Saviours’ Accelerated Roaming Rocks Hard

Saviours – “We Roam” mp3

What do you expect from a band called Saviours whose record cover involves demons, naked devil chicks and general quasi-biblical mayhem? If you guessed stoner-metal meets speed-metal meets black-metal a’la Sabbath meets Exodus but completely contemporary and exquisitely executed, you win! This kicks buckets of ass. Saviours hail (Satan) from my hometown of Oakland, CA, which has (not so) quietly become the epicenter of a new metal renaissance. Go forth and bang thy head.

Saviours
“We Roam” (mp3)
from “Accelerated Living”
(Kemado)

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The Uprising – “We Don’t Belong” mp3

The Uprising – “We Don’t Belong” mp3

Now this is punk rock. Swift hardcore beat, anthemic choruses and idealistic verses. Kick ass. It’s so right on I have little more to say about it. Download and punk out.

The Uprising
“We Don’t Belong” (mp3)
from “Appetite For Deception”
(Long Live Crime Records)

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For the Win – “Another Day” mp3

For the Win – “Another Day” mp3

New to the ever growing stable of brilliant labels in the IODA camp is Asian Man Records, the indie pop punk ska and whatnot imprint founded by Skankin’ Pickle’s Mike Park. Typical of their signings is For.The.Win out of the label’s own backyard, San Jose, California. Musically belligerent and lyrically hopeful, at once idealistic and ferocious, this is punk rock by people who never got the memos that said “punk is dead” or “punk is mainstream now” or “punk ended when Green Day got big.” As with the blues, rock n’ roll, or any other genre, the heart of punk beats strong as long as there are bands and fans who believe it. Download and punk out.

For the Win
“Another Day” (mp3)
from “The Black & the Blue”
(Asian Man Records)

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Repulsa – “Fuck Yourself “

Repulsa is the nome-de-mayhem of one Tambre Bryant. That’s Tom Hunting, legendary double-kick monster drummer of Exodus, on the drums. Here we find the queen bitch of metal in a sensitive moment, expressing herself.

Repulsa
“Fuck Yourself” (download mp3)
from “Repulsa”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)
Fuck Yourself (play)

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The Sons of Hercules – “Brain Dead” mp3

The Sons of Hercules – “Brain Dead” mp3

Rock is not dead. It is brain dead. The Sons Of Hercules understand the power of not understanding. The subtle genius of retardation. The mastery which flows from lobotomous guitars, beer soaked vocals, and swaggering drum beats. As The Stooges demonstrated in the late 60’s, for a certain kind of rock, dumb is smart. From their “A Different Kind of Ugly” album, I give you, The Sons Of Hercules from San Antonio, Texas, performing “Brain Dead”. Gr8 stupid fun.

The Sons Of Hercules
“Brain Dead” (mp3)
from “A Different Kind of Ugly”
(Saustex Media)

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The Uprising’s “Appetite For Deception” yields punk classic

The Uprising – “We Don’t Belong”

Now this is punk rock. Swift hardcore beat, anthemic choruses and idealistic verses. Kick ass. It’s so right on I have little more to say about it. Download and punk out.

The Uprising
“We Don’t Belong” (mp3)
from “Appetite For Deception”
(Long Live Crime Records)

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