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...
Song Review: “London’s Burning” – GHOULS

Song Review: “London’s Burning” – GHOULS

Song review: London’s Burning Band: GHOULS Location: London, England Date of Release: 25th of April, 2014 Genre: Folk Punk Reviewer: SoulDoubt The problem with being as emotionally invested in the lifestyle, emotion and belief in music as I am, you develop prejudices, you develop the inability to accept change, progression and evolution, its like Chris Rock said in Dogma “I think it’s better to have ideas. You can change an idea. Changing a belief is trickier…” And since this realization I have tried my utmost to resist the urge to believe in anything, rather to have idea’s about music. Now my ideas about punk are unfortunately still phasing out that lingering stench of belief. It is a style that has been used and abused, raped if you will by media, the corporate rock machine and every little brat whoever played “Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance)” at a graduation, they keep the basis but lose the finesse’ or impact, for mass market appeal. Now I get handed this track “London’s Burning” by Ghouls, an obvious Clash reference, now to pray to Joe Strummer that this does not disappoint me like so many have before, and from the moment those horns and oh so British bass tone came in I was hooked, and most surprisingly I discovered that the sound pioneered by Flogging Molly, The Pogue’s and Gogol Bordello, was not stagnant, and still had space to grow and evolve. As I have done before, I’ll state that for me the philosophy lyrically and stylistically is where the heart of a great punk band lies, as Punk is essentially a...