Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Gaza - No Absolutes In Human Suffering

Genre: Grindcore/Hardcore
Year: 2012

1. Mostly Hair and Bones Now
2. This We Celebrate
3. The Truth Weighs Nothing
4. Not With All the Hope in the World
5. The Vipers
6. No Absolutes in Human Suffering
7. The Crown
8. When They Beg
9. Winter in Her Blood
10. Skull Trophy
11. Routine and Then Death

Gaza is back and is as noisy and angry as ever. With their last release He Is Never Coming Back I wasn't sure how they were going to top such a perfect release. They some how managed to. This is just a absolute beautiful release yet in the same vain a fist straight to your face. You will not be disappointed by this. Please check this one out. -Jacob Rice

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Upward - Pushed Aside

Genre: Hardcore/Youth Crew
Year: 2012

1. Sheets Of Time
2. Holding On
3. Motivation
4. Pushed Aside
5. Take Your Chance

Another band from my bud Gianluca Sironi (Set Me Free) and man this is another really solid release. Like youth of today and other assorted old youth crew band? Yeah you should hop on this one because its just like those and is a completely awesome throwback. Digging it. Can't wait to see what else these guys do in the future! -Jacob Rice

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Moving Mountains

Album: Pneuma
Genre: Post-Rock/Indie
Year: 2007

1. Aphelion
2. Cover the Roots, Lower the Stems
3. Alastika
4. Fourth
5. 8105
6. Bottom Feeder
7. Sol Solis
8. Grow On, Grow Up, Grow Out
9. The Earth and The Sun
10. Ode We Will Bury Ourselves 

Album: Foreword
Year: 2008

1. Foreword
2. With One's Heart In One's Mouth
3. Armslength
4. Lights & Shapes

Album: Waves
Year: 2011

1. My Life Is Like a Chase Dream (And I'm Still Having Chase Dreams)
2. Where Two Bodies Lie
3. Tired Tiger
4. The Cascade
5. Once Rendering
6. Always Only For Me
7. Alleviate
8. Parts In Different Places
9. Furnace Woods
10. Full Circle

Album: New Light
Year: 2012

1. Alleviate
2. Ode We Will Bury Ourselves
3. Where Two Bodies Lie
4. 8105

This band is absolutely breathtaking. The general atmosphere and instrumentation is so beautiful and its complimented by a great singer. The lyrical content is easy to relate to and is deep. Also these guys are one of the best bands ive ever seen live. If you don't have this get it. -Jacob Rice

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Minority Unit

Album: Minority Unit
Year: 2011
Genre: Hardcore

1. Buried Alive
2. C.M.F.
3. Minority Threat
4. Times
5. White Brigade
6. Walk Away

Album: C.M.F.
Year: 2012

1. So Be It
2. Not Welcome
3. Unsure
4. The Few
5. M.Y.B.
6. Shattered Youth

Straight edge side project band of some of the members from Soul Search and Rotting Out. Both are really solid fast/angry hardcore releases. I think they broke up now after they played Sound & Fury though which is a sad thing to hear. Anyways, chech this one out if you've never heard it! -Jacob Rice

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Gianluca Sironi (Set Me Free) Interview

RYE: First of all introduce yourself and what band you are in for people who don't already know
Gianluca: Hi, my name is Gianluca and I play in Set Me Free with my friends Dan (vocals), Gabriele (guitar) and Stizzo (drums).
We are from Milan, Italy, and we play an old school Hardcore influenced by bands like Youth of Today, Chain of Strength and Wide Awake. 
The band started in 2009, we published under Youth Crew Records our first EP called Only One Flag (with our first singer Francesco), and now after more than one year we're out again with two new releases: a split 7" w/ Motivation (Honest for Truth Records) and Walkin' The Line EP under Open Up Records from Belgium. In these years we shared the stage with local bands, and also some international bands like Gorilla Biscuits, CIV, Supertouch, Truth Inside, Currahee, Risk It and many more.

RYE: How was the recording process on the new EP Walkin' The Line?
Gianluca: We started writing new stuff from the beginning of 2011,  while Dan was learning the old songs. In April about 8 tracks were ready, so we went to Cellar Door Station, to record them. The songs were quite easy, and we finished everything in the afternoon, so we wrote and recorded other two songs for a total of 10. Dan took the summer for the lyrics and in September of last year we came back to finish the work. 6 of them are in Walkin' The Line and the other 4 in the Split.
The recording process went well also thanks to our friend Gianluca Amendolara of Cellar Door, he's really full of experience.

RYE: Have you guys been on any tours or played any memorable shows recently?
Gianluca: No tours for the moment, but we hope to play around Europe as soon as possible. We have to find a good moment for everyone of us, specially because our drummer became father last year and he's always busy with work (he's a tattoo artist). One of the most memorable show for me was a "last minute" show in March with Truth Inside from Florida and Currahee from Manchester ... a bunch of crazy guys! And of course the one with Gorilla Biscuits, they are awesome and people were singing and jumping everywhere with them.

RYE: Seeing as we were just talking about shows and how the majority of people who visit my blog are from the US, how is the hardcore scene over in Italy?
Gianluca: That's really hard to explain! Every city is different from each other: Milano is full of bands, from metalcore to crust punk, even if we're not so united among ourselves. In other cities like Trento there are less shows and venues than here, but when I played there with Upward (my other band) there were twice more people than hereBy the way, today there are lot of cool bands all around Italy: Traces of You, Strength Approach, Jungle Fever, La Crisi, La Quiete and much more, even if there's not a big Straight Edge scene anymore.

RYE: So, more about your music. What is the general lyrical matter about? Obviously a bit is about straight edge seeing that you guys are a youth crew band. 
Well, all the lyrics are written by our singer, so he probably can tell you more about it. We decided to not focus ourselves only on the same stuff, you know, straight edge, drug free etc even if we're all edge. I think his goal was to make an overview of everything around us, from "the scene" matter, to what's under the eyes of everyone. 

RYE: How did Set Me Free start up? What made you guys want to do the kind of music you guys play? 
Gianluca: I started this band with a couple of friends when my old band broke up. When the project became more serious Stizzo and Gabriele joined me and our old singer. Even if he left the band we decided to continue with Set Me Free cause we were sure that this band had something more to say. I always wanted to play (and always played) old school because it's my favorite kind of music, and I think that Italy need more old school / youth crew bands. Our drummer started playing more than 10 years ago and same our singer... they have Hardcore in their veins! 

RYE: Do any of you guys have other projects? I saw you earlier said you were in a band called Upward.
Gianluca: Yes, I play the bass in another Youth Crew band called Upward. We just released our first 5 songs cassette EP titled Pushed Aside and promoted it with a small tour in Germany. 
Our guitarist started playing from a couple of months in Point Break, a melodic Hardcore band for fans of Bad Religion and Good Riddance. They recorded some demo songs a few weeks ago!

RYE: Where can people who like the music get ahold of your guys music/side projects?
Gianluca: We have a facebook page and a blog updated by me. We're also on Bandcamp with all our releases.

RYE: Any releases that you're looking forward to this year or have enjoyed this year and would recommend?
Gianluca: I ordered yesterday The Boston Strangler LP, and I'd like to get The Rival Mob - Mob Justice tape ... rad! I also can't wait to listen more stuff from Giant (Oslo), their demo was great.

RYE: What is lying ahead in the future for Set Me Free?
Gianluca: As I told you, I really hope to play around Europe before the end of this year. We're probably going to play with Strife when they'll start their european tour (the show in july was cancelled). We already started writing new stuff cause we really can't stop working, and I think it would be awesome to find a label for the future!

RYE: Any last comments?
Gianluca: Thanks a million for this interview and for the support! Good luck with your blog :)
Download their newest EP Walkin The Line here for free!

Also, this was my first interview ever.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Holograms - Holograms

Genre: Post-Punk
Year: 2012

1. Monolith
2. Chasing My Mind
3. Orpheo
4. Memories of Sweat
5. Transform
6. Apostate
7. ABC City
8. Stress
9. Astray
10. A Tower
11. Fever
12. You Are Ancient

Awesome new post punk band from Sweden. I'm getting a Joy Division and The Buzzcocks feel from this. Its really dark and passionate. Nothing really new for the sound of post punk but its a really solid record and I recommend giving this one a listen, especially the tracks Monolith and ABC City -Jacob Rice

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions

Genre: Drone/Sludge/Doom
Year: 2009

1. Aghartha
2. Big Church [Megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért]
3. Hunting & Gathering (Cydonia)
4. Alice

Literally the heaviest and most evil thing you'll ever hear (besides maybe the Oracle EP by these guys.) This is my favorite release by Sunn. If you've never heard of them, its just really long atmospheric dark songs. It is beautiful yet at the same time just pure evil. -Jacob Rice

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Caust - Mass Graves (We Would Be Better Off)

Genre: Screamo/Hardcore
Year: 2012

1. Autosacrifice
2. Your Father Gave You Good Advice
3. Sallekhana
4. I Am Howard Beale
5. For Myself
6. Beginning
7. Book Burner

One of the best releases i've heard this year. Extremely recommended screamo album. Please get this now, if you don't you are missing out. So much. -Jacob Rice

Clyde Webb - Get Bent

Genre: Folk Punk/Emo
Year: 2012

1. Church
2. Sick
3. Friends
4. Stuff
5. Get Bent
6. Forever
7. Maggots
8. Neat
9. Blast it!

Awesome one man folk punk project of Clyde Webb. This stuff reminds me of Paul Baribeau's early releases. Easy to relate to lyrics and well wrote. Plus Clyde is a really nice dude. Do me and him a favor and check this out! -Jacob Rice

Error - Error

Genre: Powerviolence
Year: 2012

1. Spectral Hand
2. Negative Space
3. Oh So Natural
4. Remystify
5. Money Still Stinks
6. Crude Mode
7. The Subtleties In My Skin
8. I Can't Be A Sex Symbol (On My Own Terms)

Really solid Powerviolence band from Iowa that submitted their music to me. Full of anger and fast riffs. Sure enough to pump you up and piss you off. If you're into Powerviolence or even Hardcore check this stuff out! -Jacob Rice

Friday, July 13, 2012

Mixtapes - Even On The Worst Nights

Genre: Pop Punk
Year: 2012

1. Seven Mile
2. Something Better
3. Hey Ma Pt. 2
4. Even On The Worst Nights
5. You Must Not Be From Here
6. You & I 
7. I'm Wearing The Device (Bridge,Water)
8. I'll Give You A Hint, Yes
9. Russian House DJ
10. Anyways
11. Indian Summer
12. One For The Ozarks
13. Just When You Thought It Was Over
14. Golden Sometimes
15. Basement Manners
16. Mt. Hope

I feel like this band honestly has more of a punk sound than pop. But nonetheless. I love this band. Such nice people too. Easy to relate to lyrics, fun music, and they put on a fantastic live show. Whats not to like? Give it a shot -Jacob Rice

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Merit - The One Day Demos

Genre: Emo/Indie/Punk
Year: 2012

1. Being You
2. Would You Like Me To Lie To You Now?
3. Every Face I've Worn
4. Forever.

Another awesome emo band submitting their music to me! Pretty straight forward likeable sad jams! These guys songs are so catchy I can't not like it. I can't wait to hear what else these guys put out. Check this one out its worth getting. -Jacob Rice

Monday, July 9, 2012

Brand New

Album: Your Favorite Weapon
Genre: Indie
Year: 2001

1. The Shower Scene
2. Jude Law and a Semester Abroad
3. Sudden Death in Carolina
4. Mix Tape
5. Failure by Design
6. Last Chance to Lose Your Keys
7. Logan to Government Center
8. The No Seatbelt Song
9. Seventy Times 7
10. Secondary
11. Magazines
12. Soco Amaretto Lime

Brand New - Deja Entendu
Album: Deja Entendu
Year: 2003

1. Tatou
2. Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades
3. I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Light
4. Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't
5. The Quiet Things No One Ever Knows
6. The Boy Who Block His Own Shot
7. Jaws Theme Swimming
8. Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis
9. Guernica
10. Good to Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Have to Do Is Die
11. Play Crack The Sky

Album: The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Year: 2005

1. Sowing Season (Yeah!)
2. Millstone
3. Jesus Christ
4. Degausser
5. Limousine
6. You Won't Know
7. Welcome to Bangkok
8. Not the Sun
9. Luca
10. Untitled
11. The Archers' Bows Are Broken
12. Handcuffs
13. Luca [Reprise Version]

Album: Daisy 
Year: 2009

1. Vices
2. Bed
3. At the Bottom
4. Gasoline
5. You Stole
6. Begone
7. Sink
8. Bought A Bride
9. Daisy
10. In A Jar
11. Noro

This is just one of those bands that I think everyone should have in their collection. They write beautiful catchy songs that have some of the best lyrics. I feel as if anyone can at least get into one of their cds considering every cd has a different sound. Its hard to put them into one genre since they have gone from pop punk to pop rock to alternative/indie to a heavier more aggressive grungy noise. If you don't have any of these download some of them and just check it out! -Jacob Rice

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Enlightenment - 2011 Demo

Genre: Hardcore
Year: 2011

1. Eclipse Of Reason
2. Place Of Hope
3. Message To Daddy
4. Our Opus

Hey guys, this is another submission. All the way from Leipzig Germany! So I gave this a listen through and its some pretty solid well produced melodic hardcore in the vein of Have Heart. I feel like the people who follow this blog could appreciate this so I decided to post this. Also the artwork is rad. Thanks guys 
-Jacob Rice

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Votnut - EP

Genre: Hardcore/Black Metal/Grindcore
Year: 2012

1. Cornered
2. All Is Cold
3. Wallow Within
4. World We Kill
5. Vultures Prey
6. Amongst The Dead

Like Young And In The Way? Get this. It is some of the members doing a little bit different of a style of music in the vein of things like Black Breath/All Pigs Must Die. I'm getting that whole Entombed like guitar tone on this stuff. I'm digging it a lot. This is a definite must check out! -Jacob Rice

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Algernon Cadwallader - Parrot Flies

Genre: Emo/Twinkle
Year: 2011

1. Springing Leaks
2. Pitfall
3. Preservatives 
4. Parrot Flies
5. If It Kills Me
6. Glenwood Ave.
7. Uniform
8. Sad
9. Chewed Up And Spit Out
10. Loose Cannons
11. Crusin'

One of my favorite emo releases all time as well as one of my favorites from 2011! This cd is pretty much perfect. Everyone just needs to try it. Its got something for everyone. Plus its super sad! Whats not to love about that? -Jacob Rice