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Bold – Judge – The Search – What It Meant

September 18th, 2005

The Narrow Path Divided

While hardcore and straight edge may have been started by bands like Minor Threat, it was groups like Youth of Today, Chain of Strength, Bold and Judge who helped push it further than when Ian MacKaye screamed “I’ve got the straight edge.” Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in Reviews

CKY – An Answer Can Be Found

September 5th, 2005

It’s No Jackass (Unfortunately)

It helps to have a famous younger brother, known for his skateboarding, riding around parking lots in shopping carts, and wreaking hell on his parents. If not for that, groups like CKY, and their new album An Answer Can Be Found, would never see the light of day. Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in Reviews

Funeral For A Friend – Hours

August 2nd, 2005

Not Above Average

After a well received debut on Ferret Music, Funeral For A Friend have come at us with a major label album entitled Hours. Unfortunately, signing to Atlantic hasn’t done much to improve their rehashed style of emo. Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in Reviews

Failed Attempt by the Prince of Evil

July 25th, 2005

Misfits, Samhain, and Danzig fans rejoice, Glenn Danzig is blessing the masses with a new DVD. Titled Il Demonio Nera, it is a culmination of videos from Danzig 4 and Danzig 5, including the unreleased video for “Serpentia.” Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in Features

The Transplants – Haunted Cities

July 11th, 2005

The Surgeons Are In

The Transplants new album, Haunted Cities, is a smattering of musical styles thrown together in such a way that makes classification difficult. At times it’s punk, sometimes rocksteady, every once in a while a hip-hop approach is present. The only thing that is for certain is that The Transplants are a creative, genre-defying group that have become more than just a side-project. Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in Reviews

Circa Survive – Juturna

June 23rd, 2005

A New Beginning

Equal Vision Records has been known in the hardcore and punk scenes for years, giving us acts such as Ten Yard Fight, Floorpunch, Coheed and Cambria, and more recently, scream heavy acts such as Fear Before the March of Flames and Alexisonfire. While the “screamo” style is still popular, it’s nice to have a change. Enter Philadelphia’s Circa Survive, the love child of former Saosin frontman Anthony Green and Colin Frangicetto. Circa Survive play aggressive indie-rock on their debut Juturna, showing that screaming isn’t needed to make a good album. Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in Reviews

Alkaline Trio – Crimson

June 16th, 2005

Batteries Not Included

There are certain artists who understand music so well, that they can put together ultra poppy music along with twisted lyrics and come up with a formula for success. Alkaline Trio possesses this skill, and have used it on every album since their 1999 debut Goddamnit. Four other albums, a smattering of singles, and countless tours give us the next album of demented pop-punk from the boys from Chicago, Crimson. Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in Reviews

Brain Failure – American Dreamer

June 9th, 2005

The American Dream

When one thinks of good, hard-driving street punk, these cities come to mind, London, New York, Philadelphia, and a couple others. One doesn’t tend to think of Beijing as a punk city. Beijing’s Brain Failure, with their style of anthemic, catchy punk rock, are hoping to change this, with their new album American Dreamer. Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in Reviews

Underoath – They’re Only Chasing Safety

May 23rd, 2005

Chasing Mediocrity

Underoath, known for their Solid State debut The Changing Of Times, felt that giving the world one album that sounded generic wasn’t enough. It’s a shame, especially since they used to be a dark, brooding metal band, and then felt that going the poppier, “screamo” route was the way to go. Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in Reviews

Unwritten Law – Here’s To The Mourning

May 10th, 2005

Mourning For The Past

Unwritten Law used to be a punk band. They used to have aggressive, catchy songs that kids could dance to. Their latest effort, Here’s to the Mourning, is a piece of a radio-friendly trash, devoid of anything worthwhile. Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in Reviews