.

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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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Sunday Slaylist: R.I.P. Adam Yauch, aka MCA, from the Beastie Boys

May 6th, 2012

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As you’ll no doubt have heard by now, on Friday 04 May 2012, Adam Yauch – aka MCA – from the Beastie Boys, died after losing his battle against cancer of the parotid salivary gland. He was just 47 years old. To mark this sad occasion, this week’s Sunday Spotify Slaylist is dedicated to his memory, by way of a look-back at the Beastie Boys’ pre-hip hop work – their punk rock years.

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Album: Biohazard – Reborn In Defiance

February 2nd, 2012

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Biohazard
Reborn In Defiance
Nuclear Blast
20 January 2012

by Tom Dare

It’s all gone a bit awry for Biohazard recently. In the summer, they split with Evan Seinfeld (singer, bass player, porn star, and the one member of the band you’d be most likely to recognise in the pub) right on the eve of Download Festival 2011. Their first album in nearly seven years was, however, recorded with Seinfeld, so whatever happens from here on in, you’d expect them to be on form, right?

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Future Hits 107: I Am Heresy

January 11th, 2012

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I Am Heresy

From: Delaware/Maryland/New Jersey, United States
Lazy equation: Angry dads + Their angry kids = Tech Metal + Hardcore
URL: Facebook

Thrash Hits Verdict:Boysetsfire teases us with a reunion tour, even playing at Reading Festival 2011 and retreat back to the ether. The Casting Out calls it a day shortly after signing to Eyeball Records, Chambers unleash but one album, discharge their vocalist, and fizzle out. What does this mean? It means a bunch of dudes with jack shit to do.

Thankfully, this group of men (and boys) managed to reach out and touch one another to bring us a head-on collision of Boysetsfire and Chambers. It’s heavy metal enjoined with the youthful vigor of Nathan Gray’s own 17-year-old son, Simon, and BSF band mate, Josh Latshaw’s son, Jonah.

So far, we’ve been offered two tracks (download them below) ahead of an upcoming album on Magic Bullet Records. The music is certainly rooted in traditional metal and hardcore, but the twisted wreckage of bands gone past gives us a fusion worthy of original praise. We speak to Nathan Gray about his new project…

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