Chicago Punks, Evil Engine release new EP, “#2”after signing with No Affiliation Records

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Release Date: November 16, 2018                 

Format: Digital

Label: No Affiliation Records

Location:

  • Chicago, IL

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Kryssie Crisis – Vocals
  • Jamie Booth – Guitar
  • Mike Skull – Bass
  • Colin Holmes – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Upstanding Citizen, Degeneration, Sink & Drown, Get The Gun, and POW

Sounds Like: Hot Apostles, Bad Cop, Bad Cop, The Distillers, A Pretty Mess, and Bad Religion


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When word dropped that Chicago-based punks, Evil Engine signed up with No Affiliation Records. I knew right away I had to check them out. No Affiliation is putting kickass bands one right after another. We reviewed many of them here. If you’re currently reading this from the toilet this, “#2” is for you! Let’s check it out!

The record kicks off with, ‘Upstanding Citizen’. This one is anthem like, encourages unity against tyranny. Kryssie’s vocals on this one are killer! There’s a kickass guitar solo that flies in for a few, but soon blends in with the excellent drums and guitar.

Next up on the track list is, ‘Degeneration’. This one has some catchy lyrics, fantastic drums, and a great message. This reminds of The Rumjacks, ‘Saints Preserve Us’ and Bad Religions, ‘20th Century Digital Boy’. The message is simple. Has technology killed a polite society? Being somewhat of an introvert I love technology, but even I realize that I have to put my phone down for my children’s sake. This song needs a music video a.s.a.p!

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The third track is, ‘Sink & Drown’. Again Kryssie’s vocals lead the rest of the band in a heavy hard rock, almost metal, yet still retaining a Suicidal Tendencies punk sound. The lyrics on this one are powerful as hell.

“The planet is mine,

the people are fucked,

our greatest achievement is to get rid of us.”  

The next track is, ‘Get The Gun’. This is my own personal favorite track. I have high hopes this song will hit Punk Tacos, although they tend to play it safe. This one is politically charged and sadly speaks the truth about ‘Mericas” law enforcement. This melodic anthem is catchy, yet powerful with great bass, the drums rock and heavy shreds.

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The last track on this epic EP, is ‘Prisoner Of War”. This song reminded of Stiff Little Fingers antiwar song, ‘Wasted Life’. We send our soldiers out to fight in wars we shouldn’t have started in the first place. We send them to liberate countries that want nothing to do with our version of so called, “Democracy”.

Yet when the soldiers come home they become prisoners of their minds. Our mental health system in America is plain fucked. Back to my review! You’ll soon begin chanting along as the guitar screams. The bass backing lends that cutting edge. The track is wicked.

“Dying for an upper class that doesn’t even care”

Let’s face it the world is a shit show. Its bands like ‘Evil Engine” that make it something worth fighting for. So should you give this record a spin? YES, do it now. Plus you can piss off that family of yours for Thanksgiving with their album art. They’re going places and you need to be at the jumpstart. Pick it up the new EP here, https://evilengineofficial.bandcamp.com/ .

Check out this awesome Evil Engine cover of ‘OI To The World’ by the Vandals!

 

Tracks:

  1. Upstanding Citizen
  2. Degeneration
  3. Sink & Drown
  4. Get The Gun
  5. Prisoner Of War

Links:

 

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/

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