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Black Josh, Straight Outta’ Manchester

At a quick glance, I thought Black Josh supposedly is a MC from the East Coast, but knowing that he’s from Manchester, England intrigued me even more. Won’t say much but check out his videos below for your own judgement.

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Back to Basic With Blacklisted’s “When People Grow, People Go”

I’m going to keep it short, sweet and simple for this new release album by Blacklisted for a number of reasons. First, it’s because I’ve only recently discovered this Philadelphia-based hardcore band. Second, I’ve only listened to the entire tracks in the last 3 days. Third, short and simple – but most definitely not sweet – are what “When People Grow, People Go” represents for the band and the genre. Continue reading “Back to Basic With Blacklisted’s “When People Grow, People Go””

Code Orange’s “I am King” Is Ferociously Raw

The first time I heard of Code Orange – formerly known as Code Orange Kids – and listened to their 2012 debut album “Love is Love//Return To Dust”, I thought “Am I too old for this?” Continue reading “Code Orange’s “I am King” Is Ferociously Raw”

[Mixtape] Good Fvkin Morning! Vol 1

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Phil Anselmo’s Solo Album, Walk Through Exits Only

One of my my personal favorite asshole-but-yet-respectable vocalist from the metal scene, Phillip Anselmo of Pantera and Down, just released his first solo album. Under the moniker “Phil Anselmo & The Illegals”, the new album titled Walk Through Exits Only is solid. Although not entirely original in sound as it  resembles some shades of his past work, but at least Phil appears to have the decency to move forward.

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10cc’s “I’m Not In Love” Orchestra Concert

English Rock band 10cc is a perfect example for one of many underrated 70s bands that did not make it through the next decades. However, personally I find 10cc as one of the greatest rock bands from the 70s, because till this day, their songs remain as memorable classics. One particular favorite song of mine is “I’m Not In Love”, and I wasn’t even born in the 70s, but I find this to be a quite a historical gem to pass on. Above is their orchestra rendition of the song in one of their reunion gigs in 2010.

Mars Volta “The Malkin Jewel” From Upcoming Album

The sixth full-length studio album by the almighty latin-influenced progressive rock band The Mars Volta is scheduled for release a month from today (I literally counted) on March 27th, 2012. Titled ‘Noctourniquet’, practically most of  the instrumentation materials was actually already recorded in 2009, but ongoing arguments between vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zaval and guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López halted the album from being completed for its initial release schedule.

To demonstrate a little taste of what’s to come, the band released the album’s first single “The Malkin Jewel” on February 14th.  Although the song does have quite an impressive eerie carnival-like reggae groove to it, but Cedric’s alternating sizzling croon and  raging snarls is moderately stale compared to his reputational vocal ability, and overall, the song progression is a bit repetitive. Fortunately, Omar’s spasmodic crunchy rhythm and drummer Deantoni Parks’s arcane percussion accommodates the grandeur edge it needs, and for a group like Mars Volta known for their explicit concept approach, one song can’t be used as a measurement of the real direction the band is taking for the album. Especially within this song, after minute 3:00 the song becomes fairly interesting with its psychotropic discord, a distinguished trait of this particular band (reviewbastard)

Chino Moreno’s †​†† second EP

Say what you will about Deftones frontman Chino Moreno – whether it be scrutinizing his vocals as whiny (say what?) or physically mocking his chubbiness (well, its true) – but the man and his band have served loyal fans by all their might and magic with a distinguished sound that cannot be imitated or simply generalized with a generic stylistic stereotype … other than “this is effin def-rock!

Despite his success with his core band, Moreno remains hard at work on songs for his side project ‘†††’( pronounced ‘Crosses’) with Far guitarist Shaun Lopez. Although their first EP released on mid-2011 did not receive much spectacle from the general music scene, but fans of his previous project ‘Team Sleep’ did appreciate and admire Chino’s alter passion for  a more laid back ambient with sophisticated sonic vibe. Late January 2012, Chino and Shaun issued their second EP dubbed ‘EP ††’.

For fans of Deftones, it is exactly the same as what you thought about the Team Sleep project; it’s very un-metal. It would be a waste of time comparing this side project with whatever idealistic idea you have about Chino Moreno in Deftones. But for those who can appreciate Moreno beyond the aggressive providence of Deftones piquancy – that is his fluidly resonating and soothing vocal work which is just too sexy and hypnotizing for metal in the first place –  the latest ††† EP is definitely a remarkable gem worthy to be played and listened over and over and over. (reviewbastard)

Star Fucking Hipsters: From The Dumpster to The Graves

Despite how the mainstream ska trend in the early 2000s have tainted the genuine esteemed principles of the music, ska punk perseveres and stands firm in the underground scene especially in the slums of New York. “From The Dumpster To The Grave” is the third record album from the Tri-State New York punk super group STAR FUCKING HIPSTERS which features former and current members of punk rock elite bands such as Leftöver Crack, Choking Victim, Ensign, The Ergs, and The Slackers.

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