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CHELSEA WOLFE:
Abyss: CD/LP
Chelsea Wolfe’s latest album Abyss is easily her best. It is also fair to say it is her heaviest, musically speaking, and darkest lyrically. Put heavy and dark together and you’ve got this reviewer’s attention. The heaviness is in large part due to Russian Circles guitarist Mike Sullivan who adds some great riffs. The darkness in the lyrics can be attributed to Wolfe’s experience with sleep paralysis, Robin Williams’ suicide, and the suicide of a Chinese poet. This lyrical darkness is mirrored musically by some exquisite additions of strings and keys as well as small things like the bite of the snare on “Grey Days.” It’s the little things that add up on Abyss. It doesn’t hurt that John Congleton (Swans, Explosions In The Sky) is behind the helm, making everything sound big without being grandiose. Wolfe still has that folk/goth/metal thing going on, but on Abyss she’s made it all her own, turning in a stunning, morose, meditative fifty-six minutes of music.  –kurt (Sargent House, sargenthouse.com)


CLOCKED OUT:
Self-titled: LP
U.K. über-thrashin’ with a big, loud guitar sound and enough adrenaline pumped in to get ye bouncing off the walls in short order. Singer sounds like he is gonna howl up his spleen any second. Fans of Nine Shocks Terror take note.  –jimmy (Super Fi, superfirecords.co.uk)


CLOUD RAT:
Qliphoth: LP
Fucking hell! Where have Cloud Rat been all my life? Or better yet, how far has my head up been my own ass all this time? There’s quite the heap of influences to uncover with each track but the album predominantly shines the spotlight on grind, metalcore, and perhaps even some black metal, though mostly by way of the rapid-fire, non-stop drum blasts. Some of the heavier riffs invoke the stoner sludge tendencies of bands like Eyehategod or Buzzoven. I seriously haven’t heard an album so varied in style yet so perfectly balanced since Soilent Green’s 1998 juggernaut Sewn Mouth Secrets. If there were any justice in this world, Cloud Rat would be sending many a shoegaze-core band running home to change their diapers. All hail Qliphoth!  –Juan Espinosa (Halo Of Flies / IFB / Moment Of Collapse / React With Protest / 7 Degrees)


CLOUD RAT:
Qliphoth: LP
Grindy crust? Crusty grind? Hard to decide when your full attention is focused on the fact the singer sounds like the kid from Bobby’s Worldin full-tantrum mode.  –jimmy (Halo Of Flies)


CONAN NEUTRON & THE SECRET FRIENDS:
The Enemy of Everyone: CD/LP
I’ve known Conan Neutron (guitarist/vocalist) for about fifteen years. I am familiar with his many band projects (Replicator, MountVicious, and Victory And Associates), and I think it’s safe to say that his latest project is his best. Complementing Neutron are Tony Ash (Coliseum, Trophy Wives) on bass, and Dale Crover (Melvins) on drums. It’s a hard-hitting trio that is complemented on one song (“Fight Math”) by the aggressive, dynamic Eugene Robinson (Oxbow) on vocals. Despite the eight other tracks of solid rock’n’roll, Robinson’s contribution makes “Fight Math” easily the best song on the album because—let’s face it—Eugene Robinson is crazy. His vocals work perfectly with the apocalyptic rock sound on that song. The rest of the album is great, too. The music is a good mix of some Fugazi (who has always been an influence on Neutron’s sound), Cheap Trick, and Black Sabbath. At thirty minutes, it’s the perfect length. I’d say check this out. It’s worth your time.  –kurt (Self-released, neutronfriends.bandcamp.com)


CONFLICT:
The Final Conflict: LP
A Czech pressing of this venerable band’s 1988 album, originally on Mortarhate. Funny thing about dismissing a band out of hand and revisiting ‘em three decades later is that sometimes they turn out to be more interesting than you originally gave ‘em credit for being. Like many of their peace punk brethren, I pretty much wrote Conflict off as just another bombastic bunch of twaddlers pushing an agenda long discarded by the hippies via loud British thrashing. It wasn’t that I disagreed with what they were on about, but they just felt so finger-pointy in their execution that being the smug brat I was, I pointed back with a different finger extended. There’s much of what initially turned me off in evidence here, and their singular wham-bang style remains in much the same mode as I remember it being on their first album. Somewhere in the middle they start stretching out a bit, first by tossing in some Crass influence here and there, then some new wavy dance, then they’re off on a rasta bender, and then their indulging their inner disco bunny. Nice bits, those, which indicate there was/is much more going on here, which likely explains their enduring popularity. Between this and a more recent release I reviewed a decade or so ago, I gotta hang my head a bit and admit that maybe, just maybe, they ain’t as bad as I once painted ‘em.  –jimmy (PHR, phr.cz)


CONNOISSEUR:
Stoner Justice: CD
Oakland, CA’s Connoisseur play some insane, grinding hardcore comparable to the most current Dropdead records but with obvious stoner/sludge elements. To say these guys like smoking pot is like saying that Project X was just a fun group of guys who respected your recreational choices. I mean, every single song is about fucking weed and the concept gets a little tired after a while, which is why the musical execution is this CD’s saving grace for me. In the past, bands like Exit 13 made it perfectly clear that they were pro-marijuana but kept shit interesting while embracing other important topics such as eco-consciousness, anti-vivisection, and Belgian beers. Not being a Judge Judy here, just saying; the last guy I knew of who took a plant so seriously ended up playing the fucking theremin along to some of the most influential punk songs ever (that he actually wrote). As long as Connoisseur keep it brutal, though, I see them stoking out (and smoking out) many, many red-eyed grind freaks the world over.  –Juan Espinosa (Tankcrimes)


CONNOISSEUR:
Stoner Justice: LP
Thrashin’ holy hell! Oakland’s Connoisseur knows what they want and are totally going for it! Humor and brutality have a way of cancelling themselves out if done poorly. While bands like Brujeria, Blöödhag, Crom, and others have proven that it is possible, it’s a daunting task nonetheless. Connoisseur rises to the task with a shtick that many fans of heavy and fast music can relate to: being a total pothead. The cover art is hilarious and bad ass. The fourteen tracks on the record grind’n’thrash at varying tempos from the sludgy depths of “(Destroy the) Smoke Machines” to the twenty-one second, circle pit summoning “Machinegun Grenade.” Like In Defence, if you’re looking for a current band that rips but isn’t necessarily focusing on society’s miseries, Connoisseur pulls it off.  –Daryl Gussin (Tankcrimes)


COORDINATED SUICIDES:
Life Is Beautiful: CS
A solid take on AmRep-style hate scuzz. Within a single song I can practically see the cords bulging from the singer’s neck as he howls his misanthropic anguish over locust buzz of guitar and sludge bass. The first Unsane record is a good reference point here. Unrelenting.  –Michael T. Fournier (coordinatedsuicides.bandcamp.com)


COUNTDOWN TO ARMAGEDDON / DUESENJAEGER:
Split: 7”
Duesenjaeger: Mid-tempo melodic German punk with dual-octave guitar leads and vocals that are more spoken than shouted. Countdown To Armageddon: Gruff vocal punk with the dual-octave leads also in evidence but with a darker undertow at work overall.  –jimmy (Aborted Society)


CRUELSTER / PUTRID CAUSE:
Split: 7”
This Ohio-born split from Cleveland’s Cruelster and short-lived Columbus outfit Putrid Cause is an exercise in classic fuck you hardcore. Pressed on baby shit green wax and wrapped in Cruelster bassist Nathan Ward’s distinctly DIY zine-esque packaging, this limited release instantly communicates its aim. Nary a single song on the record passes the two minute mark—including Cruelster’s amped-up cover of the Ramones’ “Freak of Nature”—but each one is packed with enough misanthropy, rage, and social unrest to leave any fan of old school hardcore aching to run into the pit wielding a pool ball in a sock.  –Kelley O’Death (Turbine Piss, turbinepissrecords.bigcartel.com)


CRY COYOTE:
After the Fact: CS
Cowpunk for sure, Cry Coyote is a heavy dose of country-blues jam with some sloppy-ass swagger. ThinkNickCave, Cramps, and John Spencer’s Blues Explosion on like three bottles of whiskey. If you’re looking for a soundtrack to break shit and drown your sorrows with, here you go.  –Camylle Reynolds (Self-released, myspace.com/crycoyote)


D.O.A.:
Hard Rain Falling: CD
Joe Keithley is back with a new lineup (Dirty Dan Sedan, we will miss you) and a new record. It is fast and furious on most of the songs presented, although we get to catch a breath during “Johnny Too Bad.” If you are looking to clean your ears without the use of a pesky Q-Tip, just crank “Warmonger” or “Kicked in the Teeth” up to eleven. Another solid outing from the band that will stand strong next to their earliest work. Highly recommended.  –koepenick (Sudden Death, info@suddendeath.com)


DADDY LONG LEGS:
Rides Tonight: CD
My first introduction to Daddy Long Legs is this slab of solid, live barroom sloppiness. The music is overdriven blues-punk riffs in the best way. Presented and sounding awesome live. I don’t know the band well enough to pick out the songs, but this is a fun listen. That’s saying something if you don’t know the songs. Live albums are more for the fans. I feel the testimony. I enjoyed this without having to research it. Sometimes fun is enough. Good barroom fury.  –Billups Allen (Norton)


DAN MELCHIOR:
“A Non Person” b/w “Hesitation Blues”: 45
Eccentro-blues expat Melchior emits his zillionth record, featuring an A side about how everyone’s a musician or an actor that, if I knew more about friggin’ Beck, I might say sounded like an older, garagier, Englisher Beck. The real gem is the flip, an old blues number dating back to the nineteen-teens, that starts out nonchalantly enough with just vocals and guitar, but progressively heaps on more and more instruments (is that a farty old Korg 707???) and builds to an impermeable Metal Machine Music-sized squall of fuzz, distortion, noise, and general cacophony. This puts “In the Hall of Mountain King” to shame. For shame, “In the Hall of Mountain King!” For shame! BEST SONG: “Hesitation Blues” BEST SONG TITLE: “Hesitation Blues” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: “Hesitation Blues” is cataloged as Roud Folk Song Index number 11765.  –norb (Spacecase)


DAN WEBB AND THE SPIDERS:
Perfect Problem: LP
Gah! File under: Desperately Wanted To Like It More Than I Did. After three full lengths, a ton of 7”s and splits, an acoustic record, and a bunch of demos, all in a relatively short number of years, it feels like this band—who I still believe is fantastic—might have hit a bit of a stumbling spot with Perfect Problem. All the elements are still in place: Webb’s careworn vocals, his smart and tough luck lyrics, all set to catchy garage stuff with just enough gloss and bone-simple guitar leads to keep things moving along… but there’s just something missing this time around. It’s still good, but there’s just not that sense of awestruck completion that I’m used to with the band’s stuff. The fact that this LP was recorded by three different engineers over the space of a year might have something to do with it. Like I said, it’s still good, and there’s still a few songs rife with that earlier, assured, and incendiary quality—the title track’s a great example—but I’d first introduce new fans to Oh Sure or their singles collection, Now It Can Be Told, before this one. Sorry, guys.  –keith (Gunner)


DARK AGES:
Vapor: LP
This is hardcore that rocks. I like it a lot. I’m tempted to leave it there, but feel that my enjoyment of this record warrants more explanation. Dark Ages play tuneful hardcore that’s evolved past thrashing without losing any bite. The guitars aren’t one thousand percent fuzz and the singer has more of a rock’n’roll yowl than a scream. He sorta sounds like the guy from Voivod. Each song is thoughtfully assembled with a unique flourish like an odd guitar lead, a drum freakout, or a beat that’s not quite in 4/4 time. This results in songs that stand on their own, and a ten-song LP that flies by fast. I’m at a loss for references, but it reminded a friend of mid ‘80s Die Kreuzen or this current band called Leather. So, there you go.  –Chris Terry (Sorry State)


DARK CIRCLES:
MMXIV: LP
Dark Circles are from Montreal but sound like gnarly Netherlands metal. The vocals are crusty as hell and there are a lot of d-beat drums, but I like that the guitars have more of a punk sound to them, like on “Distress.” The guitar gets a bit thin and jagged, leaning towards post-punk. Songs like “Darkness Purveyor” start with a more traditional punk rock drum and bass intro and go into a slower (for them), more driving song. Most of their songs are around the two-minute mark, which is perfect for me. Less leaves you wanting more. Great packaging, great record.  –Ryan Nichols (Moment Of Collapse, info@momentofcollapse.com)


DEAD BARS:
“Emergency” b/w “Off the Ground”: 7”
If smell is seventy-five percent of taste, then what percentage of a band does the vocalist make? I mean, there are only so many chords and notes. How you put those chords and notes is important, mind you… there are many bands who fail to write any similance of a catchy tune. But the noise that escapes the singer’s mouth has got to be an even higher make or break percentage. John Maiello’s raspy, singing shriek warmed my earballs the first time I heard it, like a close-talking smoker friend who had one too many at the show and really needs to tell you something. Add him to the list of distinctive vocalists like Sam from NMDS or the guy from Ringers who keep me flipping the record over and over. These two tunes are short, sweet, pounding, and anthemic hardcore pop punk. Quit messing around with these 7”s and give us an LP already.  –Matt Seward (Eager Beaver, eagerbeaverrecords.bandcamp.com)


DEAD DRUGS:
Pillow Talk: 7” EP
Dead Drugs is a one-person band made up solely of Jeffery “Drugs” Piatkowski, who plays guitar and feet drums while singing. One-member bands either work spectacularly or fail miserably. Thankfully, I loved every second of this from the opening chords. On Pillow Talk Piatkowski acts as a musical psychic medium, channeling the spirits of early rock’n’roll pioneers. Every track is loaded with the kind of hooks you’d imagine hearing blasting out your speakers in the ‘50s or ‘60s, introduced by an over-the-top DJ. The riffs are catchy and allow Piatkowski chances to demonstrate his guitar virtuosity. How he manages to shred on guitar as intensely as he does, while simultaneously singing and playing drums with his feet, only the gods know. This 7” gets better with every spin and just might be my newest musical addiction.  –Paul J. Comeau (Manglor, jeffreypiatkowski@gmail.com)


DECENT CRIMINAL / SCREAMING MIMIS:
Split: 7”
There’s been an upsurge of surf-influenced garage punk recently, and I’ve dug most of the bands that I’ve come across. With this split 7”, Decent Criminal and Screaming Mimis are two more bands dipping their toes in that water. I like surf-influenced stuff when it’s jangly and loud, and both of these bands were a bit mellower than what I usually gravitate towards. The recordings sounded washed out, and the effect did little for me. Of the two bands, I was a bigger fan of Decent Criminal because they had the most energy. The Mimis cut loose pretty well on the back half of “Stay Close” but otherwise they felt rather subdued by comparison.  –Paul J. Comeau (Dumptruck / Sweet Lodge, sweetlodgerecordings.bandcamp.com)


EQUINOX:
Demo: CD
Despite the cheesy band photo, where they’re all decked out in this summer’s latest fashion of studs, spikes, and retro band shirts, this is not bad. I even have to give it to them for having a cover with Cthulu coming down and laying waste to some city. Musically, they definitely take from the RiotCity type bands, but don’t affect any fake British accents, fortunately. The songs tend to be fast, aggressive, and catchy, with a vocalist who can deliver the words with undeniable directness. The first three songs are the best and have the most power (especially “Disorder (In Society)” with its vocal interchange on the chorus, and the blistering music). If they can write more songs like these, they could be a force to reckon with.  –Matt Average (Equinox, equinox.com, equinoxpunx.bandcamp.com)


DEFIANCE:
The Very Best of…: CD
Pretty shoddy packaging for a “Best of,” which smells of cheap cash-in. The tunes lying within, however, are tremendous. As with stuff from the past, there needs to be some context to understand the present. Long before the Warped Tour and clowns with mohawks in shopping malls, there were a select few American bands with liberty spikes, studded jackets, and a political agenda. While Fat and Epitaph started their roads to glory, bands like Resist, Deprived, and Defiance carried the torch for UK82. I saw Defiance in a squat in London in the early ‘90s and they were great, even though we laughed at how “punk” they were. This shit all stands the test of time, sounding like a politicized Abrasive Wheels. I have all this shit on vinyl, so this crap CD is landfill. If you missed out, dig in.  –Tim Brooks (Jailhouse, jailhoserecords.com)


DER FADEN:
“Best Guess” b/w “Filaments”: 7"
I often wonder if Todd and Daryl make little puzzles for me to solve. Trails of breadcrumbs to keep my brain ticking. Pulled this out and thought, “Great, some German emo shit,” threw it on… wait a second! This sounds like the Statues, one of my favorite bands, the Statues? Couple of key clicks and I’m on the money. Rob from the Statues with his fiancée Sarah. It’s just great songwriting and recording by a dude who knows how to write a jam. The singing is undeniably Rob from the Statues but music is straight up 1980 power pop: Pointed Sticks meets the Outcasts. A look at the label and I realize my mate Chris at Dirt Cult jumped on this. Lovely little two songer!  –Tim Brooks (Dirt Cult, dirtcultrecords.com)


DOCTOR BISON:
Dewhursts: The Musical/Bring It On: 2 x LP/CD
As the second of two Bison reissues, this is the one that really highlights the songwriting skills of Baz Oldfield. He has a great turn of phrase and, as serious as some of the themes might be, he does his level best to inject humor into his lyrics wherever possible. Add to that frequent references to his (and my) hometown of Newport, Wales, and listening to these songs guarantees a sense of belonging and a big grin across my face, with “Ringland Tuxedo” leading the way on both counts. Great melodic punk rock swathed in the meaty guitar sound of Dickie Hammond.  –Rich Cocksedge (Boss Tuneage, bosstuneage.com)


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