Thursday, December 31, 2009

Shelter - Mantra

Shelter - Mantra (1995)

Probably my favorite Shelter record. It's extremely catchy as hell with songs like Message Of The Bhagavat (which sounds kinda nu-metally) and Here We Go (which has an awesome classic music video with it). Let's all get Krishna haircuts and buy a pair of JNCOs to mosh in. Enjoy.

Bl'ast! - It's In My Blood + School's Out

Bl'ast! - It's In My Blood (1987)
Bl'ast! - School's Out (1987)

This band was from California and sounded like Black Flag. Can't go wrong with that! This file has both the LP It's In My Blood and the EP School's Out as one file. These records are seriously amazing and I can't imagine anyone who is into hardcore not to like them. Pardon me if that sounded a bit elitist, but this band is seriously that good. Enjoy.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Attitude Adjustment - Dead Serious Demo

Attitude Adjustment - Dead Serious Demo (1985)

Awesome California band who was on the End The Warzone compilation with a bunch of other awesome bands. This band was fast and did the whole hardcore crossover into thrash deal and they did it well. Check out this demo because it's fucking sweet. Enjoy.

Count Me Out - Permanent

Count Me Out - Permanent (2002)

Great straight edge band from Richmond, Virginia. I believe this was their last release before they called it quits. Enjoy.

The Wrong Side - The Wrong Side Of The Grave

The Wrong Side - The Wrong Side Of The Grave (2004)

Previously known as Dumptruck this Lockin Out band featured members of bands like Righteous Jams and Mental. They are funky, heavy, and awesome. They are kind of still a band, but not really. It's complicated. Instead of worrying about it, get the record and mosh. Enjoy.

The Freeze - Guilty Face

The Freeze - Guilty Face (1984)

Awesome early Boston hardcore band who were really from Cape Cod. No one ever talks about the Freeze and I don't know why because they are fucking awesome. Great record. Enjoy.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Reconcile - Youth Crew 1999

Reconcile - Youth Crew 1999 (1999)

From Argentina, this band is fast melodic youth crew. 7 Seconds, Youth Of Today, and Insted are easily influences as you can hear it in the music. Still alive and kick'n after 10 years, this band is still pretty sweet. Enjoy.

Rotting Out - This Is Just A Life

Rotting Out - This Is Just A Life (2007)

The actual demo was released in 2007, but it was released as a 7" that included a couple more tracks and a couple covers in early 2009 I think. Either way, this is a great band from California with pissed off fast hardcore. You're never gonna make it with your positive views! Enjoy.

Four Walls Falling - Demo '87

Four Walls Falling - Demo '87 (1987)

First demo of one of my favorite hardcore bands ever. Richmond hardcore on top. Enjoy.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Edgewise - Silent Rage

Edgewise - Silent Rage (1990)

The original 7" was Smorgasbord's 3rd release, but this is the re-issue (hence the re-issue art) which is the 7" plus two other tracks that I think were from some comps or something. This band was from Pennsylvania and they were fucking hard. Another record that defines early 90s hardcore as it transitioned and got a bit more metallic. Other bands that come to mind are Release and Turning Point a bit but heavier. I'm having a tough time describing this. Just check it out! Enjoy.

Damage Control - Can't Keep Us Down

Damage Control - Can't Keep Us Down (2001)

Awesome Norwegian hardcore band. Fasted paced youth crew band with melody in both the music and vocals. Great band and in my opinion, underrated. Check out this earlier album of theirs! Enjoy.

Bad Seed - Demo II

Bad Seed - Demo II (2008)

I think this is the album art of their 1st demo, but I don't care. Sick band from PA. I guess this is just a side project deal of a couple members of the band Title Fight. Apples and oranges, but I like Bad Seed more and this demo fucking rules. Check it. Enjoy.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Backtrack - Demo

Backtrack - Demo (2008)

I love the stack of newer bands holding the oldschool NYHC sound and I feel this band is one that does it extremely well. I'm pretty sure they got their name from the Raw Deal song which is awesome and fitting because you can hear the influence, though they add their own uniqueness to this mix. Check out this demo. Enjoy.

Doubledealer - Demo MMIX

Doubledealer - Demo MMIX (2009)

This is the demo of a newer band from Delaware who's pretty damn good. They are heavy and seems to grab influence from bands like Merauder and Ringworm. This demo is very "bouncy" as I like to call it, fast, and heavy. It's seriously fucking awesome and since this band is fairly new, my opinion is they will be tearing up the US in no time. Check it out. Enjoy.

Envision - Changing Times

Envision - Changing Times (2009)

This band has been around for 10 years now, but they still released an amazing demo in 2009 and you should check it out. Being from Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada, this band is greatly underrated and I feel if they were in the US during the "youth crew revival" era of hardcore they'd be definitely more well known. With that said, if you're into those revival bands, check this band out for sure. Great band! Enjoy.

Floorpunch - Fast Times At The Jersey Shore

Floorpunch - Fast Times At The Jersey Shore (1998)

One of my favorite band of the late 90's for sure. This band is like if Youth Of Today, Judge, Breakdown and Raw Deal had a circle jerk and formed a super sperm that was given to a woman. Behold, Floorpunch is born! This album is very good and if you're a fan of any of the bands I just mentioned, check this out. Oh, and their intro sounds just like the Release intro and I'm pretty sure they have a member of Release in the band. Enjoy.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Sick Of It All - Scratch The Surface

Sick Of It All - Scratch The Surface (1994)

A great record, though I choose Blood, Sweat & No Tears and Just Look Around over it any day. I absolutely love this band as a whole and this record has a bunch of awesome, catchy songs. Scratch The Surface, Step Down, and even a Straight Ahead cover! Amazing band, great record, get it now! Enjoy.

Junkyard Dogs - Demo 2009

Junkyard Dogs - Demo (2009)

It's a shame this band was so short-lived. They were a style I was very fond of and reminded me of current bands like Trapped Under Ice, Backtrack and Bad Seed and NYHC in the vain of Breakdown, Merauder and Biohazard. If you like any of those bands, check out this Richmond based band. Enjoy.

Gray Matter - Take It Back

Gray Matter - Take It Back (1985)

One of my favorite of the "revolution summer" Dischord releases. Their sound is melodic punk, with raw vocals and it strays away from the sheer aggression and speed of hardcore bands before them. If you're a fan of bands like Moss Icon, Beefeater, or Embrace, then you probably already have this record. If you don't, get it now. Enjoy.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Snapcase - Comatose

Snapcase - Comatose (1992)

Fucking awesome first EP of an amazing band from Buffalo, NY. This 2 song EP is seriously amazing and to me a defining record for that heavy 90's metallic sound. I believe this EP had a different vocalist than the records that followed after but don't quote me on that. Either way great record from a time Victory Records was actually good. Enjoy.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Jaguarz - Jungle Jamz

Jaguarz - Jungle Jamz (2003)

Another early Lockin Out exclusive and this album fucking rips. Jaguarz was an edge band from Boston. This, honestly, is probably one of my favorite Lockin Out releases. It's fast and not too complicated or overdone with hip hop influence. It's a shame this band was underrated and no one ever talks about them anymore. Great record nonetheless! Enjoy.

Crunch Time - The Realness

Crunch Time - The Realness (2003)

Yo, it's time for another Lockin' Out exclusive. This is Crunch Time, the Realness! I love this 7" so much. It's the typical Lockin Out sound, a little more youth crew sounding but with the rappy vocals very similar to Mental's vocals. Full of face paced riffs, sick transitions, and funky breakdowns, this is a must for any Lockin Out fan! Enjoy.

Bloodtype - Demo

Bloodtype - Demo (2009)

One of my favorite demos of this year. This NJ straight edge bands brings it fast, raw, and pissed off. That's exactly how I like it! If you love bands like The Abused, Antidote, Straight Ahead, and SSD you'll be into this demo. Enjoy.