Song Review: Attila – “Ignite”

Song Review: Attila – “Ignite”

Band: Attila Song: Ignite Genre: Metalcore Date of Release: September 24, 2016 Location: Atlanta, Georgia For Fans Of: Vaping Oh, boy. Attila are back. I won’t bore you with their history — it’s likely you’ve heard of them by now and are familiar with their particular brand of cringe. So let’s get straight into it. Fronzilla opens with “It’s about that time / this the year we take shit off the internet / and take it to the streets, motherfucker”, and I’m immediately sceptical. He’s obviously talking about internet beef (unless his next project is going to be some avant-garde real-life meme performance art), and I I can’t help but be a little dubious of a bloke who wears singlets brandishing the slogan “SUCK MY FUCK” and posts bed-selfies on the reg. If Fronz did actually try to take anything to “the streets”, his dick would be violently punched off within 30 seconds for his $10,000 watch, or perhaps more likely, someone will take his invitation to suck his fuck too literally and he would perish in a bizarre sexual encounter with a group of randy Australian tourists. In the chorus he whines “Don’t give a damn what people say / Save it for another day / You gonna talk the talk then walk this way / Or save it for another day.” Basically, he’s challenging shit-talkers to take their internet grievances directly to the band themselves, to “the streets”, while simultaneously making it very clear that he doesn’t care what you think. In practice, feel free to talk smack on Atilla all you want, just make sure to...
EP Review: Prophets of Rage – The Party’s Over

EP Review: Prophets of Rage – The Party’s Over

Band: Prophets of Rage Album: The Party’s Over Genre: Rap rock Date of Release: August 26, 2016 Location: Los Angeles, California, USA Reviewer: Sam For Fans Of: Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Cypress Hill Track Listing: 1. Prophets of Rage – 3:10 2. The Party’s Over – 3:32 3. Killing in the Name (Live) – 5:16 4. Shut ‘Em Down (Live) – 3:35 5. No Sleep ‘Til Cleveland (Live) – 5:14 Allow me to start off by saying that I have a lot of respect for Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford. It takes talent to apply average songwriting to above average ability and make it an iconic part of 90’s culture. But then again, the AIDS epidemic was an iconic part of 80’s culture, so that isn’t saying much on its own. Although I am a fan of Rage Against the Machine, I do believe that they have always been held in a slightly higher standard than they deserve, and the newest project from their core three members, Prophets of Rage, proves that they’ve well and truly jumped the shark. They can’t be bothered to innovate anymore; they’re feeding the waiting public table scraps from a 20-year-old dish. Their soapbox is rotting and rapidly losing structural integrity. Their ship has sailed and they’re selling cabin space on the lifeboats. Jesus, I feel like John Cleese in the Monty Python parrot sketch trying to describe how laughably lackadaisical this EP is. “Hey,” they said. The critics liked Renegades when it came out 15 years ago, right? Let’s do the same thing, but instead of one rapper, let’s get...
Album Review: FLAW – Divided We Fall

Album Review: FLAW – Divided We Fall

Band: FLAW Album: Divided We Fall Genre: Nu metal, alternative metal, hard rock Date of Release: August 19, 2016 Location: Louisville, Kentucky, USA Reviewer: Sam For Fans Of: Nonpoint, Korn, Sevendust Track Listing: 1. Fed Up (;C4USE22) – 4:01 2. Do You Remember – 3:47 3. Fatal Fall – 3:36 4. Live and Breathe – 3:10 5. Choices – 3:20 6. Wipe Away the Dust – 4:01 7. Bleed Red – 3:39 8. Let Me Go – 3:43 9. Heal – 3:53 10. When You Grieve… – 3:26 11. My Letter – 4:23 A comeback is not an easy thing to accomplish. There’s a lot of pressure that rides on the shoulders of a return, and most find themselves crushed by the weight. After 12 years of inactivity, FLAW has expectations to exceed and odds to overcome. If you don’t know (and chances are you don’t), FLAW was a pretty great nu metal group back in the early 2000’s. They had a couple hits, toured as part of Ozzfest, and eventually got swept up in the .com boom that left lots of bands high, dry, and without a label. Now, in the midst of a major nu metal revival, the band is ready for round two. Older, wiser, more experienced, and more skilled, they’re back and trying to make a name for themselves once again. So the question is, does Divided We Fall sweep away the sands of time and re-establish FLAW as a player in the active rock scene? Well, I’m not gonna tell you yet. Read the rest of the review and see for yourself. If you’re...
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...
Live Review: THE JEZABELS @ Manning Bar, Sydney (14/09/16)

Live Review: THE JEZABELS @ Manning Bar, Sydney (14/09/16)

Band: The Jezabels Venue: Manning Bar, Sydney Date: 14th September, 2016 Reviewer: Karl Grovenor On the 14th of September, 2016, a secret gig by former triple j poster children The Jezabels was announced. Returning to Sydney’s Manning Bar just shy of ten years after their first show on the very same stage, the band would perform an intimate eight-song set, breaking a brief hiatus with the same blend of finesse and energy that made them a phenomenon. It’s hard not to view the career arc of the local Sydney indie-pop darlings in the same light as that of a child actor. For all intents and purposes, the band was still in its infancy when songs like ‘Disco Biscuit Love’ and ‘Hurt Me’ began to dominate the airwaves on radio stations like JJJ and FBI. Indeed, with their first trilogy of EPs, the band found themselves sitting on an almost obscenely brilliant discography, capped off by their masterwork, 2010’s Dark Storm, without even having yet released a full-length album. For a few years, the former University of Sydney students were the soundtrack to every front-porch craft-beer tasting session in Surry Hills – and quite a few boozy nights at the Annandale as well. Like every child actor, however, their transition to adolescence was fraught with troubles. Though not as dramatic as Macaulay Culkin exclusively performing Velvet Underground songs with lyrics about pizza, the increasing focus on subtle songwriting and radio hooks displayed on the follow-up to their hailed 2011 debut album Prisoner, The Brink, left as many people swaying their hips to ‘Time To Dance’ as it did bewildered by...