Review VENUES ‘Solace’

A crisis sometimes makes you stronger, something Venues had to believe in when going through a rough patch. The band from Stuttgart, Germany premiered in 2018 with ‘Aspire’', a well-received first release and when singer Nyves parted ways with the band a crucial position became vacant, in the middle of touring to promote the album.... Continue Reading →

CD review CRO-MAGS ‘2020’ (EP)

Cro-Mags have been ready to embark on a worldwide tour with a supposed start at Webster Hall in New York City in March 2020. The tour never got off the ground due to the upcoming pandemic, with gatherings and concerts having been banned. To not become paralyzed and passive, Harley Flanagan and band mates played... Continue Reading →

CD review CRO-MAGS ‘In the Beginning’

Cro-Mags belong without doubt to the pioneers of hardcore. The history of the genre and the history of the band are deeply connected and when an album called 'Age of Quarrel' was unleashed in 1986, the power of an explosive crossover of punk, metal and crossover became evident. The record is a great piece of... Continue Reading →

CD review LIONHEART ‘Valley of Death’

Since I have more of a Metal background the first association with a band named Lionheart is the UK Hard Rock outfit. This time though it’s not about Hard Rock, it’s about Hardcore. Lionheart, that’s also the moniker of an Oakland-based Hardcore band that’s around since 2007. Lionheart’s discography begins with an EP entitled ‘This... Continue Reading →

CD review KADINJA ‘Super 90”

(7/10) Paris, the city of love, is the homebase of a band that calls themselves Kadinja. The guys started in 2013 and debut in 2017 with an album called 'Ascendancy'. After having inked a deal with Arsing Empire the guys do have a new album right in the starting blocks. 'Super 90'' is the name... Continue Reading →

CD review FARMER BOYS ‘Born Again’

(8/10) 'Born Again' - the title couldn't have been chosen much better. Farmer Boys are back again. Matthias Sayer, Alex Scholpp and Ralf Botzenhart, together with Timm Schreiner and Richard Düe, sent some first signals of work in 2017. With 'You and Me' a first single has been released and a bit more than a... Continue Reading →

CD review BETONTOD ‘Vamos!’

(7/10) One year after having released the very successful ‘Revolution’ album, German punk rocker Betontod launched their newest album ‘Vamos!’ a few weeks ago. The story of Betontod is a successful one. The band from Reinberg, Germany started in the early 90’s and after having published some demos it was the ‘Hier kommt Aerger’ album... Continue Reading →

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