Album Review: KoRn – The Serenity Of Suffering

Album Review: KoRn – The Serenity Of Suffering

Band: KoRn Album: The Serenity Of Suffering Genre: Nu-metal Date of Release: 21/10/2016 Location: Bakersfield, CA Reviewer: Mitch Alexander For Fans Of: Old KoRn, old Slipknot, old System Of A Down, being old Track Listing: 1. Insane (3:50) 2. Rotting In Vain (3:33) 3. Black Is The Soul (4:01) 4. The Hating (4:23) 5. A Different World (feat. Corey Taylor) (3:21) 6. Take Me (3:00) 7. Everything Falls Apart (4:17) 8. Die Yet Another Night (4:29) 9. When You’re Not There (3:25) 10. Next In Line (3:28) 11. Please Come For Me (2:54) I have two competing theories when it comes to the new KoRn album. One is that it’s a really good album. The other is that I think it’s a really good album, but I’m wrong and it isn’t. Obviously these two positions can’t both exist; if one is true the other has to be false. As I hurtle towards 30 I’m terrified by both the speed of change, and the likelihood that my tastes have calcified, turning me into that old bearded cockhead at the back of the venue, arms crossed and practised look of disdain slathered across my less than elastic face. When I started listening to metal, I used to fucking despise the Old Dudes into Metallica. “Shut up grandpa,” I’d sneer. “Instead of listening to music maybe you should check your prostate!” Then I’d skull a Woodstock and throw up. But the metal that was formative in my youth is as far away from me now as The Black Album was when I first heard it. I am become Grandpa, destroyer of fun....
Song Review: Superheist – Fearing Nothing

Song Review: Superheist – Fearing Nothing

Band: Superheist Song: ‘Fearing Nothing’ Genre: Rock Date Of Release: 06/11/2016 Location: Melbourne Reviewer: Mitch Alexander For Fans Of: A few after work frothies Before I begin, I say to you that security is an indispensable pillar of human life and that free men do not forfeit their security, contrary to Bush’s claim that we hate freedom. If so, then let him explain to us why we don’t strike for example – Sweden? And we know that freedom-haters don’t possess defiant spirits like those of the 19 – may Allah have mercy on them. Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. I saw a student outside, I was in the hall– [sound of shots being fired out in the hall]; Oh, dear God! Okay! I was on hall duty, I saw a gun. I said “What’s going on out there?” And the kid that was following me said it was a film production, probably a joke, and I said “Well, I don’t think that’s a good idea and I went walking outside to see what was going on. He pointed the gun straight at us and shot and, my God, the window went out and the kid standing there with me, I think he got hit… Okay. Um. I’m not going to go to the door. He just shot toward the door. I’ve got the kids on the floor, um. I got all the kids in the library on the– … Okay. I...
Album Review: Graves – Monster

Album Review: Graves – Monster

Band: Graves Album: Monster Genre: Metalcore, mosh, downtempo Date Of Release: 21/11/16 Location: Wollongong, NSW Reviewer: Benjamin Muir For Fans Of: Black Tongue, Traitors, Scourge Track Listing: 1. 506 (4:28) 2. Decay (3:16) 3. Monster (3:24) 4. Fear (3:25) 5. Ratface (1:53) 6. Father (3:42) 7. Kyden (3:50) 8. Alone (4:21) 9. Erase (3:29) 10. Sick (3:06) 11. Empty (3:50) Wollongong mosh outfit Graves have been around for half a decade now, and have garnered a considerable following in that time. Monster is their first full-length release, following an EP in 2013 and several singles thereafter that were included with this release. I don’t often listen to a lot of the super-low tuned end of the mosh spectrum, nor do I often gravitate toward the sludgier or doomier end of it, but after this I’m seriously considering shelling out for an eight-string and some passé longsleeves with writing on the arms. I was persuaded to take on this review after thoroughly enjoying ‘Fear’ (which turned up in my Youtube recommended videos the day it dropped), and I most certainly do not regret taking this review on in spite of having a slew of assessments that same weekend; enjoying this release got me through it a lot easier. Monster is exceptionally well paced, beginning with steady, groovy mid-tempo tracks from the first to the fourth. The first couple of singles at tracks one and four are both stellar, with the pit call in ‘Fear’ being exceptionally memorable; I can see it being a mainstay of their live set for a long time to come. Incredibly well written as a mosh...
Album Review: Trap Them – Crown Feral

Album Review: Trap Them – Crown Feral

Band: Trap Them Album: Crown Feral Genre: You wouldn’t get it man Date Of Release: 23/09/2016 Location: Boston + Seattle Reviewer: Mitch Alexander For Fans Of: Converge, Day Nineteen: Fucking Viva by Trap Them, The Armed Track Listing: 1. Kindred Dirt 2. Hellionaires 3. Prodigala 4. Luster Pendulums 5. Malengines Here, Where They Should Be 6. Speak Nigh 7. Twitching In The Auras 8. Revival Spines 9. Stray of the Tongue 10. Phantom Air The first two minutes of this album had me worried. “The only groups who should get ‘introspective’ or ‘pensive’ on later releases are the ones who warned you on previous occasions that they might, like Opeth or Carly Rae Jepsen. A rollicking nihilist grind powerviolence hardcore/whatever band like Trap Them have no business being thoughtful!”, I proudly thought to myself as I festered in my unwashed Nails longsleeve, the one that’s the Joy Divison mountain-range shirt for super cool people who like deliberately shit mixes. Turns out I was too busy enjoying being a smug and self-indulgent Ballou Bro, because after about three minutes and four songs into the album, I realised that not only had Trap Them not turned into that band (it was just a misstep of an opening track), but that maybe they should have. All the elements are in place for me to love this CD. I have adored everything Trap Them have done before this; the song ‘Day 19’ is a work of art, the lyrics are actual poetry, and I will throat punch any uncouth swine who disagrees. I don’t think any other band has ever really gotten the...
Album Review: Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me

Album Review: Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me

Band: Against Me! Album: Shape Shift With Me Genre: Punk/Folk rock Date of Release: 16/09/2016 Location: Florida, United States Reviewer: 5StringSamurai For Fans Of: Rancid, Hot Water Music Track Listing: 1. ProVision 2. 12-03 3. Boyfriend 4. Crash 5. Delicate, Petite & Other Things I’ll Never Be 6. 333 7. Haunting, Haunted, Haunts 8. Dead Rats 9. Rebecca 10. Norse Truth 11. Suicide Bomber 10. All Of This And More The primary focus of all martial arts is self-defence. Its easy to swing a tachi (sword) and cause grievous harm, easier yet to point a gun and pull the trigger. True skill lies in learning how to avoid these situations or, if that is not possible, how to counter them and gain the upper hand. An equally import lesson to learn is that its not just physical attacks that you need to be able to defend against. Attacks on your character, beliefs and identity can be just as damaging, not only to your psyche, they can be used in a way to provoke you into physical combat where the enraged mind may falter into making a mistake. The calm mind has a much better chance of seeing through the fog to avoid falling into the trap. In this day and age, it is perhaps more important to learn how to defend against the non-physical attacks than the physical. We are much more likely to come across internet bullying/trolling, discrimination, homophobia, and racism than roving street gangs of armed thugs. You’re number one technique against these attacks is self confidence but this is also easier said then done. We all...