Netherlands Punks Ink Bomb Drop “Fiction” To Explode Ear Holes

Release Date: August 23, 2019                                     

Format: Digital 

Location: Nijmegen (NL).

Favorite Tracks: Griefwalker, Brittle, Rerun, Ploughshares, 

Sounds Like: Voice of Addiction, Bitter Grounds, Off The Marks, FOL, New Narrative, Teenage Bottlerocket, and Good Riddance


Photo By Arian Stoetzer

You know what’s rad? Ink Bomb is based in Nijmegen (NL). So that means CPRA is reaching all over the world! I check our stats almost daily. I find it interesting when we are getting website visits from places like Hong Kong, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and etc. Now this review is not about web data, it’s about Inkbomb’s, “Fiction”! 

The record starts with my favorite song, “Griefwalker”. The drum intro is the perfect introduction to the album and Inkbomb. The chorus is quick to get stuck in your head. The bass plays a minor role, but adds that extra dark edge as the guitar playfully joins in. “Brittle” is the next track. 

This track could have easily ended up on a Pro Skater soundtrack. The overall progression has that old school skate sound. The lyrics have a message of confidence and unity. I know here in the states all of watching things go down the drain. The drums and lyrical content are the stars on the track. 

“So say your piece , 
Grit your teeth, 
Let them all blow, 
As you find your feet”

Griefwalker by Ink Bomb

Are you ready to pull out your rad air guitar skills? “Anchors” will have you doing just that. The lead singer’s voice is powerful as he slams poetry along with a heavy skate punk sound. “Sternschanze” is next and I may be wrong, but mentions the infamous Reeperbahn in Germany.

 “Scourge” is next and opens with a slower progression before it builds into a giant crescendo. The mix of perfect melodic, “Whoas”, combined with some amazing guitar skills is fantastic. “Count to Ten” follows with some powerful lyrics. This may be the slowest track on the record. “Rerun” bounces back with a fast progression. I am doing kickflips in my head as this track plays!  

Pop punk fans will love, “Midnight In The Desert” with its melodic and hopeful sound. This chorus is bound to get stuck in your mind. “Leap Of Faith” brings back the harder skate punk sound. This track seems to be more focused on the instrumental versus the vocal. 

“Cauterize”, slows down the album with an acoustic and flawless sound. This is beautifully written song as it dances through the shadows. Where did my skate punk go? Don’t worry though, “Ploughshares” brings it back with a vengeance as it is the final track. The drums and casual notes on guitar set up a revolution of sorts. While the chord strikes kick in to send the message. 

In summation, Ink Bomb’s, “Fiction”, is a masterful blend of pop and skate punk. Don’t overlook this little diamond in the rough. The album is currently up on major streamers and for purchase here, https://inkbomb.bandcamp.com/album/fiction.

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Griefwalker
  2. Brittle
  3. Anchors 
  4. Sternschanze 
  5. Scourge 
  6. Count to Ten 
  7. Rerun 
  8. Midnight in the Desert 
  9. Leap of Faith 
  10. Cauterize 
  11. Ploughshares

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CPRA and Cpra Skates Present: Coping and Chaos at Progresh Skate Park!

We have 3 kick ass bands!

1. Bad Desicions from Ft Collins! https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/bad-desicions/

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3. The New Narrative – https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/new-narrative/

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Skate Punk From Greece? Yep, Raised Wrong Drops, “Shut Up Already”

Release Date:  July 18, 2019                                                                                               

Format: Digital

Location: Loannina, GR

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Guitar, vox: Leo
  • Guitar: Fanis
  • Bass, vox: Kwstas
  • Drums: Andronikos

Favorite Tracks: 82 Street, Far From Now, Nutcracker, 21st Century, You’re Not Alone, Natural Disasters

Sounds Like: New Narrative, Teenage Bottlerocket, Sunset Silhouette, Voice of Addiction, PID, and Jerkswitch.


I love it when we get reviews in from across the world! It’s exciting to see it punk thriving. Sure our numbers may be small, but our army grows larger. So today let’s check out the new album released by Grecian punks, Raised Wrong, called “Shut Up Already”. 

This album kicks serious ass! From the start with 82 Street with its hardcore guttural style. The best description I can think of would be The Adolescents meet Teenage Bottlerocket. The cross over from skate to street punk is amazing on “Unknown Relatives”. Overall I cannot recommend this record more! 

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. 82 Street
  2. What’s Left Of Me 
  3. Far From Now 
  4. Nutcracker 
  5. 21st Century 
  6. You’re Not Alone 
  7. Confused 
  8. Natural Disasters
  9. Years 
  10. Unknown Relatives 

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The New Narrative Releases, “Story So Far” And Denver Skate Punk Gains Another Bad-ass Album

Cartoon of the band

Release Date: 7/18/2019                                                      

Format: Record/Vinyl/Digital Album

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Darin Bowman Vocals
  • Anthony Newby Guitar
  • George Wilson Bass
  • Dray Taylor Guitar
  • Marco Contreras Drums

Production: Recorded & Mixed by Bart McCrorey at The Crash Pad Studio

Mastered by Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room

Favorite Tracks: Uninvited , Left For Dead, Empty Chorus, Transient, Too Old To Punk, Money Well Spent, The Catcher, Bad Sounds

Sounds Like: Descendants, Teenage Bottlerocket, No Use For A Name, H20, Over Time, Madball, and Gorilla Biscuits


The New Narrative dropped, “Story So Far” on 7/18/2019. CPRA is currently blowing up with booking and promotion requests. We are having a hard time getting back to our roots recently. What is CPRA’s Mission/Roots? That’s you Denver. Sure Rhino isn’t 5 Points anymore. You are now far more likely to get bit by a purse dog before being mugged. Tarantulas now serves hipsters IPA’s instead of drugs. Not that it ever did, just that it was kinda scary sometimes.

Let’s talk about something still present in Denver and cities around the world. Its punk, sure it’s gone through a huge evolution. Who knows, maybe soon there will be a scene of “Old Town Road Punks”.  One thing hasn’t changed, skate punk and how much we love it. Hell we love it so much we started our own CPRA Skates!

When the New Narrative announced they were putting out a new album. We here at CPRA all became giddy with joy. “Story So Far” was recorded and mixed by Bart McCorey (Messiahvore, Throttlebomb, The Pitch Invasion, and Valiomierda) at The Crash Pad Studios. Jason Livermore (Livermores) mastered this record at the infamous Blasting Room. So let’s check this one out!

The album starts with, “Uninvited”. Get your kicks on and grab your board. The track is fast, with perfectly well timed, “Whoas”. It’s catchy and we can easily relate to the meaning. Oh did I mention they’re playing with legends, Agnostic Front at the Oriental?

The next track is “Bad Sounds”. I love Darin ’s vocals on this song. The pure and raw emotion is evident throughout while Anthony and Dray are shredding it on guitar. This is by far one of my personal favorite tracks. You can listen to ”Bad Sounds” below and be sure to check out the hilarious interview with Bart.

“Left For Dead” is up next. This track is dark and fast asf! Hit the pit and the hardcore comes full force! Marco’s drums are insanely quick. This track has an old school 87-92 Gorilla Biscuits like sound. Next up is another favorite, “Empty Chorus”. This track feels deeper lyrically. The timing is spot on. George’s bass lines though a bit hidden are thumping. Turn this one up! This track needs a video!

“Loose Ends” follows and screams as it flows in. Yet it slows down into more of anthem/ballad type track. The writing on this track is phenomenal. The change up is unexpected, yet perfectly executed. I’m happy I’m not in a place where I’m trying to tie up loose ends in a relationship. That sucks! “Transient”, brings back the energy and speed. This track reminds me early Suicidal, and bring that nostalgic feel. “Try To Feel Alive, While You’re Dead Inside”, try forgetting those lyrics haha!

Ok next up is the ultimate Dad Punk song and another favorite, Too Old To Punk”. Not only does this track kickass, but it’s true. I get within 2 feet of a pit and I’m leaving with broken bones. The track is so damn catchy. Punk Tacos play this shit! “Money Well Spent”, follows with another catchy almost pop punk, yet harder. This is an old fashioned drinking song, speaking on that, “You look like you would like to buy me a drink!” Bust out that air guitar now!

“We Might Be Horrible” is next. This pogo worthy song is driven on angst and I love it! Sadly the last track is up next, “The Catcher”. From the drum intro, I’m already hooked. This is the perfect song to finish out an excellent album. In reflection this record will be spinning constantly on my player. The New Narrative is not only a powerfully talented band, but their ability to cross genres is admirable. So pick up that board, and pop on, “Story So Far”.

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Uninvited 
  2. Bad Sounds
  3. Left for Dead 
  4. Empty Chorus 
  5. Loose Ends 
  6. Transient
  7. Too Old to Punk 
  8. Money Well Spent
  9. We Might Be Horrible
  10. The Catcher  

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Are You Ready For Over Time’s New EP, “Decades”?

Release Date: 7/13/2019                                                            

Format: Digital and physical

Production: “Decades”was  recorded at Denver’s, own Black In Bluhm studio.

Mastered at Dog Gate Studio

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ben Kellogg- Bass/Lead vocals. 
  • Ira Dechter-rhythm guitar/back up vox. 
  • Brian Burke-lead guitar/backup vox. 
  • Joel Gonzalez-Drums

Sounds Like: CIV, Comeback Kid, Gorilla Biscuits, NOISE, and Youth Of Today


In an age where EDM and shitty pop dominates the airwaves. You need some authentic and pure Denver punk to get through your day. Over Time hung up their Blades Of Steel to record a new EP for our ear holes. Speaking of Blades Of Steel I’m hoping they will release more of the shirts below. Mine is getting small or I’m getting fat. Anyhow you didn’t come to read about weight loss you came to read about, “Decades”. 

The record intros in with, “Decades: What A Nightmare”. As the heavy kick drum starts out. You can feel the weight of this song, as it launches into a full on audio assault. This track is about watching your friends change and growing older. This track hit me on a personal level. I’ve watched a few of my so called, “Best Friends”, grow up and move on, to never hear from them again. Yet I’ve made new friends since and my relationships with them are now everlasting.

And we’re past the point 

Where this life is scary

I’ve buried more friends than I’ve seen get married

Man, it’s sad to say

But I hope they’re all in a better place”

“Cant Stay The Same” is up next. Now I’m not sure if this is a coincidence or not but it seems there are some nods to the Boss aka Bruce Springsteen on this track. With references to the tracks, “Born To Run” and “I’m On Fire”. This track comes to life with energy, with strong chord strikes, head nodding drum beats, and great lyrical content. This tune will get stuck in your head from the get go. As the record progresses I  love it more and more. Here’s my own nod to the boss below. 

“Art Of The Steal” come up next. It reminds somewhat of an older H2O song. This one is politically charged and motivated by anger. If you’re even slightly afraid of a nasty pit, better get out on this one. If not join the fun! NYC Hardcore fans you will love this track! 

“Energy” follows with more speed and some insane drums. This track is more on the melodic skate punk side. The writer is reminiscing about time with a friend while listening to Op Ivy’s, “Energy”.  I felt I really couldn’t find the words when trying to describe this song. Nor felt I could give it the justice it deserves. Every time I tried to type a tear would well up. So I reached out for comment. 

Per Ben Kellogg, “So, “Energy” was written about a friend of mine, my best friend actually that left us in 2015. It touches on the years that we first met and our connection over a taped copy of “Energy” by Op Ivy and the times we spent learning all the songs on the record and singing them at the top of our lungs whenever we got the chance. Fox, the person in question, always had a bit of mystery surrounding him and constantly left me worrying, so the song kind of touches on that in the sense that I always had the utmost confidence that he would survive his demons, but was always a bit shaken to the core by some of our conversations. 

The first line, “I got that sinking feeling, the moment you flew south, you were the one that I told everyone about” kind of sums up the whole theme of the song, as I was always so proud and in constant awe of his friendship, but when he moved away in 2013 I just had a gut feeling that something bad was going to eventually happen.”

The next song is, “Twilight Sentinel”, fitting with the theme of the album and the nightmare of growing older. The acoustic intro starts out on a somber note, before building into an electrical climax. The bass line although not prominent adds that underlying emotion, while Kellog’s vocals provide the story. This vocals and style are similar to Lenny from Darkbuster. The big difference maker being, this track has an extreme amount of depth both instrumental and lyrically. 

“Walls”, loses the acoustic while returning to a faster heart pounding sound. This one is pure driven hardcore. Have you ever obsessed about something you missed or felt you needed? You might be over it, yet still think of it from time to time. Yet still feel like there is a political undertone.  

“Drag The Lake” is the last track on the EP. Personally I’m not ready for it to end. This track is nothing but heavy and I love it. One part I love about Over Time is you never really know which way a track will go. It may go the pop punk route, before quickly reverting to a hardcore skate punk sound. In my head I see fists pumping and kids circling the pit to this track. There’s a sense of unity somewhere in there. 

I reached out to the band for comment as I really wanted to know more about what drove this record into production. Per Ira Dechter, “The album has a theme of growth and putting the past behind you. Learning from our mistakes and becoming a better person. While still touching on the current state of our country with the songs like “Walls” and “Art of the Steal” relative to being a better person and treating everyone as equals no matter where they’re from or what their background is.”

This EP has come to an end and so must this review. Over Time’s, “Decades”, has been composed with anger, love, and unbridled talent. The brillaint combination of NYC Hardcore, melodic skate punk, and a dash of pop punk, makes this little EP, one giant record. Sure there may be more like it out there, but none made by Over Time. Be sure to download here, https://overtimehxc.bandcamp.com/ and hit their massive 4 Way Release Party with Filthy Hearts, Sorry Sweetheart, and ZEPHYR.

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Track List (Subject To Change)

1. Decades: What A Nightmare

2. Can’t Stay The Same

3. Art Of The Steal

4. Energy Master

5. Twilight Sentinel

6. Walls

7. Drag The Lake

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Hardcore Vs Pop Punk Night At Antero Hall (AKA Ecks Saloon) Tonight! Who will take the win?

A battle of epic PROPORTIONS, The fight of the century!

Tonight is the fight we have all been waiting for. The match of the century! Let’s first meet our referee! Weighing less than 3lbs from Adams County, Colorado is Slappy! Slappy has been busy as you can see below. He is the booker, security team, and overall ladies man for Dryer Fire. Slappy will be under scrutiny as he is currently in a substance abuse program.

Be sure to ready up and read our review of Dryer Fire’s, “Van Candy” here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/05/dryer-fire-van-candy/. He is in no relation to Mr Marbles, although this editor has heard some small footsteps in the night.

The contestants

Nebraska Pop Punks Liar Wire are are coming in hot off the heels. Check out their interview with Spotlight Omaha! Does Liar Wire have what it takes to take the crown?

Steadfast is rolling through with an impressive record for street punk and hardcore savagery! This Houston based band is ready to fight!

Who will this fight? You be the judge tonight at Antero Hall, Doors at 8, show at 9!

Keeping 90s Skatepunk Alive, Trashed Ambulance Releases, “Shorthanded”

Release Date: June 7, 2019                                                   

Format: Digital, cassette (limited to 100 copies, order now!!)

Label: Thousand Island Records

Location: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Jawsh
  • RB
  • Shark

Favorite Tracks: Open Road, Buy In, Round 3

Sounds Like: 90s Skate Punk, NoFX


Growing up, there was the holy trinity of punk rock labels. It was Epitaph, Hellcat, & Fat Records. This band takes me back to listening to the Fat Records for Fat People compilations. Obviously influenced by NoFX, a band that is apparently easy to hate on by many punks now, but fuck that hate stuff. I never understood how hating things & bands made you a more interesting person. They are a band still influencing great music, like Trashed Ambulance.

The band’s new EP, Shorthanded, isn’t set on reinventing music here, but they take a sound & do it well. Vocals & guitar that serve the sound very well. Excellent melodies that will stick in your head. Driving drums that are vital to giving the record the energy needed to make the band work. What stands out the most though, is the bass. I love bass solos, walking the bass instead of simply playing the notes. Rad bass lines throughout the EP.

Open Road is an excellent opening track for their new EP. it’s everything I mentioned above, & everything you need to know about how you’ll enjoy this record. Fun guitar and bass solos break up the end of Trash Queens, helping the track stand out. Buy In is a great self-deprecating track, “I’m never gonna win, so I might as well buy in.” Great hook. The standout lyric to me though, is from Round 3, the closing track from the band. “Don’t find solace by being a dick.” Great lyric, great message, fantastic song. Be good to each other, be good to this band. Check them out.

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Open Road
  2. Super League
  3. Buy In
  4. The Very Best
  5. Trash Queen
  6. Round 3

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About the writer:

Griffin has been listening to punk records for the last 25 years. Now residing is Colorado Springs with his wife & 4 kids, he still tries to catch as many shows as he can.