ALBUM REVIEW: Fu Manchu – The Return of Tomorrow

Fu Manchu formed in 1985 as Hardcore-Punk outfit Virulence whose sole release  1988’s If This Isn’t A Dream… has been reissued by Southern Lord. After this came a name and musical style change reminiscent of Corrosion of Conformity who undertook a similar evolution themselves. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Slope – Freak Dreams

You would not expect a band from Germany to have become as stricken by a plague that makes their booty move as Slope has on their new album “Freak Dreams” (Century Media Records). The slapped bass and in-your-face energy might make more sense if it were being delivered by skater punks from Southern California in the summer of 1989. Slope wastes no time laying out their own uplifting mofo party plan. This unique approach sounds like it could catch on much, in the same manner, Turnstile proved audiences are ready for more grooves and tired of the same old same old. “It’s Tickin” proves that the band is not just living off of the nostalgia for 90s funk rock, though it does have doses of that as well. Continue reading

The Boneless Ones (Dress The Dead, ex-Machine Head, ex-Forbidden) to release First New Album in 36 Years – “Back To The Grind” Next Month

Bay Area Crossover Thrash and Skate Punk The Boneless Ones will release their first new album in 36 years on May 13th, 2022, Back To The Grind!” The Bay’s answer to Suicidal Tendencies and D.R.I. came back into existence last few years with Featuring founding members Max Fox (vocals) and Troy Takaki (bass) with drummer Chris Kontos (ex-Attitude Adjustment, ex-Machine Head) and new guitarist Craig Locicero (Dress the Dead, ex-Forbidden). The band recently played with fellow locals Exodus and Exhumed as the opening act on the Live and Outside event. The band rose to fame with their sole full-length in 1986, Skate For The Devil. Pre-orders for Back To The Grind are live with a single apparently coming soon! 

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CONCERT REVIEW: Ill Niño – Drowning Pool – HED.PE – Evolution Empire: Live at The Gramercy Theater


I took a ride over to the Gramercy Theater in NYC to catch the Brothers In Arms tour featuring Drowning Pool and Ill Niño with support from HED.PE and Evolution Empire. While I have been long time fan of Drowning pool, this was my first time seeing them and any of the bands on this bill.

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Pennywise – Never Gonna Die

Never has there been a more apt title for a record than the new one from Hermosa Beach’s Pennywise, who have now been around for the better part of three decades. Never Gonna Die (Epitaph) is the bands attempt to right some of the wrongs they made on 2008’s Reason To Believe (MySpace), which for many die-hard fans was a real low point.Continue reading