FullCount – Part Of The Game

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Release Date: October 12, 2018

 

Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl

 

Label: Lockjaw Records

 

Location: Quebec City

 

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Chris Lehoux-Vocals/Bass
  • Jessy Boilard-Drums/Backing Vocals
  • Max Cat-Guitar/Vocals
  • P-O Brouard-Guitar/Backing Vocal
  • Jean-Philippe Alain-Guitar/Backing Vocal

Favorite Tracks:

Back Against the Wall, The Motion, Discord & Treachery

Sounds Like:  Skatepunk with a good amount of Metal-core thrown in


 

This is the perfect band that you’d hear at the peak of Warped Tour, then want to check out later when you were looking for new tracks to add to your playlist. Strong rock & roll, that you’ll want to hear more of once you’ve heard a little. Gritty vocals, skate punk bass lines, punk speed on the drums, and guitar. Holy crap, the guitar. This dude is a metal head.

 

The record starts with “Back Against the Wall.” Which, as a song title, does it get more “punk-angst” than that? And this is angsty music, not a feelgood album of the year. I mean, who hasn’t had a day where you want to turn up the dial on a song called “Losing at Bullshit”? Powerful, mad at the world music, as good punk should be.

The metal guitar shines on the aforementioned “Back Against the Wall.” The vocals are gritty, a little sloppy at times, but it’s punk rock. No one was saying that Johnny Rotten had the voice of an angel. The backing vocals are really strong here and throughout the record, & give a nice blend to their sound.

Another standout track again for me was “The Motion.” Here, the melodies of the vocals, both lead & backing, really shines, then there’s that metal breakdown at the close of the song.

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On “Discord & Treachery,” the lead vocals go right into hardcore, & that where the lead vocals were strongest. On “Maze Dream,” I was really liking the sound & feel of the song, then it ended, as it was pretty short, but it still really stood out. Then it went right into “Leap of Faith” which was another great energetic punk track.

One thing that artistically stood out was that each song played into the next. It plays like a live show, & thought was put into the order like a set list, not just track after track.

Solid punk, that you’ll want to add to your list of bands to stream, & if it’s your thing, order the record for that next “Losing at Bullshit” day that you want to get through with a good rock record.

 

Tracks:

  1. Back Against the Wall
  2. Killdozer
  3. The Motion
  4. Dry Bite
  5. The Host
  6. Them Shots Deep
  7. Discord & Treachery
  8. Alter Ego
  9. Maze Dream
  10. Leap of Faith
  11. Losing at Bullshit
  12. Dare Me Once

 

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I Am The Owl – A Mission to Civilize: Part II

I Am The Owl – A Mission to Civilize: Part II

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Release date: June 1, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Ft Collins, Colorado

Current Lineup:

  • Josh Rivera – Guitar/Vocals
  • Kyle Krueckeberg – Bass/Vocals
  • Corey Hatch – Drums
  • Josh Harrelson – Guitar

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Recorded and Mixed: The Blasting Room, Ft Collins CO, by Andrew Berlin

Mastered by: Jason Livermore.

Favorite Tracks: Faith (No More), Houston, You Haven’t Fooled Me, and A Mission To Civilize

Sounds Like: Bottom Bracket, Bad Brains, H2O, Dead Kennedys, Fair Do’s, System Restore, Sepultura, Corrosion of Conformity, and Slayer


 

The Blasting Room continues to produce some amazing and epic music. I love this little snippet from their website, “The Blasting Room was built in 1994 by members of Descendents, ALL, and Black Flag, and is located two miles from Historic Old Town Fort Collins. Our skilled and experienced staff have over 80 years of combined experience in the recording industry, and a vast collection of state of the art and vintage recording gear at their fingertips”.

That’s a pretty sweet fucking story. I have no doubt The Blasting Room is helping put the Colorado Music Scene on the map. Last week reviewed, Colorado punks, Came And Took It – “Resume”.

This week I’m proud to introduce yet another epic recording from the Blasting Room, I Am The Owl – “A Mission to Civilize: Part II”.  This album comes hot off the heels of their 2016 release, “A Mission to Civilize: Part I”. This album has a great origin story behind it. The band was granted the Misha Wish grant and the Colorado Creative Industries, Career Advancement Award. Per the band without these awards/Grants the new album wouldn’t have made it.

It’s amazing that Colorado has such badass organizations to help bands put out new material. So let’s get into, “A Mission To Civilize Part II”. The album kicks off with ‘Faith (No More)’.  This song really sets the tone for such a kick ass album.

 

It’s heavy and fast paced. The drums and vocals are the highlight for me. The lyrics are really deep, while guitars absolutely shred!

“By now it’s clear I don’t get the joke
And I’m regretting that I ever spoke
When everything is motivated by lust
We’ve run out of other people to trust”

‘Houston’, is up next on the list. This one continues the dark tone combined with 2 awesome vocalists! This one will get any metal and punk fan heading for the pit. Prepare your neck, this one is brutal! This one is my personal favorite on the album. ‘Rattlesnakes’, follows with more of an H2O sound. Clearly I Am The Owl knows how to please rockers of any genre. The drums are fucking nuts on this track! ‘You Haven’t Fooled Me’, starts with a kick ass guitar solo. It’s pure shred for those skaters and stoner rock folks. I love the main riff on this one.

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‘New Horizon’ is up next on the record. This one will be another pit favorite. I find it truly unique the blending of punk and metal these guys bring. The vocals seem to be almost unreachable by the human voice. ‘A Mission To Civilize’, follows this to end out out the ep. This is probably my second favorite on the ep. This song kicks serious ass!

Overall, I Am The Owl’s new record is amazing. The guitars, bass, drums, and vocals are perfectly in sync throughout. This one could easily fit into any punks or metalheads collection. The coolest about them is their ability to switch from hardcore to metal in a heartbeat. Skater’s you’re definitely gonna want to pick this one up!

Track List: Per Bandcamp

  1. Faith (No More)
  2. Houston
  3. Rattlesnakes
  4. You Haven’t Fooled Me
  5. New Horizon
  6. A Mission To Civilize

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamtheowlband/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamtheowlband/

Bandcamp: https://iamtheowl.bandcamp.com/

Website: https://www.iamtheowl.com/

Came And Took It – “Resume” (Early Preview)

Came And Took It – “Resume” (Early Preview)

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Release date: Projected October 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Ft Collins, Colorado

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

Austin – Vocals & Bass

Sotirios – Drums

Brady – Guitar

Favorite Tracks: Straddling The Line, Last Call (Cease and Sequester), Evergreen Palms, Waves, Resume, The Slow Boat To Siberia.

Sounds Like: Off The Mark, Fourbanger, Nerdlinger, Stray The Course, The Menzingers, The Queers and The Lawrence Arms.


 

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Colorado is one awesome state. We have a prospering economy. The mountains, plains, and the sand dunes. We have a thriving art and music industry that is quickly approaching the likes of Los Angeles and New York City. We just recently celebrated 142 years of statehood. So a happy birthday is in order! This leads me to introduce Ft Collins based, Colorado punks, Came And Took It. The former Austin based band, picked up and moved to our great state.

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We scored an early preview copy of their upcoming album, “Resume”. Before I get into, “Resume” let’s talk about their 2016 release, “Bait For Buzzards”. “Bait For Buzzards’, has some great songs on it like, ‘Broken Skull’, ‘All That Glitters’, and my favorite, ‘Drowning”.  It has a completely different sound when compared to “Resume”. I spoke with guitarist Brady Boyle and he offered some insight on the differences.

“Came and Took It originally formed in Austin, TX as Galley West. Then some dildos from Utah sent them a cease-and-desist order, forcing them to change their name. What a bunch of chodes. Posthumously releasing their debut LP, “Bait for the Buzzards” in 2016, Came and Took It took on the themes of addiction, mental illness, heartbreak, and hatred of hipsters

in a 13-song punch to the face, recorded in a time-honored DIY tradition by co-vocalists (and audio engineers) Austin Corley and Josh Cornal, themselves.

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Fast forward to 2017 – the band decided to reunite and relocate to Fort Collins, CO, where they recently recorded a new LP, Resume, at the Blasting Room and are looking to spread their infectious dual-vocal assault of dour lyrics over catchy melodies and aggressive rhythms to their new home state.”

Maybe I should thank those Chodes, Brady mentioned, because this album kicks ass. This one was recorded at the Blasting Room in Ft Collins. So let’s get into “Resume”. The opening track ‘Straddling The Line’, kicks off the record. The lyrics are amazing.

The hooks and melodies blend in perfect combination. By far this is my favorite on the record. I don’t usually play air guitar, but when I do it’s to, ‘Straddling The Line’. I have high hopes for this song. Hello Dying Scene or Punk Tacos?

“I’m refining all of my theories of why you can’t depend on me,

I’ll fuck up something else along the way,

It’s a never ending science fair,

All are welcome, stop and stare,

This project here is called, “Don’t Drink, Now Pray”

Up next on the track list is, ‘Last Call (Cease And Sequester). This one has a really kick ass bass lines. The vocals and melody will keep you humming long after it’s over. The lead singer on this reminds me of a much harder version of Weezer’s, Rivers Cuomo. Again this one has some really catchy lyrics! The next song is ‘Sleep’.

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‘Sleep’, starts out with a western guitar riff. This one is a bit on the slower side. I really like the drums on this one. Let’s move on to ‘Evergreen Palms’. This one is my second favorite on the album. This one reminds me a bit of the Descendants with a socal punk sound. I love the lyrics on this one. The vocals combined with the drums make for a perfect sing along.

“I hope the evergreen palms are treating you right,

And the 405 isn’t wasting away your life,

Suffering and sacrifice – See it all but can’t sleep at night,

I’m leaving you in the shadow of the shrine,

Suffering and sacrifice – See it all but can’t sleep at night,

Lose everything,

I’m leaving you in the shadow of the shrine”

Those are some really deep lyrics! Let’s move onto the next track, ‘Waves”. Here’s yet another favorite on the record. The guitar shreds while the bass brings in the edge. I think this one has some pop’s potential as well. This song reminded me of some past bad relationships I’ve had. This one meets our definition of “Break Up Punk”. ‘Resume’, is up next.

I simply love this fucking song! These guys really know how to write some great music. They lyrics are so relatable. You have this massive crush on someone. Yet all the douchebags are lined up ahead. The addition of the acoustic guitar at the end is beautiful!

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‘You, Me, And Chemistry (Pleasure)’ is up next. This one is like the perfect follow up to ‘Resume’. “I guess I lost some faith in you and me and chemistry”. I drums are this one are perfect. ‘100’, comes in with an acoustic intro, which is quickly joined in by bass and drum.

‘Filters’, rolls up next on the record. This one seems a bit darker, yet maintains the pop punk melody. ‘Sticking It To Crazy’, comes up next on the record. This one is probably the hardest on the record with it’s melodic hardcore sound. ‘Unrealized’, continues the previous tempo. I love this one as it speaks to the human in all of us.

“Maybe I’m lost,

Maybe I always was,

If the stars don’t ever align,

I’ll just become,

Unrealized, unrecognizable,

Ostracized, marginalized, and unforgettable”

‘The Slow Boat To Siberia’, this tack is obviously on the political side. This is a true punk rock song. It speaks of America’s tradition of blacklisting anyone who questions it’s ideals. This one finishes out the record well sort of haha. “I got a little penis”.  This song really blew me away lyrically. The harmonies and message is almost like a call to arms for the punk community. Obviously not firearms of course, fists only please.

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Let me make this a wrap. Came and Took It, has produced an epic record that combines the melodies and struggles of humanity. I personally cannot wait for this record to drop. With songs like, “’Straddling The Line’, ‘Evergreen Palms’, and ‘Resume’ they have mastered the pop punk sound. This one is added to the 2018 CPRA Album Of The Year contender list! Keep your eye out for preorder information here, https://cameandtookit.com/ .

 

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Fair Do’s – “Leopards”

 

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Release date: July 27th 2018

Format: Digital, physical, and vinyl

Label: Lockjaw Records

Location: Manchester, England

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

  • Danny – guitar/vox
  • Dave – guitar
  • Josh – bass/vox
  • John – drums/vox

Favorite Tracks: Distress Call, Royal Flush, Cowabunga, Hostile Company, and Hanging

Sounds Like: All Out Helter, Propagandhi, Strung Out, The Shell Corp, Local Resident Failure, Main Line 10, United Defiance and War Fever.


Anger driven metal punk? Sounds GREAT to me…

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We are really fucking lucky here at CPRA. This week we reviewed so many different types of music.

We started it off with Aussie melodic punks, Nerdlinger. Then onto glitter surf punks, Hayley and The Crushers, and now we get heavy with the Fair Do’s.  Let’s check out their upcoming new release, “Leopards”.

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The album kicks off with by far my favorite song of all, ‘Royal Flush’. This track has some kick ass drums, awesome shreds, and vocals. Let’s flush the royalty out and for me that includes the American government. I wonder if Trump’s hair would make a cool swirly going down?

The next track up is, ‘Distress Call’, this one keeps up the melodic speed, with almost Dime Bag like bass lines. The drums again are fantastic. ‘Cowabunga’, is about not giving up a fighting for the common man. The vocals are fucking amazing on this one. The guitar riffs on this one are reminiscent of Maiden’s Dave Murray.

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Next up, ‘Hanging’, this song will definitely bring out the metal head in you. The combination of shred, and drums is insanely good. It only seems to get better when the vocals kick in.  ‘Closing In’, really reminds me of early Corrosion of Conformity. The range the vocalist can reach is fucking nuts. ‘Hostile Company’ continues the onslaught of progression and speed. Watch out for the pit on this one, somebody’s going to the hospital.

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‘Candleman’ continues the record and the mayhem. Again I hear very Dime Bag like bass lines, and awesome vocals. ‘In The Mean Time’, this might actually be one of their slower songs on the album. This track continues the extreme talent on guitar.

This track is another one of my favorites on the record. This one definitely needs to be heard on vinyl. ‘Lose My Touch’, I really dig the drums on this one. ‘Carried Away’ closes out the album. This one is less on the metal, but more on the melodic punk side. This is a great song with a perfected sound. It makes me wonder, are our leaders the Leopards circling us like prey? Or is it the exact opposite?

Overall this album absolutely shreds. The Fair Do’s have created an album which combines the brutality of metal with a melodic skate punk sound. Make sure to load this up on your playlist before participating in anarchic activities, haha! Get this one on vinyl for the best sound! Also be sure to check out Lock Jaw Records while you’re there!

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fairdosband/

Bandcamp: https://lockjawrecords.bandcamp.com/album/leopards

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7cAuYl6Kzztzn9L3Q6xQXv

Sounds Like Words – Meat

Sometimes, when I do this, I come across an album that makes me think to myself, “This sounds like it should be a movie soundtrack!”

This usually happens when I listen to something that includes fully instrumental tracks on the album; which is something I love!

That’s what happened when I listened to “Meat,” by Sounds Like Words!

This album sounds like a cross between early Slayer and Calaberas-era Sepultura, mixed with some Tool and Deftones; filled in nicely with some old-school Butthole Surfers chaotic bizarre-ness, and gritty FEAR or GG Allin-style vocals. Honestly, if you like any (or all) of those bands, then you would be quite content with your purchase of this finely-crafted work of art!

… and if you’re looking to make said purchase, it can easily be done here: https://soundslikewords.bandcamp.com/album/meat

I am firmly rooted in the belief that anyone who does so will be happy that they did!

Corrosion Of Conformity – No Cross No Crown

The fury, destruction, regret, remorse, and redemption culled into one intangible teeth nashing dead eyed stare? That is the sonic journey Corrosion of Conformity’s new album No Cross No Crown takes you down. Marking the return of Pepper J. Keenan to the band we stray back into the familiar yet ominous territory of despair and revenge.
Similar to a ten round fight, this album comes out of the corner and demands your full emotional attention with a brutal punishment of stepping on your neck with the same ease as one does a stage monitor before shredding blistering solo. By the middle of this album you’re not sure if your mouth guard is still anywhere near the current location of your teeth.
Reef Mullin’s drums work you over with punishing body blows while Mike Dean’s bass drills into your kidneys without mercy or remorse. Woody’s guitar slaps you across the face like a ruthless corner man who has no regard for the consequences because Pepper hovers above it all with a smirking sneer of a stoner metal despot who knows he has rigged the match. Buy this album now!

By Admin Falcon

Crusades – ​This is a Sickness and Sickness Will End

​This review is a bit of a departure from our typical wheelhouse, but great music doesn’t just come from one particular genre or sub-genre; and I happen to be a (selective) metal fan. I don’t like the typical “cookie monster” bands. Being that I come from a theatrical background, I place high value on bands that have more than the ability to play the same note REALLY fast for two minutes to cover up the faults of a shitty singer… that’s not the metal I like.

​When I listened to the album, This is a Sickness and Sickness Will End, by Crusades, I didn’t hear a punk album. I heard some punk elements, and certainly an influence by Rise Against, but what I really heard was a power metal album… which is the metal I like!
​The bands that I would compare Crusades to are bands like Kamelot, Queensryche, Blind Guardian, and Sabaton; with maybe a little Ministry and Killing Joke-style 90’s industrial-ish edge.

If you’re into epic builds, theatrical vocal performance, and more of a “Dream Theater” kind of feel; this is probably up your alley!

​I liked this album a lot; and in fact, I recommended it to my friends with whom I regularly see metal shows!
Their new EP is availble here, https://crusades666.bandcamp.com/album/this-is-a-sickness-and-sickness-will-end and a full length album on most online music retailers.