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Desolation Center Film Review

Desolation Center's genealogy of anti-commercial sound takes us to West Berlin, where Einstürzende Neubauten (translation: Collapsing New Buildings) create a new musical lexicon around the use of heavy machinery. It also gives us a glimpse of the New York No Wave scene, where groups like Sonic Youth and Swans are among the first to combine...
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Gallows – Self-Titled Album Review

In July of 2011, Frank Carter, the snarling, cocky, explosive front man of the UK-based hardcore band Gallows left the band over creative differences, and it seemed like the band was done for. After the band pulled what the Guardian called one of the great rock n’ roll swindles, it seemed that the face of...Read...
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Ceremony – Zoo Album Review

I’m going to say it right off the bat: anytime a hardcore band does something that isn’t the stereotypical hardcore sound, it gets automatically bumped up at least one full letter grade for ingenuity in its genre. That may be unfair, but it is one of those things that can’t be fully understood until you’ve...Read...
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Ceremony – Rohnert Park Album Review

Ceremony are a hard band to lump into a simple genre. The quartet is not quite just straight hardcore, although vocalist Ross Farrar’s barking style suggests it; they aren’t just straight punk rock, although the three chord riffs suggest that as well. This frenzied balance between the two genres is perfectly evident in their new...Read...
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The New Enemy – Shakedown EP Album Review

StuffYouWillHate.com has quickly become one of my favorite new online blogs because the neon-clad-fashioncore-six-years-too-late kids who are featured there remind me why I hate new bands. Kids like Brokencyde who scream over computerized, plasticy beats are suddenly darlings, and everyone accepts them because most high schoolers wouldn’t know a tasty jam if it hit ’em...Read...