Song Review: Airklipz feat. Bingx – “Balance”

Song Review: Airklipz feat. Bingx – “Balance”

Artist: Airklipz feat. Bingx Song: Balance Genre: ‘Conscious’ Hip hop Date of Release: 01/09/2015 Reviewer: Gunter Wurm For Fans Of: Dizzee Rascal I feel it’s a sad state of affairs when acts feel like they need to label themselves as ‘conscious hip hop’. The ‘face’ of hip hop has moved from its origins of commentary on the daily life and struggle, to an overwhelming presence of hype, glam, and commercialism, to a point where a whole new title and category has been created to represent the core sounds. Hip hop’s heart is still there, beating strongly – it just needs to be looked for a little harder. It’s similar to lemon-flavoured soft drink. How far has the world come that ‘lemonade’ has moved so far away from a lemon-based soda, that a second lemon soft drink had to be invented? And yes, Solo is the best soft drink. This track does do that, but while Arklipz and Bingx share their grind of trying to ‘make it’, it really doesn’t connect on any emotional level. There’s no transfer of the hard knocks, just dudes talking about their day to day. I liken it to a 20-something white dude with an acoustic guitar, singing a song about his broken heart. I get it, I relate to it, but make me feel it. Motivate me to get up and achieve something with my life, garner some emotion. The top line/hook doesn’t add any icing on the cake. It should frame the song and give it perspective. Again, like the rest of the song, it tries to, but fall short of making me...
Song Review: Evol Walks – “The Other Side”

Song Review: Evol Walks – “The Other Side”

Band: Evol Walks Song: ‘The Other Side’ Genre: Rock Date of Release: 01/08/2015 Location: Gold Coast, QLD, Australia Reviewer: Mathew Jerkins For Fans Of: Evanescence, P!nk It was a lovely Monday morning, the kind you feel obliged to hate even more for making you think a day like Monday could be a decent day. I was working on a new project that had fallen into my lap when I noticed my Facebook messenger was flashing, indicating I had received a message. I wonder who that is, I thought, as I hovered over the inbox icon and quickly realised I’d just been given another song request from IPHYB. Monday, it seems, was out to punish me. Quickly, I read the band’s name. “Evol Walks?” I said to myself. “That’s a weird way to spell ‘Evil’ … it doesn’t really even classify as sensational spelling … it just doesn’t really make much sen… OHHHH! It’s ‘love’ backwards.” It was at that moment that I froze, a slight twinge of terror danced across my face as I realised the gravity of the situation. “Oh …” I whimpered. “Oh no …” Did you like that? That’s how it happened. Now onto the review. If your Facebook profile currently lists your occupation as “100% FuLl TiMe MuMmY!!!”, then you should probably check this band out, while everyone else should go and listen to something you’ll actually remember tomorrow. With guitars and vocals lifted straight from Evanescence’s B-sides album, generic drums, and a bass line that’s about as memorable as Daniel John’s solo music career, Evol Walks prove that you really CAN write and release...
EP Review: Malrun – “Oblivion Awaits”

EP Review: Malrun – “Oblivion Awaits”

Band: Malrun EP: Oblivion Awaits Genre: Melodic metalcore, pseudo-djent Date of Release: December 4, 2015 Location: Aarhus, Denmark Reviewer: Sam For Fans Of: Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red, In Flames Track Listing: 1. The Underworld – 4:02 2. Oblivion Awaits – 4:16 3. The Wilderness of Pain – 4:05 4. Cold – 5:24 5. Black Rain – 5:03 6. Breaking the Illusion – 4:05 To me, Malrun is one of those bands that few know of but everyone should. This band, specifically their song ‘Light the Way’, got me into metalcore and remain my favorite example of the genre. Djentastic chugging and brutal breakdowns are not their thing, and they know it; in contrast, they write gorgeous major-key melodies and can nail a hook like nobody’s business. Instead of the passé breakdown-of-the-week bullshit we’re currently fed, metalcore bands should follow Malrun’s direction. Going into Oblivion Awaits, I wasn’t sure what that direction would be. Having recently brought vocalist-producer-engineer Nicklas Sonne on board as their new front man, the band had a blank slate to do whatever they wanted. The result was a European tour, opening for noted Thrash Holly favorite Fozzy, and now a six-song EP with cover art you might mistake for a Combichrist record if the band’s logo wasn’t prominently displayed at the bottom. The label’s press release heavily stressed the band’s independence, stating the production had “no interference whatsoever from anyone external to the band.” I took that as a bad sign: if the label is distancing itself from the EP’s production, doesn’t that imply they don’t like it? Of course, there’s only one way to...
Song Review: Gone Dead Train – “Fuhgeddaboudit”

Song Review: Gone Dead Train – “Fuhgeddaboudit”

Band: Gone Dead Train Song: ‘Fuhgeddaboudit’ Genre: Alt Country/Pop Date of Release: 29/01/2015 Location: UK/France Reviewer: 5StringSamurai For Fans Of: The Eagles and Dire Straights (without the good guitar) The Yakuza are rumoured to be the descendants of ronin samurai. Without Daimyos or lords to govern them and provide a steady income, they often resorted to offering ‘protection’ to local business, getting involved in gambling and muscling a cut from any shady activities that occurred within their territories. Their western counterparts are referred to as ‘gangsters’, and while they come in all colours and creeds, the most famous are known as the Mafia. Characteristically, men of Italian descent with tailored suits, slicked back hair, quick tempers, and loose morals. Just the thought of them makes my sword thirst for blood. Whilst I might despise these criminals and how they prey upon the weak and defenceless, there is one quality that I admire about them. They’re fucking cool. Who hasn’t watched such classics as The Godfather, Ichi the Killer, or Young and Dangerous and not felt some affinity for these murderous, law breaking characters? This is perhaps why they are the focus of so many movies, television shows, and in this case, music. ‘Fuhgeddaboudit’ – the catchphrase of the mafioso and the title of this song means to let go of or disregard something. How apt. Plodding through a progression of predictable bass notes and throwaway blues rock guitar chords, there’s not much in the song to excite the listener. There is a constant tinkering of the ivories which adds some intricacy to the otherwise bland structure, but it stays...
Song Review: The Digs – “Ready Set”

Song Review: The Digs – “Ready Set”

Band: The Digs Song: ‘Ready Set’ Genre: Punk Rock, New England Clam Chowder Rock Date of Release: November 21, 2015 Reviewer: Davey Boy For Fans Of: Teenage Bottlerocket, Success, Dunkin’ Donuts Bands like The Digs, who I assume work regular jobs between their proclivity for punk, occasionally suffer from a lack of polish. I presume this comes down to an issue of finance when compared to established bands with larger record label backing. That’s not to say that “Ready Set” is a bad song, in fact quite the opposite. Beantown punks The Digs deliver a track that isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but rather a comfortable, familiar entry into its genre. Remember when the show Friends found its groove in the late 90’s and settled into its snug position as reliable entertainment which didn’t stretch your brain too much? I find this track to be in the same vein, although with decidedly less David Schwimmer. With solid punk rock leanings and the occasional foray into pop punk, The Digs have produced a track with a super catchy chorus but somewhat uninspired verses. I enjoyed the three chords of the chorus and especially the sing-a-long lyrics. The riff during the verses seems to simply chug along although the lyrics appear to have some thought and passionate delivery behind them. I may be over-critical but I enjoy my punk rock with a little more variety and substance during the verses, which are essentially the body of the track. Solos in music can make or break a track in my opinion. Much like a sparkly tassel on a punk rock nipple, a fantastic solo...
Live Review: MISFITS – Rosemount Hotel Sunday 13/12/15

Live Review: MISFITS – Rosemount Hotel Sunday 13/12/15

When people talk about the Misfits these days, the conversations often aren’t very complimentary. Despite Jerry Only being an OG member of the band, he comes off as a poser, an imposter, a third-rate rip-off of Alice Cooper. It makes sense, the band has been through a whole bunch of singers and lineups, and they are closer to being a fashion label than a working band (in a lot of ways). But does it matter? Do you really fucking care? Isn’t sitting at home crying about how Danzig and Doyle are not in the band anymore worse than going out to a show and having some fucking fun? Of course it is, fuck all the politics. Opening up for the legendary punk/hardcore/horror-wop band was, relative new-comers to the Perth scene, Hope Street. These guys have really kicked some ass over the last 12 months, going from “who the fuck are they” to dropping a video and opening for the fucking Misfits. It’s pretty impressive. But it’s also not dumb luck, the guys put on a pretty solid show. Mixing a bit of a pop-punk mentality with some solid street-bounce the songs are not only catchy, they kinda rock too. It’s that combination of being able to sing along while pushing over people and copping elbows to the face thing – which is probably what you’re looking for in a punk band. Although the crowd hadn’t quite filled the room the boys put on a great show, they had a killer energy and seemed to win over the everyone in the room. Honorable mention goes to Todd Fishwick of Castle...